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How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps

VIDEO! How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps - Painted Floor Tutorial using Tile Stencils and Chalk Paint from Royal Design Studio

Stencils are usually seen on walls, but our stencil designs work equally well to create an amazing allover concrete carpet effect. Stenciling concrete is an inexpensive way to add style to an otherwise utilitarian floor. A stenciled concrete floor can also help you hide imperfections, create a lovely focal point in your home, or just add a dose of beauty to your space for very little cost. And not to worry: Stenciling on concrete is actually quite easy! You just need the right paint for concrete, some patience, and a good pair of knee pads! Watch the video and follow the instructions below to see how you can transform your concrete floor in 10 easy steps:

Supplies:

Buy the Tutorial Stencil Kit along with your favorite stencil and you're all set to recreate this look!

Or, buy stencil supplies separately here:

Here's the Boring, Blah, and Bland Before:

Step 1: Clean your concrete floor of dust, dirt, grease, and any adhesive residue. Tape off your surrounding walls and load your tray with Old Ochre Chalk Paint®. Then paint your concrete floor using a nylon roller. Use a paint brush to paint the edges.

Step 2: Use measuring tape to find the center of your floor. Use a chalk line to trace a straight line from the center to the front of the room.

Step 3: Place your stencil on at the front center of your floor, using the chalk line as a guide. Secure it with painter’s tape.

Step 4: Use a small stencil brush for each of these paints and mixes:

  • Olive
  • 2 parts Scandinavian Pink and 1 part Arles
  • Provence

Load your stencil brush with paint and off-load most of it back onto a paper towel. Use a firm swirling motion to distribute the paint evenly onto the brush and to remove the excess paint.

Step 5: Use a firm swirling motion to stencil the different elements of the stencil with the different colors.

VIDEO! How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps - Painted Floor Tutorial using Tile Stencils and Chalk Paint from Royal Design Studio

Step 6: Remove the stencil from its first repeat and reposition it to its next repeat. There are registration marks built right into the edges of the stencil so that you can align each repeat perfectly every time. Use the same color scheme to paint the next repeat. Let dry.

VIDEO! How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps - Painted Floor Tutorial using Tile Stencils and Chalk Paint from Royal Design Studio

Step 7: If paint builds up the stencil, clean the stencil by spraying it with Mosenbockers Lift Off 5, placing it in a plastic bag overnight, and then cleaning it with a scrub brush. Now you have clean stencil to continue working on your floor! Repeat Steps 4 through 6 until you have stenciled the entire concrete floor. Let dry.

Step 8: Use painter’s tape to create a 1 ½” border around the floor. Use a flat paint brush to paint the border with 2 coats of Olive Chalk Paint®, allowing each to dry in between.

VIDEO! How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps - Painted Floor Tutorial using Tile Stencils and Chalk Paint from Royal Design Studio

Step 9: To protect your gorgeous stenciled floor, apply 1 thin mix of Annie Sloan Lacquer and a small amount of water (up to 10%) with a sponge roller. Let the first coat dry for 1-2 hours. Then apply a second coat of only Annie Sloan Lacquer.

Step 10: Let dry overnight before walking on it and showing it off to all of your friends!

VIDEO! How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps - Painted Floor Tutorial using Tile Stencils and Chalk Paint from Royal Design Studio

VIDEO! How to Stencil a Concrete Floor in 10 Easy Steps - Painted Floor Tutorial using Tile Stencils and Chalk Paint from Royal Design Studio

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33 comments

  • Do you need to paint the whole floor first before using the stencil? I have a new outside concrete patio. I was thinking I could just use the stencil directly on it.

    Debra
  • Hi Meredith! We recommend using minimal paint when stenciling so that the paint doesn’t bleed under the stencil, and to speed up the drying process :) With minimal paint, the surface will dry quickly so that you can reposition the stencil. You can also stencil side to side and up and down so that you have multiple directions to choose from while the paint dries.

    Royal Design Studio
  • This is absolutely stunning! One question though – does the paint dry quickly enough to move from stencil to stencil as you do in the video, or is there dry time every time you finish one square and begin another?

    Meredith

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