diy project: stenciled floors


I’ve always loved the symmetry and flow that patterns provide, but finding an actual pattern in the form of a stencil that I would want to use on my walls or other places in my home is a bit difficult. Most arts and crafts stores carry about five different stock patterns. Though there is a larger amount of custom options online, the prices are often high for most DIY projects. I recently decided to tear out the carpet in my bedroom and paint the plywood sub-flooring, until I am ready to put in a hardwood floor. After painting the floor, I opted to add a custom stencil using some of my favorite vintage fabric to add an extra kick. — Ashley

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Materials

  • Sharpie
  • X-Acto knife
  • blank decorative stencil or clear thin acetate
  • vintage fabric & doily
  • self-healing mat or hard surface for cutting
  • repositionable adhesive

Instructions

1. Begin by getting your design the correct size for the stencil. The print on the vintage fabric I chose was a bit smaller than I wanted for my stencil. I took a photograph of a section of my fabric, increased the size in Photoshop and then printed it. You could also take your fabric to a copy store and print a magnified or reduced copy of the image.

2. Place your printed design (or actual design if it is the correct size) under the blank stencil. Using a Sharpie, trace the sections you want included in your stencil. Keep in mind that the base of the stencil has to be connected when you are finished. You might need to modify parts of your initial design when drawing on the stencil to make sure all areas are connected. I chose to add “filler” designs, like a doily, to my fabric to create a full-sheet stencil.

3. Using an X-Acto knife and self-healing mat or hard work surface, cut out your design.

4. After you have finished cutting your stencil, spray the underside with repositionable adhesive (what scrapbookers use). Let the first coat dry for ten minutes and then spray again. Let it dry for another ten minutes. Your stencil will now stick to the surface, but should not leave a residue when you peel it off.

5. Paint your floor using the stencil design.

Tips for Using Your Stencil

  • Keep in mind how you want the stencil to connect to itself when you begin painting. To create a diagonal stencil, I used half a doily design on one upper edge. When I painted the stencil, I simply rotated it until the doily was complete, thus creating a diagonal design.

  • Be careful not to bend any area of your stencil.
  • I prefer using small foam rollers when painting a stencil.
  • Keep in mind that the more precise your pattern, the more difficult to get it looking exactly right when painting. If you opt for an organic design rather than a geometric design, it is easier to fix mistakes and paint smudges.
  • Depending on the size of your stencil, you can use it on walls, floors, ceilings, furniture, canvas, fabric and countless other places.

6. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind stencil!

  1. Shelley says:

    So pretty! I’ve been think of things that we could do with our floor. This would be nice as a ‘rug’ for a portion of the floor. Thank you for the tutorial!

  2. Debra Finn says:

    Brilliant idea, if you wanted this to be a permanent floor feature I guess you’d put a matt varnish on it wud you?

    thanks, like many of your readers i’m keen to get ripping up carpets….

  3. Jojo says:

    What an idea! This looks so beautiful and is such a nice way to make a normal room all special. Such a lovely inspiration!

  4. Stefanie D says:

    I have been dying to paint my ugly laundry room floor. I want to do a mustard yellow with a white stencil. Yours turned out so nice!

  5. Kirsten says:

    I want to try something like this really bad….that looks so cool and unique.

  6. Louise M says:

    Love. Love. Love. This is definitely being filed away for things to do when I have a place of my own. It’s so sweet. I would love to see it creeping across the floor and sprawled over one wall and just slightly onto the ceiling and other walls, as if a plant has just taken over the room.

  7. CJ says:

    @ASHLEY: You may want to mention in this article that you laid down a coat of polyurethane over the finished stenciled floor. You go into a little detail in the other article (I liked the age stain you mention there) but I’d hate to think someone just reading this piece would go through all the work of stenciling and then wonder why it wore off in 2 months.

    Wonderful work. And cute kids.

  8. Rosane says:

    Incrivel!! adorei a ideia do estêncil..D+

    bjos

  9. Wow, now this is a great little technique, and looks really effective! Keep up the good work, and tips!

  10. Penny says:

    I’m with Polly, waiting for house to close, good carpet except for the black tar stains, i was going to get the little tiny sizzors and lay around on the carpet trimming the bad things, heck with it, this will be so much cheaper than having it dyed or replacing it, doing on the cheap is the plan for this house, we are in our late 60’s…. me…. and late 70’s him. Love this idea, then maybe i can buy some really cool rug to put around for warmth!
    Thanks so much for all your ideas, Penny

  11. Heather says:

    Would you sell your stencil? Great job….LOVE THE FLOOR!!!

  12. MeganV says:

    Beautiful job! I love this color scheme and stencil detail. New follower here!

  13. Sadie says:

    This looks great! I plan on doing the same in my house. What color did you paint the floors?

  14. Lynn says:

    I have cut my own stencils for years…using your same method except the knife. I use an electric stencil cutter. This way I don’t have to trace my pattern I just slide it under a piece of glass, put my stencil plastic on top and start with my cutter. So quick and easy. Here is one site to show you. They are very inexpensive … http://www.pjstencils.com/004_burner.html ….enjoy

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