DIY stenciled tiles

Here’s the “before” shot of the kitchen

For the longest time, I’ve tried to pinpoint my design style or esthetic, but then I though: “Who cares?” Every time I look at houses online or in magazines, I always say I would love to have that style, but no matter what, I always gravitate toward old, vintage, or diy upcycling. Catching a pattern there? Even if I had tons of money to dedicated to renovations and redecorating, I think I would mostly choose to paint something or figure out a way to change it on the cheap to make it work. Don’t get me wrong. I could definitely go for a shiny new kitchen, but in the meantime covering up the old is workin’ just fine.

Having said that, after much consideration, I finally went for it and stenciled my kitchen floor. I had been seeing examples online for several months and really wanted a cheap way to camouflage the dingy old tiles that were an eye sore in my kitchen. I had been discouraged to do it for fear that it wouldn’t last, considering it’s such a high-traffic area in my home. Well, I went for it and sure am happy that I did. The project was completed a couple of months ago and it’s holding up really well.

If you’re considering doing this, here are the steps that I followed to get the results you see in the photos:

  1. Wash your floor with warm water and two caps full of white vinegar. Make sure to scrub off anything that might be stuck on the tiles as you don’t want them to end up under the paint.
  2. Let the floor dry thoroughly.
  3. Paint one coat of primer over entire floor surface using a foam roller. (I think the foam roller provides the best finish.) I used Bullseye primer
  4. After letting the primer dry for the time indicated on the can, paint two coats of chalk paint, leaving indicated drying time between coats. Once again, I used a small foam roller for this. I also used a small flat brush to cut the edges and do any touch ups. I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in pure white
  5. Once the paint is dry, sweep to make sure there is no debris on the floor. I did this several times.
  6. Use a stencil of your choice to add some pretty detail to the floor. I chose a 12″ by 12″ stencil that fit my floor tiles, but you can use a different size and not bother following the grout lines. Once again, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint with a foam roller and applied a thin coat of Paris Grey with the Toledo stencil from Royal Stencils
  7. You will probably have to periodically rinse/scrape off the paint from the stencil since it will build up and change the image.
  8. Let the paint dry, sweep and wash the floor with warm water and a sponge.
  9. Once dry, put one clear coat of clear polyurethane.

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