{stories of a house} stencilling the floor

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{ta da!}
Back in 2008 we nailed down planks of wood on our kitchen floor and painted with porch paint. I repaint my floors every year, just for a change and for fun! For the past couple of years I've played it safe with a single neutral colour that matches my curtains.

I've learned a lot about painted floors and this is what I know: most floor paint you buy is an indoor/outdoor porch paint and it comes as a water based paint. The only oil based paint I can find that is indoor/outdoor comes in a high gloss and well, glossy floors show all the imperfections. Water based paint, if applied in thin layers and allowed to dry in-between looks okay. If you paint with thick layers, the paint doesn't fully cure and "stuff" gets embedded in the floor.

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{by the back door with just porch paint}

So that's what happened to us, we painted our floors last Summer and then went away for 3 days and allowed it to dry. Since the Summer so much "stuff" has been embedded into the floor and every Winter the mud from outside gets tracked in and it looks like crap! My solution was to stencil the floor to hide the kitchen "stuff" that gets embedded and the mud that gets tracked in.

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{getting ready to stencil}
I used the Sea Scrolls Stencil from Royal Design Studios Stencils. The stencil comes with some handy instructions and some tips to keep in mind. It also came with an extra piece of the same stencil to use along the edges.

I cleaned my kitchen floors first, it's not glossy and it didn't have anything other than porch paint on it. When my floor was dry I laid my stencil down in one corner and away I went!

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{dry brushing the paint on}
I found that the key to a good stencil job is to work with a very dry brush. I dipped my paintbrush into the paint and then dabbed it on a paper towel until the brush was almost dry. I also swirled my brush in a circular motion when I was painting it onto the floor, it looked better than the pouncing method (I tested on a piece of cardboard first).

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{lining up the register marks}
Stencilling a floor is pretty easy as I didn't have to tape my stencil in place (other than the edges I used tape and my knee) and I worked on it slowly. My stencil had very small register marks on all four sides that showed me where to line up the stencil when moving to the adjacent area. I just pointed out each day to my family where the wet paint was, it was like a game.

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{floor just painted}
My floor turned out great, I think. I allowed my paint to dry for a few days and I didn't wash it (yippee) for a few days either. I spent some time touching it up here and there too.

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{scuffing up the paint}
When my floor had some time to cure I took a scrubby pad to it and slightly distressed it. I did this because it's going to get worn in high traffic areas anyway and I wanted it to look old all over. I'm not sealing my floor either.

{stories of a house} stencilling the floor - Inspire Me Heather
{and it's done!}
So there we have it, my floor is done (for now). Do you like it?? So far I'm getting the "did you just do this or was it like this before?" comments and everybody that has seen it thinks that it looks great!

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Disclosure: Royal Design Studio Stencils provided me with the stencil for this project. I was not otherwise compensated for this post and all opinions are my own. You can find their beautiful stencils here: http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/

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13 comments:

  1. Super cute look Heather! I love that stencil!

    I'm so into painted floors these days. If only I had the guts to tear up the laminate floor in my living/dining room, but so far I'm scared of what I'll find below it!

    Have a great day!

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  2. I love this! Great job! :)

    Lindi
    Sweet Southern Sparkle
    www.sweetsouthernsparkle.blogspot.com

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  3. Loving the painted floor trend ... great way to add pattern to a room. We've always joked that the busier the pattern in an oriental rug the better cause you can't see stains / problems on it, and I think adding a pattern to your floor will do the same for your space. Plus it looks really nice :) I have a tile floor in my kitchen that is beginning to look less than great and I wonder how paint might work on tile ... anyone have any experience?

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  4. LOVE your floors. We're about ready to gut our exceedingly ugly kitchen and I can hardly wait to see floors that I wouldn't mind looking at.

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  5. I love your floors!! They look amazing!! What a great idea to stencil them. Love them!!

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  6. Heather... you did a fantastic job! I love the stencil and I think it was a great idea to sand it back to age it just a bit... perfect!

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  7. The stencil pattern is such a fun idea. Love it.

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  8. I love your floor, and I love that you distressed it - great stencil, too BTW! Was this project a test in patience? What I really like is the follow up from when you first painted the floor - it's so great to have hindsight tips to think about!

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  9. I love the stenciled floors! They look sooo good! What a lot of work though, but totally worth it!

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  10. I love the floors, and really appreciate the tip about applying in thin coats (I'm the type that would apply it thick). I've been looking at stenciled floors for a while now and think they are lovely.
    You did a great job

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  11. Wow! I'm so impressed! It looks beautiful! Thanks so much for linking it up to our Inspire Me Monday party!
    ~KIM @ Sand & Sisal

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