Hello loves, I have been DYING to share our DIY painted tile floors with you guys and today is finally the big day. Although this project has been done for a couple of weeks now the weather has been rainy and gloomy almost everyday. So when I woke up to the sunshine this morning I jumped at the opportunity to get a good photo. I hope you guys like them as much as I do! I had been swooning over all of the amazing DIY floors I had been seeing on my everyone’s Instagram feeds and I thought it would be the perfect and inexpensive solution to changing up our boring tile floors. They were originally just a simple tan tile that definitely did not fit with our farmhouse style (click the read more tab to see the before and after). And for less than $140 we were able to give our master bathroom floor a farmhouse tile look, you can’t go wrong!
Here is what you need: Floor cleaner, Painters tape, Medium foam roller $6.97 ,Mini Foam Roller $2.97, Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Primer $19.98, Stencil $16.95, Paint in your choice of color (I choose Behr Marquee in the color smokestack) $40.98, Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in your choice of finish- I used Matte $17.97
1. Clean your floors: I cleaned mine with my Swiffer wet jet really well but you can use whichever household cleaner you prefer. I followed by wiping them down with alcohol as an extra precaution. Also tape off any objects and baseboards with painters tape that you don’t want paint on (tub, toilet, baseboards and vanity).
2. Seal your floors: I sealed my floors using the Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 White Primer. Which is designed to stick to all surfaces without sanding, blocks stains, and dries within 1 hour. I used a foam roller and rolled a thin coat onto the floors. I applied three coats following these same steps, waiting an hour between each coat.
3. Start to stencil: I got mine from Cutting Edge Stencils in the same size as the tile floor (12×12). To be honest this was definitely the most tedious part and I found myself thinking “this is my nightmare” and almost giving up many times. Haha I don’t know about you guys but kneeling for hours on a hard floor going one square at a time is just not for me, although I’m so happy I did it! First you place your stencil down on the floor, lining it up to the lines in the original tiles, then press down firmly against the floor. My stencil was not adhesive on the back so I used painters tape to secure it. Then Apply a thin coat of paint using a small foam roller. It is very important that you apply a THIN coat. Having to much paint on your roller can cause bleed. Work your way from one side of the stencil to the other.Dry the area with a hair dryer before lifting the stencil, this speeds up the drying process. Carefully lift up your stencil.Make sure the back of your stencil is dry and doesn’t have any residual wet paint before placing it onto the next area. Line your stencil up again and repeat the process. If you mess up no worries, I used q-tips to fix some mistakes. For areas around the walls and toilet, line your stencil up and bend it up along the wall and toilet. Press the stencil right up against the object with your fingers while you paint the area. You may have to go back with a small paint brush and touch up these areas. You can also cut your stencil if you need to. Make sure you have completed anywhere you might need the whole stencil before you cut it.
4. Clean your floors: After ALL that stenciling bits of trash may have wondered into your work space. Just simply sweep the floor and then wipe with a dry rag. Try to get up any specks of dried paint or grit.
5. Sealer: This step is VERY important because it seals in all your hard work and makes it last. I sealed my floors with Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish in a Matte Finish. I applied this topcoat using a foam roller. I applied 3 thin coats waiting about 2 hours between each coat. After applying the 3 coats of Polycrylic you should have a nice smooth finish. Wait 24 hours to use.
6. Enjoy your gorgeous farmhouse tile floors!