How to Stencil a Floor

Hey EcoEtsy friends! It’s been a while since we’ve written a post. I’ve written a few posts over the years about my old house. Five years ago, I purchased a house that is entering it’s 100th year of standing.  Love old houses for this very reason, they were built to last.

When I started giving my old girl new life, I had no clue where to get started.  So I made a list of projects and started ripping through them. Now I’m to the point where I’m adding personal touches as decor. A few weeks ago, I decided I would stencil my floors. So I started searching through Etsy in search of a stencil I could use. That’s when I found StencilsLabNY – they have a nice variety of stencils along with a good selection of sizes.

I purchased the Symmetric Mandala Floor Stencil and it arrived within just a few days – super fast.  I took a few days to decide where I was going to place the stencil and decided that I would stencil my staircase landing. The process was super easy. Here are the tools I used:

  1. A recycled aluminum pan2-floor-stencil
  2. Craft Paint
  3. 3″ paint roller
  4. Foam brush
  5. Measuring tape
  6. Stencil

I started off by finding the center point of my landing – using a measuring tape I measured the width and length to find the center. I marked it with a pencil. Then I laid the stencil on the floor, holding both long sides until I had it perfectly centered. Since the stencil has a sticky back (SCORE!) I didn’t have to tape it down to the floor. I pressed the stencil onto my floor to make sure I didn’t have any lifted corners.

I took a step back to make sure it was aligned. I purchased a 24-inch stencil which is 1/2 a design so I only needed to make sure the middle of the design was centered on my floor.

I poured a little paint into the aluminum pan and rolled my dry roller over the paint and throughout the pan to ensure I didn’t have a ton of paint on the roller and I started rolling over the stencil.

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I applied two coats of paint. Waiting a few minutes into between coats.  After the last coat, I lifted the stencil and went off to do some dishes – to give the paint some time to dry.  I waited about 30 minutes before flipping the stencil to complete the design. I lined up the stencil over the end of the design, the center of your painted area needs to be aligned with the stencil. Then I just followed the same process of rolling the paint and drying.

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I used part of the stencil to add additional details to the design following the same steps of placing the stencil where I wanted and rolling over the design area with a roller brush lightly loaded with paint. The end product – Fabulousness. 2-floor-stencil-finished

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Have you ever stenciled your floor or walls? If so, do you have tips? We’d love to hear them.

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About Myra @ HerbanLuxe

Myra is an Etsian with an MBA. The art of business and technology are her two obsessions. She has been writing EcoEtsy Business Tips since 2010. Myra grew up in Puerto Rico with grandparents who were a head of their time and didn't know it - living what we would call today, "a simple green life." Her love of learning and teaching are the key drivers in almost everything she does.

Comments

  1. That is so lovely! I’ve been wanting to try a stencil over a flawed area on our wood floor. Maybe I’ll finally do it!

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