How to Paint Tile Floors with a Stencil

  • April 18, 2019
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How to Paint Tile Floors with a Stencil

I’d love to claim the credit for this but sadly I am not that talented, but I know some of you out there are. So I felt obligated to share.

I love when someone’s home reflects their personality and showcases their unique style. Creating a custom tile in special room in your home is just one way of doing that! That being said…

Learn how to paint tile floors with a stencil with a step by step DIY tutorial & on a budget!

First sand the original tile with an orbital sander to make it rough so it would accept paint better. Then, clean it thoroughly with a de-greaser.

Next, tape off the trim and baseboards around the tile area with painter’s tape.

Depending on the look you choose this step may go differently. But for the purpose of this “how to” the DIYer use Chalked Paint in Charcoal  and poured it into a paint tray. Use a small paint brush to paint over the grout lines and into the edges of the tiled area. Chalk style paint was used because it sticks well to surfaces, but if you decide to use a regular latex paint you should prime your tiles with an oil based primer before painting.

Next, use a high density foam roller and painted all of the tiles with the Charcoal Chalked paint. It may require two coats of paint to achieve the look you want.

Now comes the fun (but time consuming) part! Choose your stencil.

Once the base coat is really dry tape the stencil down onto the tile with painter’s tape. Using a foam roller with a very small amount of Linen White Chalked paint on it, paint carefully over the stencil.

TIP: Start in the corner of tiled area, and stencil every other tile, let those dry, and then completed the rest of the tiles.

TIP #2: Use a small craft paint brush and touch up any areas that need it with more white paint.

Once the tile had dry thoroughly, seal everything with Varathane polyurethane in a satin finish. We’d recommend doing at least two coats, maybe three, of sealant to protect your beautiful paint job.

Major props to @DIYMommy you rock!

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