A Stenciled and Painted Lacy Floor!

 How to Stencil a Concrete Floor with Skylar's Lace Stencil | Royal Design Studio

Concrete and cement floors can be SO drab and these plain, bare floors can be greatly enhanced by spicing them up with color and stencil patterns! The variations in color options and stencil designs from Royal Design Studio makes it easy to see how stenciling techniques can be applied to your own space. In fact, that's how our friends Dana and Brooks Tucker of Bella Tucker felt when faced with their underwhelming carpeted guest room. The decorative painting firm, based in Nashville, TN, are stenciling pros and frequently use our stencils to make their finishing projects on various surfaces shine!  They decided to tackle the painting and stenciling of one of their own floors as a renovation project and we've got the all the stencilicious details for you!

Preparing a Concrete Floor for Stenciling | Royal Design Studio

This guest room was in a basement and was the space right next to the patio and pool area. This was NOT a great plus for Brooks and Dana, who love to entertain! Summer was coming and they knew they needed to get this room in tip-top design shape!  They first removed the carpeting and nails from the floor and were left with concrete sub flooring that had icky dried glue stuck to it. The glue was sanded down and then painted with two coats of Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie SloanChalk Paint® is a fantastic product that sticks to most surfaces and can not only be the lovely end finish but also provide a beautiful surface and color to work on.

Close-up of Skylar's Lace Floral Stencil from Royal Design Studio

Stenciling a Concrete Floor with Royal Design Studio Stencils

Because they loved the Skylar's Lace Floral Stencil so much from using for a previous stenciled ceiling project, Brooks and Dana thought it was the perfect damask stencil design to use on their guest room floor.  They used Old White Chalk Paint® as the stencil medium and a 2" Stencil Brush to help with the pattern stenciling.  After the stenciling was dry, they topcoated with a dead flat varnish for protection. The whole project took them three days to complete, including drying time.  We also love the other design elements they completed the room with, like the foiled wall technique!  It's a sexy, glam room and both Dana and Brooks are super happy to have this room open for guests to use!  Be sure to check out their painted and stenciled floor blog post -- we chalk it up to another Stencil Success!

Stenciled and Painted Floor Projects | Royal Design Studio

Whether you prefer a classic stencil design or a more contemporary pattern, knowing the basic techniques for painted and decorated floors will keep your floors looking fresh.  Here are some of our Tips for Stenciled Floors:

    1) Remove all wax, dust, nails and staples and fill in any cracks. Make sure to clean your floor area. Simple Green works well for cleaning most surfaces.

    2) Determine the size of your stenciled area and properly measure and tape off with blue painter's tape along its perimeter.

    3) Determine the center of your area with string and/or a tape measure and begin with the pattern centered there. 

    4) Pick the best sized stencil brush for your stencil design and, using a stippling or swirling motion with the stencil brush, apply the colors of your choice to the design areas. Please see our Basic Brush Stenciling How-to for more info. In case you'd like to use more than one color for your pattern, using stencil brushes should help you isolate the paint easily in the different design elements without having to tape off adjoining areas.

    NOTE: If using an allover pattern, the built-in stencil registration marks will help you align your stencil perfectly as you repeat it across the floor.

    5) For added protection, apply several coats of your chosen top coat after allowing your stencil paint to dry and cure. We recommend the Annie Sloan Lacquer Floor Finish, a clear, matte, water-based varnish for concrete and wood floors that have been painted with Chalk Paint® from Annie Sloan.

We'd like to thank Dana and Brooks for sharing their gorgeous stenciled floor project with us! If YOU would like to share any of your stenciling successes with us, please e-mail projects(at)royaldesignstudio.com or post it on the Facebook fan page! Happy Stenciling!

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Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

February 16, 2015

Hello Suzi! Congratulations on your daughter’s wedding. The only thing I can think that would be easy to wash off concrete is to fill in the stencil areas with chalk?? Otherwise, you could always stencil on a roll of canvas, which I have seen people do. Good luck with the wedding plans!


February 11, 2015

Hi – I love these ideas! I’m creating an aisle runner for my daughter’s wedding, and would love to be able to stencil directly onto the cement barn floor. Doubting that the venue owner will agree to that.. Any ideas for temporary stencil paint that could be washed away? Thanks

 Industrial Flooring Contractors
Industrial Flooring Contractors

December 16, 2013

Thank you for this post. This is certainly incredible. Some may be ambivalent in painting their wooden floors but this is definitely a great way of adding more twist and life to it.
Industrial Flooring Contractors


October 07, 2013

Wow! stenciled floors is an amazing idea to give an attractive look to a room. Thanks for making us aware about this innovative flooring idea.

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

October 04, 2013

Linda, we sell the Chalk Pant on this site! All the links in the article lead to the Chalk Paint but here you can see all of the colors. :) http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/annie-sloan-chalk-paint-collection/

Linda CostantinoL
Linda CostantinoL

October 02, 2013

I am interested in this chalk paint. Where to find and need some paint chart colors. Please tryi to get back with me.Very interested in this. Thanks’!!!

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