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That’s right, I stenciled and painted my bathroom floors and they turned out fantastic! It’s now been 3 years and they are still in perfect condition!
This was the basic builder style brown tile floors I was working with and they didn’t go at all with the design I had planned for this bathroom.
I’ve seen other DIYers paint their floors and I was intrigued! So I went to the store and picked up the paint they used: Rust-Oleum Floor Coating Kit. It’s a 2 part system, the paint base coat and the clear top coat. This stuff is STRONG!
I first removed the baseboards and scraped the caulk off the floor. (my method of removing baseboards has improved since then! I love using this baseboard remover tool now)
After that I cleaned the tile really well with a strong cleaner (using gloves and a mask of course!). Then sanded the entire bathroom floor with 80 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander just to scuff them up a bit so the paint would stick better. Then I cleaned them again to get any dust off.
After the floor was taped off and prepped, I got to painting with a brush and a foam roller. The instructions say to get the first coat on and then let it cure for 6 hours before adding additional coats. Below is the coverage after 1 coat.
I ended up needing 3 full coats of the white for full coverage.
It only took a little less than a half gallon for 3 full coats. Then I took the half gallon I had left back to the paint desk and asked them to make it a dark grey.
I picked up a stencil from Michaels that was a little bigger than the tiles and I taped it off evenly all the way around to make it the exact size of the tiles.
I used a sponge to dab on the grey paint. I didn’t want it to look perfect, mostly because I didn’t want to spend hours doing touch ups after spending hours stenciling. If it wasn’t supposed to look perfect in the first place, it wouldn’t be an issue.
After 4 hours of stenciling in the middle of the night, I was DONE! I never wanted to look at a stencil again in my life! I peeled this stencil off the very last tile and went directly to the trash to throw it away…never to be seen again! I have stenciled sense then…but at the time I was convinced that I would never subject myself to that again!
After the grey paint dried for the recommended amount of time, I applied the Step 2 top coat. It is kind of like a Mod Podge.
Once I peeled the painters tape off and added the baseboards back on I was thrilled with how it turned out! I couldn’t believe I had created this!
I still have people that ask me where I got this tile from and they are shocked when I tell them I painted and stenciled it!
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Next up, shiplap for under $100!