How to Stencil a Concrete Floor Like a Pro

A special thank you to Royal Design Studio Stencils for sponsoring this post!

Of all of the projects related to the master bedroom makeover, stenciling the concrete floor was the task I was most excited and also the most nervous about. We knew in advance this would be a time consuming project and with our six week One Room Challenge timeline, I knew there was a chance we would be cutting it close. Well, I’m happy to report we finished this project in plenty of time and it’s totally fabulous! Here’s a look at how we completely transformed the bedroom floor with the help of Royal Design Studio Stencils…

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If you had a chance to read yesterday’s post, you’ve most likely seen everything that went into prepping and cleaning the floors before we painted them with Valspar’s Porch, Floor and Patio Paint in Ultra White. It was a ton of work (think 4 days due to drying time) but it’s really important to have a good foundation anytime you’re painting and stenciling because you want your work to last especially if you plan to have a floor that will be a statement maker.

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We knew pretty early on we wanted our concrete floor to have a tile pattern that would have an elegant feel we could easily mix with our Southern style. Over the course of a few days we searched for the perfect tile and were excited to find the Lisboa Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio Stencils. You may remember we stenciled the curtains in our dining room using another Royal Design Studio Stencil last January and I can honestly say they’re still holding up really well which made us even more excited to try their stencils on the bedroom floor.

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As soon as the concrete floors were cleaned, painted and ready to go we set about transforming them with the Lisboa Tile Stencil. If you’re new to stenciling or need a reminder, Royal Design Studio Stencils has a wide range of tutorials and videos dedicated to stenciling and various applications. Even though I had stenciled the curtains, I’m new to stenciling concrete floors so we watched the video How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps before getting started. As recommended, we used a tape measure and a chalk reel to mark the center of the room.

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I mentioned earlier we painted the floors with two coats of Valspar’s Porch, Floor and Patio Paint in Ultra White which is the same color as the board and batten. We also wanted to use the same color for the stencil that we used on the walls so we had the paint department tint the paint in Cathedral Stone. Keep in mind, floor, porch and patio paint has a completely different texture and consistency than some latex paint, chalk paint or even milk paint.

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For this reason, we chose to use a sponge roller. We used one tray to keep paint in and the other tray we lined with an old towel to off load any extra paint that was on the roller. This is really important because you don’t want any paint overspray on the floor or paint seeping through the stencil because your foam roller is so squishy from too much paint!

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Once you have the center of the room and you know your start point, lay the stencil flat and use painters tape to help secure it in place.

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Then roll paint on the stencil until it’s completely filled. You may use a light touch at first until you get the hang of how much paint should be on the roller.

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Royal Design Studio Stencils has a fun feature on their stencils called registration marks to help you know where to reposition the stencil as you’re moving it from place to place. This was just one of the registration marks on the Lisboa Tile Stencil!

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Moving the stencil made me so nervous at first but it’s just like the amount of paint on the roller, it gets easier the more you do it. Make sure you’ve allowed time for the paint to dry.

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It wasn’t until we got to row three that we really started to see how much of a statement the Lisboa Tile Stencil was making on the concrete floor. I mean look at this!

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Gah! So exciting!

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I stenciled the majority of the floor before I started to stencil the edges mostly because I knew I would have to bend the stencil and I wanted to make sure I didn’t damage the stencil in any way.

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I mean, right? Like I had to tape it to the wall in some places!

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The stencil was definitely both flexible and durable enough for me to get the portion of the pattern I needed near the baseboards. That being said, be extra careful you’ve secured the stencil completely before you start rolling (read more than two pieces of tape).

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Since we’re using this specific porch, floor and patio paint a sealer wasn’t required. Most paint will require a sealer though so make sure you use the correct sealer for your type of paint. You’re going to be so excited when you finish a big project like this so you’ll definitely want to makes sure your hard work is protected if you decide to try this too!

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I can’t believe how much this stencil changed not only the look of the concrete floors but the look of the entire bedroom. We still need to put in the quarter round but things are starting to come together you guys and it’s going to be much fun!

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A big thank you to Royal Design Studio Stencils/Modello Designs for sponsoring this post. All experiences and opinions are my own. If you want to find out more about the Lisboa Tile Allover Stencil and so many other products this fabulous company has to offer, check out the Royal Design Studio Stencils website here. You can also check them out on Instagram, on Facebook and on Pinterest too.

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While we have so many other projects on our bedroom makeover list to finish, I can honestly say I’m so excited we decided to stencil these floors.

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

  1. Sarah says

    CoCo this is amazing! I can’t believe a stencil and floor paint can make your concrete floors look like tile. I know this must have taken hours but wow worth every bit of effort. It’s gorgeous.

    • says

      Thanks so much, Sarah, I really appreciate it. It does take a little bit of time but once you start seeing the patterns form and the room taking shape it really helps to keep you going. Sending you hugs, CoCo

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