Tips for Painting Bathroom Tile with Floor Stencils

Tips for Painting Bathroom Tile with Floor Stencils

Have you ever walked into a room in your house and been suddenly overcome with the need to redecorate? Like… immediately? Sometimes it just dawns on you that a room is NOT pretty or worthy and you won’t be happy until it is. Kelly of Domestic Blonde felt this way about her bathroom. It needed a revamp, like, NOW. Exhibit A of exactly what she was dealing with:

Her biggest job to tackle in the bathroom was the floor. She considered installing new tile over the present salmon pink tile (talk about outdated!), but that would be a lot of work. Isn’t there something easier that can get the job done quickly and easily? You betcha! Royal Design Studio Stencils to the DIY rescue. Kelly was excited to learn that she could actually paint over her existing tile, saving her wallet the cost of tile removal and installation! BONUS: Painting and stenciling tile gives her free reign to choose her favorite colors and design. No generic Home Depot tile for this fun and unique lady!

Tips for Painting Bathroom Tile with Floor Stencils

Check out how Kelly stenciled her bathroom floor: She first began by cleaning it well and removing any residue. She then applied 1-2 coats of a bonding paint primer with a paint roller. After that dried, she applied a coat of Behr Porch and Patio Floor Paint in Dove White.

Tips for Painting Bathroom Tile with Floor Stencils

She chose to stencil our large Parlor Lace Stencil Sherwin Williams Paint in Rainwashed for the pretty pattern, making sure to off-load the excess paint from the stencil brush first so that the paint wouldn’t bleed under the stencil. There are registration marks built right into the stencil that helped her stencil one repeat and reposition the stencil to the next repeat. To stencil the corners, Kelly bent the durable stencil to make it fit cleanly in those areas.

Tips for Painting Bathroom Tile with Floor Stencils

And… it’s done! WAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM! Kelly now LOVES her new stenciled bathroom tile floor and her guests are impressed by this creative (and easy) way to redecorate!

Tips for Painting Bathroom Tile with Floor Stencils

Are you inspired and ready to tackle some old tile floors in YOUR home? Let us know in the comments!

Check out Domestic Blonde's full blog post and tutorial here.


29 Comments

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

November 13, 2018

Hi Jaime – The size of stencil brush depends on the stencil that you choose and how many paint colors you want to use. We recommend using smaller stencil brushes for stenciling smaller elements of the design so you have more control where the paint goes. If your stencil is larger and you plan to paint it only one color, you can use a larger stencil brush to cover all the elements in one color :) You can buy stencil brushes here: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/stencil-brushes-rollers

Jaime Place
Jaime Place

November 13, 2018

What size stencil brush did you use? Does it matter?

Thuy Nguyen
Thuy Nguyen

July 31, 2018

I love how your bathroom renovation came out! Other than your beautiful flooring. Would you mind sharing the color you chose for your cabinets?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

July 25, 2018

HI Jazz! All of our customers have had their tile floors stenciled, and because they followed our video tutorials, their stenciled floors have lasted years and years and still look fantastic! They hold up to foot traffic, animals, and normal cleaning. :)

Jazz
Jazz

July 25, 2018

I think this is a great idea BUT I have one concern; what about wear and tear on the painted tiles? How long would the paint look like a actual “tile” before the finshes wear off and the stencils start fading? What about cleaning? Can floors still be cleaned with bleach for instance and the paint wont be damaged?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

July 12, 2018

Hi Faye! We recommend stenciling over smooth surfaces for the best, crispest, and cleanest design. Textured surfaces may lead to bleed unders and not a crisp design. We recommend sanding it beforehand. However, we’ve had customers stencil over textured surfaces and love it. It depends if you don’t mind not having an entirely crisp design outcome. Hope that helps

Faye
Faye

July 12, 2018

I have commented before , I have textured ceramic tiles. They are made to look like stone. Not bad, but upgrading bathrooms! My kitchen and 3 bathrooms and laundry room all have the same tile. Uniformity is good, but in a powder room or laundry room it would b nice to spice it up. Can it b done on it or would it have to b sanded all flat?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

