I am finally putting this fun DIY project on the blog!! I got a lot of questions about products I used and how I stenciled my bathroom tile so I wanted to get a blog post out for those that might want to try it in their own homes.
This is our basement bathroom and the bathroom that overnight guests use since the bedroom is in the basement. It is also right off the bar that we just finished last winter. Our home was a spec house and I am guessing the builder had some leftover material to use up, which is why our counters were grey and white granite with tan tile. It was just awful together. Last winter we tried painting the walls a darker grey (chelsea grey by BM) to see if that wouldn’t pull out the TINY bits of grey in the tile. Ok, really there was no grey in the tile….that was a stretch!! So, fast forward a year and I came across a blogger at www.clareandgracedesigns.com and saw the updates she had made to her master bath!! I figured that was the cheaper was to update the bathroom as opposed to ripping out all the tile and starting over.
So let’s get right to how to paint your floor tiles with a stencil!!
stencil- I used Cutting Edge stencil
polyurethane in satin
How to Stencil Your Tile
- Vacuum and clean the tile with mineral spirits.
- Tape off the trim with painters tape.
- Paint a couple coats of the linen white. You may need a brush to go over the grout lines but my foam roller did the trick. Wait a few hours between coasts.
- Start with your stencil by doing the largest tiles first. Either tape your stencil down or use spray adhesive. If you use spray, wait a min after spraying the back of the stencil before putting it down on the tile.
- Don’t put too much paint on the roller. I put it in the paint and then rolled it on a paper towel to get the excess off.
- Continue doing all the big tiles first.
- When doing the smaller tiles, bend your stencil as much as possible to get to the smaller tiles.
- When you just have a few small areas left you can cut the tile to make it easier.
- At the end you may need to go back over and touch up with a small paint brush. I spent a long time doing touch up at the end. It was worth it.
- After the stencil has dried overnight, apply 3-4 coast of polyurethane with a foam roller. Make sure you let it dry fully in between each coat. About 4-5 hours.
And now for the fun part!!! The after photos!!! I apologize ahead of time for the quality. It is really hard to photograph in a basement bathroom with no natural light!
It definitely adds character to the bathroom and helps tie together the floor and the countertop!
If you have any questions about the process let me know! I would be happy to help with any questions if you are going to try this DIY in your own home!!