Let me just start by saying I HATED our old floors… Hate is a strong word but it’s the truth. No matter how hard I scrubbed, this grout never cleaned well. The tile made it look outdated, and I couldn’t take it anymore. So I did some research for some semi-easily DIY transformations that were also reasonably priced! We have been doing our best to make as many updates as we can to our town-home before we sell. Obviously, we don’t want to spend a fortune because we want some profit here! I wanted something with a little character but would also hold up! The outcome is beautiful and everything I wanted! This can be done on tile, wood, laminate, and even vinyl!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A stencil. I got mine at Michaels in a pack with a few different designs for around $12! I bought 2 just in case I had to cut one for getting around the edges of the toilet and up the walls. Pictured you’ll see a smaller stencil, but it came out too blotchy with the roller so used the big one instead! (which I am so happy about!) Note that when you pick your stencil, sometimes you can find one the exact size of your tile!
- Primer. I personally recommend using Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3, it’s used for all surfaces without any prep work! I bought a quart for $10 at Home Depot.
- Chalk Paint. I used Rust-oleum Chalk Paint in Linen White (as my base) and Charcoal (as my stencil) – you can obviously flip those around if you prefer a black base! Chalk paint is my favorite! Goes on easy without having to sand or prep it.
- Sealer. I used Miniwax Polycrylic, in Clear Matte.
- Soft Foam Roller- you will need a new one for every coat, I used about 8-9.
- Small paint brush or foam brush. (For getting into small spaces/edges/touch-ups.)
- Painting tape. I used green frog tape. NOTE: Get one as thick or thicker than your roller so when you use the foam roller to get edges, you don’t get it on your walls! I didn’t do this on purpose but I’m so thankful I grabbed the wider tape!
- Paint Trays. I used 3 total – 1 for white primer & white chalk paint, 1 for charcoal chalk paint & 1 for the sealer.
Here’s How to do it:
- Clean your floors! I swept, vacuumed and wiped mine down with Lysol wipes.
- Tape around the molding/walls, and toilet.
- I had a few tiny cracks on my tile I was afraid would show so I used a little caulking with my finger to fill them, this may not apply to you but thought I’d share!
- Prime! I used the foam roller to apply one coat of primer – feel free to use 2 if it’s a heavily trafficked area! Let it dry for an hour or longer between coats.
- Base chalk paint – I applied two coats of the Rust-oleum Linen White with a new foam roller each time. If you are painting on tile, be sure to get into the grout lines! Each coat should dry about 2-4 hours before the next coat is applied. Start in the farthest place from the door so you don’t trap yourself in!
- Stencil time! I used a tiny bit of tape on the sides to hold it in place because I noticed the foam roller pulled it up and moved it a few times. Start at the farthest point of the room. I left the tight spaces around the toilet and walls for later – after the stencil had dried because I didn’t want it to mark up my walls or toilet. Use a light coat of chalk paint, if you use too much, it may bleed through the edges of the stencil. I let this coat dry and let the stencil dry before I went back to do the tough spots around the toilet. For getting around the tight spaces I used the roller then went back and touched it up with a small paint brush. The stencil you get should be very flexible so you should be able to bend it into place.
- Touch ups. I used a small foam brush and a small paint brush to touch up any run marks and blotchy-ness. I love the beauty of imperfections so I didn’t go too crazy on this step.
- Sealing. I applied 3 coats of the Miniwax Polycrylic in Clear Matte. I let it dry for 2 hours in between each coat using a new roller everytime. Once again – start at the furthest point of the room and move yourself towards the door.
- Remove your tape, and enjoy your new floors!
This can be done on multiple floor surfaces! Concrete, wood, vinyl, and tile! From the research I’ve done, it holds up great 🙂 It’s a great way to update your look on a budget!
I’M IN LOVE!
After 1 coat of primer ^
After 2 coats of white chalk paint ^
After stencil ^
AFTER! I snapped this pic as soon as I saw it. Still had to finish up the other side of the toilet but I was too excited to wait till my stencil dried! 🙂