How to Transform Your Tiled Floor Using Stencils
We get bored by looking at the same old thing over and over again. To bring excitement back into our home space, we often indulge ourselves in altering a part of our room and giving it a new look. Such small things go a long way in changing our mood and wanting us to return to our cozy home after a long day's work. Some of us take pride in doing the changes all by ourselves. There's a different kind of satisfaction in doing such things with one's own hands. And the joy of showing the completed version to others is an out-of-the-world feeling.
One such project that you can undertake is to change the look of your bathroom. Every day, we spend some solitary time in there, and if it doesn't give you a sense of peace, there is no bigger tragedy than that. It sounds exaggerated, but we know most of you can relate to it. If you are not willing to spend much, then stenciling your tiled floor can be an option to alter the appearance of your bathroom. You will need good quality paint(s), a roller, a paintbrush, and painter's tape. And surely, tile stencils. Read on to know how you can accomplice the task all by yourself.
Clean the floors
Before doing anything, cleaning the floor is very important. Else, the paint will not adhere to it. So, be very meticulous in cleaning all the accumulated dirt with a good floor cleaner or degreaser.
Use the painter's tape to tape off any area that might come in the way of your painting. You will not like to get the paint on your cabinets, baseboards, etc.
Start with a base coat
Select the color of the base coat in contrast to the color of the stencil paint. Warm shades of beige or white work well as you can choose your stencil paint to be of any hue. After the application of the first coat, let it completely dry. Then go for the second and the third coat. It's best to leave a day's gap in between the coats to let them fully dry.
Using the stencil
This part might seem a bit tricky. You must pay attention while choosing a stencil for your floor tile. It must be of the exact size of your tile to make the pattern flow together. Start from a corner and work your way at your convenience. You might use painter's tape to secure the stencil at a definite place. It would be wise of you to use paper towels to soak the extra paint off the paintbrush. If your brush has more paint on it, it might bleed, and everything might become messy. All your hard work will mean nothing. Apply a second coat with the stencils stuck at their places. Leave them to dry.
Peel and seal
After they have completely dried, peel off the stencils and witness the wonder. You would obviously want to make your creation last long. So, seal the floor with a protective coating (polyurethane).
If you can get it right, you will become obsessed with your bathroom floor. You can try this out on any other surface. The result is truly amazing, and it doesn't burn a hole in your pocket to get it done!