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 The tile made it look outdated, and I couldn’t take it anymore.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. Supplies123


Here’s How to do it:

  1. Clean your floors! I swept, vacuumed and wiped mine down with Lysol wipes.
  2. Tape around the molding/walls, and toilet.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!




Before ^


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! 🙂