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Stencil and Save! Makeover An Old Cement Floor

Stencil Patterns Make Old Floors Fabulous!

Good morning, my Cutting Edge Stencils friends! Flooring is one of the most expensive changes to make in a home and can easily fall to the bottom of the to-do list because of budget. Don’t let this happen to you! Get your floors in tiptop shape without breaking the bank using our floor stencils! A stencil pattern is the secret to adding affordable style to your space.  Today we’re going to share with you a stenciled cement floor featuring our Paisley Allover Stencil. Come take a look…

Cutting Edge Stencils shares a cement floor makeover using the Paisley Allover Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

We’d like to introduce Heidi Stefanich, a super creative DIYer and Cutting Edge Stencils customer.  Heidi was in the midst of a budget-friendly basement makeover.  She had affectionately nicknamed this space her “mom-cave.” The space needed a complete overhaul and she was accomplishing it with one DIY project at at time. Here is what her basement looked like before:

A shot of a basement before its stenciled floor makeover. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

As she was crossing updates off her list, Heidi was confronted with a flooring problem. She had a lackluster concrete floor in her basement.  While wood or tile is a great option for a basement setting, it can be expensive to install.  Heidi had to put her DIY thinking cap on and she decided that a stencil would be a great option.  Painting a stencil design on a floor is not only affordable but it can create quite the impact!  Floors stencils provide so many design and color options that can be easily tailored to your existing decor. Heidi browsed our website and selected the Paisley Stencil.  This geometric stencil is based on the popular droplet design.

The Paisley Allover Stencil, a popular wall pattern, from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

The first thing she did was spot clean the concrete floor using Krud Kutter.  Then she washed the floor a TSP substitute solution to ensure all of the dirt and grime was removed.  This step was helpful because it will ensure that her paint sticks to the surface.  She rinsed the TSP solution off the concrete floor and was ready to start painting. Heidi painted her concrete floor using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite Gray. Once the paint was base coat was dry she was ready to start stenciling! Heidi used blue painter’s tape to hold the Paisley stencil pattern in place.  Heidi poured her Annie Sloan Chalk Pain in French Linen into a foam tray and then painted the pattern in white using a dense foam roller. If you are recreating this project at home, be sure to roll off any excess paint to eliminate bleed.  After each section of the stencil is complete, simply untape it and reposition to finish the pattern on the floor. Heidi found it helpful to clean the stencil in between uses.  To complete her project she applied two coats of Varathane Crystal Clear High Traffic Floor Finish in Satin. For more information on how to stencil, please check out our stencil tutorials.

Learn how to stencil a concrete basement floor using the Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

Let’s get to the fun reveal. Are you ready to see how her stenciled basement floor turned out?  Here it is!

Learn how to stencil a concrete basement floor using the Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

Heidi had this to say about her stencil project, ” I am in love with my new, one-of-a-kind floor! I was able to create this custom floor for a fraction of the cost of having even inexpensive flooring installed.  Thank you so much for a wonderful product. ”

Learn how to stencil a concrete basement floor using the Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

She also mentioned, ” The pattern and color scheme have turned out to be the perfect camouflage for muddy paw and kid prints this winter, and that’s saying something with two teenage boys, a young German Shepherd and an older (very hairy) lovable black mutt! ”

Learn how to stencil a concrete basement floor using the Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

How awesome does that floor look?  We’d love to strut our stuff across this stenciled beauty!  Heidi let us know that, ” The entire project cost under $300, a fraction of what it would have cost to have even the cheapest flooring installed.  It’s one-of-a-kind and I love it!  I’m loving how it pulls together all the furniture and contrasts nicely with the yellow walls. ”

Learn how to stencil a concrete basement floor using the Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/paisley-allover-stencil.html

Tell us, what stencil pattern would you use on your cement floor?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!

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

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  • Rosie Walsh

    I have thought of doing this in a medium size bedroom where I have a super heavy desk and a sewing center. My fear is not having it last, of it getting scratched. Please disabuse me of this idea.

  • johngalt

    I can’t speak to how it will hold up over time, but so far, so good. We did put sheets under the heavier pieces of furniture to keep them from scratching the brand-new paint job when we loaded everything back into the finished room. That worked really well to make moving heavy items much easier since we could just slide them, and the sheets protected the floor. And so far, no scratches from anything else, including two large dogs who hang out in this room.

  • CESteam

    Hi Rosie,

    Sorry! We did not see this message! We have people who stencil floors all the time and have yet to hear of anyone mentioning that the stencil paint came up! We always recommend sealing the floor so there is a protective layer above the paint to give it a little more protection!

    I don’t personally have any experience with sealing floors, and everyone we speak to uses something different and has a different technique. So I always recommend going to your local hardware store and mentioning to them what you intend do to and see what they recommend. There are some great sealers out there, so you should not have an issue!

    Hope this helps!

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