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I saw this picture on Joanna's IG a few months back and I had major heart eyes over this floor, but replacing the tile in our guest bathroom wasn't/isn't an option for us. Fast forward to last month and I was still drooling over this tile so I did what any reasonable person would do - I went on Pinterest.
I looked at more floors and the caption on one of them caught my eye.... "The Girl Who Painted her Tile...WHAT?!" I found myself on Remington Avenue's blog and then the next thing I know I am at Hobby Lobby buying paint! I looked at their stencils too but our linoleum was 12x12 and I didn't find any big enough there so I ended up ordering one online through cuttingedgestencils.com.
I followed the steps on Mysha's blog but did a few things differently/used a few different products so I thought I'd share my experience with you. Here are all of the products I used: DecoArt's Chalk Paint in Everlasting & Relic (sold at Hobby Lobby,) Minwax's Polycrylic, a foam roller, painter's tape, and a stencil. If you are using white, you want to be sure to buy a water based sealer - an oil base will yellow and tint your finish.
I started by cleaning our floor. I swept at least 5 times and then cleaned it some more. You want to make sure there is nothing that is going to get in the way of your paint adhering properly and you certainly do not want dirt or anything else getting in your paint either. I started by painting our "grout" lines and the tiles with a brush on the first coat to make sure the paint really got worked in to every part of the floor.
I let the first coat dry for about an hour and then I rolled a second coat of gray. I let this coat dry for 2 hours before I came in with the stencil. As I mentioned earlier, our linoleum was made to look like grouted 12x12 tiles and I bought a 12x12 stencil. The corners of the "tile" were hard to see after two coats of paint so I marked all of my corners with a pencil so I knew where to place my stencil so it would all line up perfectly. Next, I taped the stencil to the floor (make sure you use painters tape so it doesn't peel up your base color when you remove your stencil) and rolled over it with the white paint. Make sure that you do not just go to the next tile because your stencil and tape will mess up the wet paint. I skipped a tile and then did the next one. I did as many as I was able to do without overlapping my stencil on the fresh paint and then I let those dry for an hour. I continued to do this until all of the floor had been stenciled.
I let the white dry overnight because it was 11 pm by the time I had finished stenciling, but I think after 2-3 hours you would be safe to move on to the next and most important steps, touching up and sealing it! Using a small paint brush, I touched up places where the edges weren't crisp, it didn't take long to do and made a huge difference! The next part requires patience because it needs more drying time between coats but you do not want to rush this part! I rolled a total of 5 coats of Polycrylic on our floor, allowing 2 hours of dry time between each coat and 24 hours after the last coat before we walked on it and moved everything back in. It took me a whole weekend to finish but it was SO WORTH IT! I'll post an update in a couple months about how its held up, I am nervous/excited to see how it does.
The tray on the counter is from Sams, I bought it in the summer o 2015.
The plans for the ladder can be found here.