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Painting a Geometric Stenciled Floor with Cutting Edge Stencils

A Shipibo Stenciled Floor That’ll Make You Strut Your Stuff!

Shipibo Stenciled floor with Cutting Edge Stencils and The Eagle's Nest Blog

Trust me, you want to know what we’re buzzing about today! Our bestie, Jessica, the blogger responsible for The Eagle’s Nest, has revealed her Shipibo Stenciled floor! I’m not sure you understand how amazing this floor is! Do not underestimate the power of a perfectly stenciled walking platform! It can transform a space into your very own catwalk, and potentially be the most gratifying DIY project you’ve ever accomplished in your life! Honestly, this floor has had us girls in the Cutting Edge Stencils‘ office giddy with glee all morning, and we’re just itching to strut across that floor– totally ten times better than a red carpet!

How DID She Do it?

To start the project, Jessica first stained her original floor color (Sherwin Williams’ “Anew Grey”) to be a charcoal gray color which added a rustic finish and helped the stencil design pop! She scrubbed on two coats of a half paint (Benjamin Moore’s “Kendall Charcoal”), half glaze mixture to create a linoleum look, which appears cleaner than her previous soft gray color. Here’s the floor before and after the glaze was added:

Before/After glaze mixture was applied to pre-stenciled floor

The next step was to paint our Shipibo stencil onto the floor! Jessica chose to start at the furthermost end of the room in the center.  She used a dense foam roller with little pressure to apply the paint, and worked vertically down the room (in columns). Her paint of choice: Benjamin Moore‘s “China White.” The goal was to achieve a tarnished look, so Jessica wasn’t worried about even coverage of the paint in the stencil design. When she got to the corners of the room, after having stenciled the entire center portion, Jessica had some trouble with bleeding because of unwanted paint build-up on the stencil. What we suggest is that as soon as you notice unwelcomed seepage compromising to your design, it might be time to clean your stencil! I might have suggested started stenciling in the top leftmost section of the room, working from left to right. However, sometimes the best looking sections are those that you complete first, so Jessica was pleased that her center (most obvious) section of the floor came out the cleanest! To reach those complicated crevices, Jessica bent the stencil and used a brush to apply paint in those difficult areas.

Step-by-Step process of stenciling a Shipibo floor with Cutting Edge Stencils

Then Jessica got a little nutty (in a good way!) and created her own stencil (out of a filing folder) to fill in charcoal squares within the negative space of her Shipibo design. Jessica used the extra, undiluted paint from her glaze mixture to color those crazy squares with a stencil brush, which took about an hour and a half to complete!

To finish it off, Jessica painted the entire floor with two coats of polyurethane to seal the design and give the beautiful floor a shiny sheen! So in the end, after I’m sure a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, Jessica’s floor came out on top (figuratively)! She was more than pleased with the results and super happy to have saved a boat load of money mimicking ceramic tiles instead of buying them!

Intricate details of a Shipibo Stenciled floor with Cutting Edge Stencils

Love this stenciled floor?:

Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Melissa and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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  • Spoiledbratt930

    Was is the original floor?  Concrete? Linoleum? etc?  Looks like there is a seam in one of the pics is why I ask. 
      Considering staining my concrete floor!
    Thank you

  • What is the original floor? Concrete? Linoleum? etc? Looks like there is a seam in one of the pics is why I ask.
    Considering staining my concrete floor!
    Thank you

  • CESteam

    The original floor seems to be concrete! Jessica doesn’t directly mention it, but that’s what we’ve gathered from the photos! Good luck stenciling your floor, and please send us photos when you finish; we’d love to see!

  • Amy Ellis

    Great floor project idea, especially for ugly vinyl sheet flooring.

  • SandyS

    Amazing!

  • CESteam

    :)

  • CESteam

    Thank you Sandy, and yes, we agree. We really like the “Shipibo Stencil.”

  • cheryl

    Great idea. Thank you for sharing.

  • CESteam

    Our pleasure Chery!
    We love to share “Stencil Stories.” :)

  • Catherine

    I am interesting in stenciling one of my windows as a way of creating privacy. Can you please tell me what type of paint I should be using ? Thanks so much…

  • CESteam

    Hi Catherine,

    You can try glass etching cream or acrylic paint! We actually have a blog post dedicated to painting on windows/glass. Check it out here:

    http://blog.cuttingedgestencils.com/using-stencils-on-glass.html

  • I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting,
    hopefully you will keep posting such blogs….Keep sharing

  • CESteam

    Thank you!!
    We are trying to do our best to encourage people to stencil.:)

  • Alex

    Do you know if she used the medium or small stencil?

  • CESteam

    Hi Alex,

    The stencil used was our Shipibo Allover : http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/stencils-wall-stencil-shipibo.html It is offered in one size. Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

  • Jessica

    This looks so great. How long did it take and how much did it cost?

  • CESteam

    Hi Jessica,

    The Shipibo stencil costs $39.95 http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/stencils-wall-stencil-shipibo.html. For additional project specifics, you may want to reach out to Jessica or check out her blog, The Eagles Nest. Happy Stenciling!

  • valeria

    How is that ‘marble’ look achieved?

  • CESteam

    Hi Valeria,

    She used two coats of Polyurethane at the end of her project :) But for more detailed information on the how she achieved this gorgeous floor please visit her blog: http://blog.nest-studio-home.com/search?q=stencil+ you will find great tips and see a detailed description on her wonderful project! Do hope this helps!

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