Redecorating your bathroom doesn’t have to be expensive! Robin of A Home To Grow Old In wanted to refinish her bathroom floor to transform the worst feature of the room into something worth sharing. This bathroom originally had pink tile – talk about outdated! She knew they had to go and wanted to replace them entirely with new tile, but it wasn’t in in her budget. Luckily, she had something creative up her sleeve…
Robin has always loved the patterned floor trend (as do we!) and she thought it would be a fun way to make a statement in a small space. And since she wasn’t ready or able to replace the bathroom tiles, she chose to create her own faux cement tiles by stenciling them. She picked our Eastern Tile Stencil from the Tile Stencils Collection knowing it would provide the perfect pop of pattern.
Robin says, “Royal Design Studio has so many incredible stencils to choose from that I had a hard time picking out my favorite, but the Eastern Tile Stencil reminded me of the patterns on the cement tiles that I loved so much. The have great tutorials on their website on how to stencil that you must see before you get started on your own stenciling!”
The first thing she did was clean the floor of residue, dust, and anything else that may make the paint not adhere well. She then used a shellac based primer on both the tiles and the grout. After that dried she painted two coats of white interior paint and let it dry overnight.
One of the biggest things she learned while reading our stencil tutorials is to use as little paint as possible. Less is definitely more when it comes to stenciling! She made sure to off-load the excess paint that she loaded onto the paint roller onto a paper towel.
One of Robin’s biggest fears about stenciling is that she would somehow mess up… And she did. Whoops! She accidentally stenciled a few designs in the wrong direction. No worries! Stenciling makes fixing mistakes SUPER EASY! All she did to fix her “oopsie” was paint over the section with her base coat and stencil it again. Easy peasy!
Robin is so happy with the result and says, “The floor is my absolute favorite thing in this room!” It’s crazy to think that this bathroom was anything BUT pretty before, but that just proves that stenciling is easy, affordable, and makes a HUGE impact in even a small space. What do you think? Are you ready to tackle some old tile floors in YOUR home? Let us know in the comments!
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