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How To Stencil A Tile Pattern On A Bathroom Floor

Stencil Patterns Are An Easy Way To Perk Up A Linoleum Floor

Good morning, my Cutting Edge Stencils friends! An old linoleum bathroom floor can be boring and dull.  When a full bathroom makeover is not feasible, adding a floor stencil is an easy and affordable way to perk up the space!  Today we’re going to share with you a guest bathroom makeover that was enhanced with a stencil pattern. Come take a look…

Cutting Edge Stencils shares a DIY stenciled linoleum floor project using the Augusta Tile Stencil pattern. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/augusta-tile-stencil-design-patchwork-tiles-stencils.html

We’d like to introduce Susanna, a creative DIYer with a passion for budget friendly decor and blogger behind Livin the Life of Riley. A few months ago, she spotted a gorgeous tile pattern while scrolling through her Instagram feed.  She fell in love but the reality was that she was unable to replace her guest bathroom floor.  Here is what it looked like:

A before photo of a guest bathroom before the tile floor was stenciled. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/augusta-tile-stencil-design-patchwork-tiles-stencils.html

Susanna had grown tired of the beige hue and dull linoleum flooring in her guest bathroom.  Since new flooring was not an option, she took to Pinterest for ideas.  That’s when she stumbled upon a stenciled linoleum floor project.  Susanna decided that using a floor stencil to makeover her floor was a great idea.  She browsed our large collection of tile stencils and selected our August Tile Stencil.  This beautiful pattern is based on traditional Portuguese Azulejos tile designs.

The Augusta Tile Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils is based on traditional Portuguese Azulejos tile designs. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/augusta-tile-stencil-design-patchwork-tiles-stencils.html

Susanna cleaned the floor to ensure there wasn’t any debris and then she painted the linoleum using DecoArt’s Chalk Paint in Relic.  With her stencil in hand, Susanna was ready to start stenciling!  She painted the lace-inspired pattern in white.  She used blue painters tape to hold the stencil in place and a dense foam roller to paint the pattern. Susanna painted the pretty pattern in Everlasting by DecoArt’s Chalk Paint.Our stencil essentials kit contains all of the supplies needed to complete a project like this one. Here she is working through the process.

Learn how to stencil a tile pattern on a bathroom linoleum floor using the Augusta Tle Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/augusta-tile-stencil-design-patchwork-tiles-stencils.html

After each section was complete, Susanna would un-tape the stencil and reposition so she could paint the entire floor.  Once the stencil was complete, Susanna coated the floor with Minwax’s Polycrylic. Are you ready to see how this all turned out?  Here is a gorgeous stenciled floor.

Learn how to stencil a tile pattern on a bathroom linoleum floor using the Augusta Tle Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/augusta-tile-stencil-design-patchwork-tiles-stencils.html

Susanna completed the space with some special decorating touches.  We think she did an amazing job and completely turned a drab floor into something fab!

Learn how to stencil a tile pattern on a bathroom linoleum floor using the Augusta Tle Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/augusta-tile-stencil-design-patchwork-tiles-stencils.html

Tell us, do you like the idea of stenciling a tile pattern on a linoleum floor? We’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Vicky

    I’m wondering how well this floor holds up to everyday wear? Would this work for a kitchen floor that gets more traffic?

  • CESteam

    Hi Vicky,

    In order to ensure the longevity of your stenciled floor, we recommend sealing it once you are done!

    For Susanna’s bathroom, she stenciled her floor and when it was completely dry, she sealed the floor with Polycrylic. In her post, she mentions doing 5 coats of polycrylic, allowing 2 hours of drying time in between each coat and then another 24 hours of drying time after the last coat is laid down. I am not sure if that is the recommended amount of coats or amount of drying time, so when you go to purchase it, ask the store associate what he thinks!

    I do hope this helps!


  • orangesugar

    I would think you would need to scuff the linoleum to ensure that it sticks and use an oil based primer under paint made specifically for floors.

  • CESteam

    Hi orangesugar,

    All projects are different and there are so many different techniques. Her techniques worked for her particular project, but we do recommend that all customers speak to a professional before taking on a project like this to make sure they have the proper materials.

    Cutting Edge Stencils

  • Laura Labrador

    Would this work on a ceramic tile floor that does not need a base color? I like the color of our tile but would like to add some pop to the room.

  • Debbie Feliciano

    Susanna, I love what you did to your bathroom! I see you used the MInwax Policrylic at the end to protect the floors. I thought that was only for wood floors so thank you for that great idea! I will post pictures of my bathroom makeover soon! YOur blog was very useful to me! gracias!!!!

  • CharlotteW

    Love it!

  • CESteam

    Hi Laura,

    Sorry for the late response! You dont need to add a base coat! You can stencil right over your tile! Be sure to seal it when you are done to keep it looking fresh!

  • CESteam

    We do too! What a great way to transform a floor!

    Thanks for the love! =]

  • Heather

    How did she stencil around the toilet?

  • CESteam

    Hi Heather,

    Its hard to say exactly how she did it as she did not share that information with us. But our stencils are pliable enough to bend around items such as a toilet. So we assume she bent the stencil to fit next to the toilet!

    Hope this helps!

  • Moran Meghnagi

    hello in my country i couldnt find chalk paint they offer me instead shabby chic
    is this gonna give the same affect? as well is there a different or other name for chalk paint?

    thank you!

  • CESteam

    Hi Moran,

    I am not familiar with that brand of paint so I can not say for sure if that is the same type of paint as chalk paint. But if they said it is interchangeable it should be fine! Any latex or acrylic paint will work for a stencil project. And as far as I know, chalk paint only has one type of name. Thank you! -Erika

  • Moran Meghnagi

    Thank you for your respond! What do you refer to with “interchangeable” ? I didn’t understand.
    Thank you

    Moran Meghnagi

  • CESteam

    Interchangeable means that they are the same thing and both are used for the same purpose.

    We have heard of the chalk powder. It works just as well as chalk paint. The powder being white is fine. it wont mess up the paint color. But if you are not located in the US, I would not know where to find it. You may have to buy it online.

  • Moran Meghnagi

    Great thank you !!!

  • Brenda Diederich

    I bought 11 dollar a sheet thin plywood and cut many many 15 3/4″ tiles, which I painted old white and beveled the edge with a belt sander. I used a little brush and painted the bevels with a ‘flower pot orange’ color to represent terra cotta clay. ( I love Merola tile!) I used a stencil and dark gray paint to create a new kitchen floor that looks rustic. I put 3 coats of poly on it, then grouted them, then 2 more coats of poly. It is amazing.

  • CESteam

    Sounds like an amazing project!! So glad you are happy with the out come! =]

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