May 02, 2018

Hi! Here is a tutorial on how to stencil around corners, ceiling line, etc: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/blogs/stenciling-tips/wall-stencil-corners-edges Our Stencils are durable and pliable so you can bend it around toilets and things like that :)

Jessica Kimmet
Jessica Kimmet

May 02, 2018

Do you have any tutorials for stenciling around things like toilets and in tight corners?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

February 13, 2018

Hi! For beginners to pros, you can easily stencil your bathroom floor tiles, and you can find a recommended supply list and step by step instructions in our video tutorials here: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/blogs/stenciling-tips/tagged/how-to-stencil-floor-stencils

Maly
Maly

February 13, 2018

I have a tiny bathroom with glossy square 6×6 tile in almond (walls). I want know the process for painting it.
What would be the initial layer? Do i need prep before starting to paint?
What are the recommended materials? (Bottom layer, stencil layer, finishing coat).
It would be so helpful to have a detailed list for newbies like me :)

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

January 22, 2018

Hi Bree! Yes you can definitely stencil on vinyl or linoleum flooring. Here is a video tutorial that shows you how: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/blogs/stenciling-tips/how-to-paint-vinyl-flooring

Bree
Bree

January 21, 2018

Would it work on vinyl flooring?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

October 16, 2017

Hi Verna – We do not recommend stenciling surfaces that are directly exposed to constant moisture like inside sinks or showers. The bathroom floor would be lovely to stencil though!

Verna
Verna

October 14, 2017

Can this technique be done on tile in a shower? If so, are there additional steps to do?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

October 09, 2017

Hi Reesa – Yes you can stencil on ceramic tile. You will need to sand it for the paint to grip, prime, and seal. Check out our video tutorial here: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/blogs/stenciling-tips/how-to-stencil-a-tile-floor

Reesa
Reesa

October 08, 2017

Will this work with ceramic tile?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

October 04, 2017

Hi Tracie – You can do either! Here is a video tutorial on how to stencil directly over your vinyl/linoleum/laminate flooring here: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/blogs/stenciling-tips/how-to-paint-vinyl-flooring . You can also stencil the concrete/plywood that is underneath after smoothing down and removing any glue/nails.

Tracie
Tracie

September 29, 2017

I love this look! My new home was built in 1900. The “remodel” was vinyl squares in both the kitchen & bath. Can I paint & stencil over them or should I remove them and deal with what is underneath? I am pretty sure it is wood, but removing the glue seems like it would be quit the project.

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

August 22, 2017

Hi Grace! All of our stencils are durable and bendable so that you can bend the stencil into the corners, wall lines, and around the toilet. You can also leave that area for last and cut the stencil if you wish. Here’s a tutorial video: https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/blogs/stenciling-tips/wall-stencil-corners-edges

Grace
Grace

August 22, 2017

I’ve painted my bathroom floor and want to add a stencil pattern. How did You do around curves areas like the toilet?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

February 27, 2017

Hi there Kathy! You can sand down your porcelain tiles and we recommend using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and Lacquer. http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/annie-sloan-chalk-paint

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

February 27, 2017

Hi Kellie! This stenciled bathroom floor is holding up great and will for years to come!

Kellie
Kellie

February 27, 2017

Hi
How is this wearing with traffic

Kathy
Kathy

February 26, 2017

This is wonderful! Question: My tiles are porcelain. They are not shiny, they look like matte stone but a terrible color. I have always been told that I could not paint them. Do you think these products would work on porcelain? Also, do you have a recommendation for a way to mix a glaze to tone the stone instead? I could then stencil with a gel stain. Thank you

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

February 14, 2017

Hi Linda- She didn’t tape off the grout lines. She just didn’t press the stencil brush and paint into the grout lines.

Cary
Cary

February 14, 2017

Just wondering if she taped the grout joints?

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

January 30, 2017

You can definitely seal it and you can buy Annie Sloan Lacquer here: http://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/annie-sloan-chalk-paint/products/annie-sloan-lacquer-floor-finish

Linda Holden
Linda Holden

January 30, 2017

Did you apply a final sealing/finish?

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