Since one can never have too many things on the go, I decided to stencil my bathroom floor in the midst of my laundry room makeover. I have been seeing lots of patterned tile floors in my favourite Instagram feeds as well as painted stencil floors so I decided to try DIYing something similar in my bathroom. This is a small space so I thought it would be ideal as this is a time consuming project therefore I wouldn't necessarily want to do it in a large space. I completed my bathroom makeover last year which included painting, adding shiplap, painting the vanity, replacing all the hardware, building the industrial style shelf and adding some new decor.
The floors were a very boring whitish/grey laminate that were looking worn. I knew I wasn't ready to invest in replacing the flooring. We plan to replace the tub and tile surround down the road and possibly the vanity - although, I do love it since giving it a makeover! So I decided to paint the floor. I had several of the supplies already on hand so I was able to complete this for about $40 with plenty of stuff leftover for future projects.
Here is what I used to complete this project;
-TSP or floor cleaner
-Primer - I used Zinnser Bullseye 1-2-3 that I already had
-flat white paint - I had Easy Flow on hand from my laundry room project
-flat black paint - I bought a $5 sample of Behr in Black Out
-foam roller + tray and bristle brush- I bought mine from the dollar store
-sealer- I used Minwax Polycrylic in clear Satin
-stencil - I got mine from Michaels for $14
I found an awesome stencil from Michaels! I had looked at ordering one from Cutting Edge Stencils, but unfortunately living in Canada meant the shipping would cost more than the stencil. I was so happy to find a similar style stencil at Michael's. It came in a set with smaller sized stencils and a border for $27 but I had a 50% off coupon.
To start, I cleaned the floors. This included sweeping and vacumming until I was sure it was free from dirt. Then I scrubbed it down using TSP. This floor had lots of hair product on it :) Once I was confident it was clean, I taped off the trim, toilet and vanity and then it was ready for paint. I applied two coats with a small foam roller of Zinnser 1-2-3 Bullseye primer. This is my favourite primer as it adheres to absolutely everything and creates a very durable surface for paint to be applied to. It dried pretty quick so I was able to put my first coat of white paint down the same night. I used Easy Flow paint from Canadian Tire in flat ultra white. It was $22 a gallon and was what I had purchased to make my DIY chalk paint for my laundry room cabinets. I had read lots of tutorials about painting a floor, some recommended chalk paint, some recommended an actual floor paint. I decided to use what I had on hand.
I also grabbed a tester of Behr in Blackout also in a flat finish. I had been meaning to pick up some polycrylic for awhile and this project motivated me to purchase it. In the past I have used polyurethane to seal my projects but it can yellow over time so I have now switched to polycrylic. So once my floor was bright white and dry, I placed my tile on the floor, lining up with the trim since it provided a straight line to start from and used painters tape to hold it down. I used a new foam roller with BARELY ANY of the black paint on it and applied it to the stencil. You will need to reload your roller a few times to cover your stencil but you want very little paint on it to ensure it doesn't bleed. Once you are happy with the coverage, remove the stencil from the floor and admire your work. So, I did two of these and realized I wasn't loving the way the stencil looked with the amount of white showing through. It was resembling a tile backsplash and I wasn't confident about continuing. I was craving a darker, bolder look so I decided go the reverse way, painting the floor black and stencilling the white over top. I almost forgot to get a picture before painting over it!!
This delayed my progress a bit waiting for the black to dry. I used an oscillating fan to help dry time.
Then I went to work using the same technique as before and was much happier with the first few stencils. I decided to start lining the tile against the vanity instead of the trim this time. You have to be careful when lining up for your next stencil that you don't smudge your wet paint so I didn't do the space directly beside where I had just painted. I made sure to wipe the back of my stencil before laying it down again. The stencil can bend so this was helpful in the trickier areas like against the trim and around the toilet. Just b end it to get as close as possible.
My stencils are not perfect and I made a few corrections with a small artists brush but overall I am very happy with it and don't mind that you can tell it was a DIY project.
I managed to drop the stencil wet paint side down on the floor so I had to go back with the artists brush to clean up the lines. Another major regret was that when I went to seal the painted floor with the polycrylic, I used a brush that I had previously used for white paint. I assumed it was clean of the old paint but clearly it must not have been as there were a few times that it seemed to be smudging a very small amount of white paint across the floor. It didn't happen every single stroke but I did go back once again with my artists brush to clean up some of the lines of the stencilling. I will definitely use a clean brush in the future to avoid this additional step. I applied two coats of dealer, letting it dry for several hours in between.
This is not a very difficult project but it is a bit time consuming as it requires some patience and precision. I cleaned, primed and painted the first coat on the floor one evening and completed all of the stenciling and sealing the next day. I did some touch ups, added more sealer, touched up the trim and vanity a few days after that.
I decided to move my navy chevron bath mats to the downstairs bathroom and need to purchase plain white ones or perhaps jute. I also changed up the framed wall art. I made some simple black and white brush stroke art and put them in the existing frames replacing the original yellow patterned prints.
I also made this black and white WASH sign using a leftover piece of shiplap and alphabet stickers. You can find my tutorial on how I made the same style sign for my laundry room here.
I am really loving the look of the floors and now have plans to do a painted stencil floor in the kitchen but less bold, more neutral and a larger stencil to cut down on time. Now, back to the laundry room :)