I’m excited to share this project with you today! I’ve been seeing these amazing concrete tile floors everywhere and they are beautiful. However, they are not cheap. So, my alternative – the also beautiful painted and stenciled floors.
To be honest, after tearing up our kitchen tile and all the work that entailed, I had absolutely no desire to try to take up the tile in our entryway. No matter how ugly it is. Exhibit A, B and C.
So, instead of tearing it up and replacing it, I decided to paint it. I followed the tutorial that I found here at Classy Clutter. Sometimes when I do a project that I’m unsure of the outcome, I forget to document the steps, so no tutorial here, but I promise theirs is better. 🙂
First step was to clean the floor. Of course. Then, painting the base coat. I used chalk paint for this, as was recommended, and it worked great. After that I started stenciling (I used my homemade chalk paint for this in order to match the new grey door.) It’s not perfect. If I were to zoom in on any of the pictures you would be able to see ALL the imperfections. But, honestly I kind of like it that way. Being in the entryway, it will be well loved and well used for sure.
Stenciling in the corners and under the built-in was a bit of a pain, not gonna lie. But still not as much of a pain as pulling out all of the tile would have been!
After stenciling I noticed that it looked like rows. The grout lines on the original tile were so large that the stencils weren’t really connecting. I sat on it for a couple of days, not sure if it was going to stay or not. Already thinking about plan B. (sorry for the weird color variation, this is a cell phone pic)
Talking it over with my hubby, and he suggested that I paint some sort of lines to connect the tiles. Hmmmm. Maybe. And, then it hit me! I found my sponge paint dobber and added some dots in between the tiles – in the middles and the corners. Problem solved!!
After all the painting and stenciling was finished, I sealed the floor with three coats of Polycrilic.
Very happy with the outcome!! I still want to get a new vent cover – a white one to match the floors better. And, I need to paint the inside of the front door. Since the outside of the door is now green, it doesn’t make much sense to keep the turquoise on the inside.
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Here is the list of supplies that I used for this project in case you want to try it for yourself.
Here’s a side by side before and after! 🙂