DIY Painted & Stenciled Floors: Part 2

Hi Everyone!

Happy Monday loves. I’m back today with part two of the painted floor saga.  I had every intention of having this post up and published on Saturday, but Naomi had another idea.  She told me I had to clock out.  It was really hard to do, but I did because I live by the motto Happy Wife, Happy Life, and around here that’s times two!  I didn’t do a single DIY project, or anything interior design related all weekend.  I felt like I was having withdrawals!

In part one we left off with the floors painted and ready for stenciling.  When it came time to choose my stencil I knew I wanted either something really intricate with a ton of detailing or something geometric.  I was leaning more toward the former to help soften the kitchen up a bit and add a more delicate element to the room  The design choices we’d made thus far satisfied Naomi’s love of modern spaces, so I decided to use the floor as an opportunity to bring in a detail to help it feel a bit more eclectic.

I was so excited to get the opportunity to work with Royal Design Studios for this project.  I’m a complete stencil newbie and had never stenciled anything before so I knew Royal Design Studios wasn’t only going to be a good place for a quality stencil, but would also be a great place for how-tos and tips to help me get the project done right. 

I fell in love with the Lisboa Tile Stencil and decided it would be perfect.  I loved all the detailing and its super large size.

For the stenciling portion I used some Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor that I already had on hand from a previous project. I also had a flocked roller that a painter friend of mine gave me a while ago. I actually had no idea what it was when he first gave it to me.  I thought it was velvet!

Coincidentally enough, flocked rollers are recommended by Royal Design Studio for stenciling.  Who knew?!

I decided my starting point should be in the middle of the doorway leading into the kitchen so I started there

When I first received the stencil I was looking for the registration marks that help you line the stencil up perfectly to continue the pattern.  I thought the stencil would literally have “registration mark” labeled on it.  It didn’t.  You just simply overlap the design at a certain point and keep going. Don’t judge!

The stenciling process was actually quite easy, but I ran into a couple issues.  The first issue was with the roller head. I didn’t account for the fact that the floors had a bit of texture to them when I opted for the flocked roller. I found it difficult to easily get into grooves of the floor with it because its really meant for smooth surfaces and it was taking 4 passes to get the job done. After working for a couple hours the first night, I went the next day and picked up a roller head that was a bit more “grippy”

It made a huge difference in how well it was able to get into the little grooves of the floor

I was able to move much more quickly and cover more ground faster.

The stencil is really flexible and easy to bend so it made it easy to maneuver around obstacles and get really close to all the edges.

The second issue I ran into was paint build up.  Major freakin headache.  I didn’t even consider this when I first started.  Major freakin mistake. Even though I limited the amount of paint on the roller and kept it pretty empty I got so much build up on the stencil I ended up having to spend 2 hours peeling it off.

Once I started back up I kept a damp towel with me and wiped the stencil clean after laying down the pattern two times.  It added more time to the process but it still saved me more time that if I would have had to stop, soak the stencil, and peel it again.

After about 8 hours of stenciling I was done and ready to put on my poly coat.

As I mentioned before, this was a huge mistake.  Do as I say not as I did and go with a water based only poly.  After letting the floor dry for a few hours I laid down the poly


After letting it dry for a full 24 hours I called this project done 


It was a ton of work and my knees hurt like heck when I was done but I love it. It almost looks like water color on the floor.
I’m still really devastated about the results from the poly coat, but it’s still leaps and bounds better than what it looked like before.  It’ll do for a while!
So have you stenciled anything lately?  Would you consider painting your floors? Until next time…
*I was provided a stencil by Royal Design Studios for review


  1. Angela says

    It seems Royal Design offers cheaper stencils but it comes with a cost, they are very small and it takes huge amount of time to work with it :/ (I have tried them twice). Now, I have bought from another Etsy shop called Stencilit and it arrived very fast – only 3 days to US from Europe.
    Anyway, lovely project indeed, hard work but well done!

  2. Amy Poticher says

    I painted my hardwood floors in my dining room and hallway a few years ago, using a pale beigey grey color. I taped off a chevron design runner down my hall and a chevron design rug shape on my dining room. Love it. I then sealed it with varthane, which is water based and it has yellowed. Almost yellowed immediately. very irritating, with the amount of work I put into it. When I painted my sons floor I painted with the same color, and chose not to poly it. I can really see the difference from his room to the hallway. Someday maybe I will redo it but it was so time consuming. I Love your floor, that stencil is AMAZING…

  3. says

    If you aren’t up close, it really looks fabulous! I learned the polycrylic lesson from someone else who pained their floor white and used polyurethane over it, so I was fortunate. Do you plan to redo eventually?

  4. says

    this has been a great tutorial. i may be stenciling a floor soon and it is so good to hear what others have done and see such great results!

  5. Anonymous says

    Hi I use poly urethane and was once told by a painter to by marine poly..designed to paint decking and wood on boats.He told me it was designed to be less yellowing with being in the sun on the decks..Hope it helps..I used it..I coated the apolstry material on my kitchen laminates the material making it feel like vinyl..Now my chairs are wipeable,when the grandkids come over..paint the top surface of a piece of no pile cotton..
    See if you like the vinyl feel it gives it,with one coat..

  6. lynndelew20 says

    Now I know how to stencil… great tutorial… and I love the cabinet colors also..

  7. Anonymous says

    Lovely. Can you give us an estimate of how much this project cost?

  8. says

    I’m not sure I would have had the balls to do this on the floor, but it really looks great. Very chic! A fab alternative as a mid point between bad linoleum flooring and break-the-bank new floors. Beautiful as always love!

  9. says

    You are amazing! The stenciled floors look so great. I understand your disappointment with the poly, but it still looks good. Look for the cans that say they won’t yellow. I think I’ve had good luck with Varathane. But really, your kitchen is stunning. And I want to sleep with and snuggle your backsplash. 🙂

  10. says

    I love this, and REALLYREALLY want to do our kitchen…like ever since you posted the first teaser on IG! I have a couple questions….what would you do about gouges and scratches in the linoleum? And, did you move any appliances and paint under them, or just up to them? Thank you thank you for the inspiration!

  11. says

    I am devastated by the amount of work and attention to detail this took for you NOT to love it completely! I wish there was some way to fix the yellowing problem. The pattern and colors are SO pretty. It looks great aside from the one little issue.