S P R I N G is in full bloom in the holler! The trees are getting full with beautiful leaves, flowers have blooms and the Kentucky bluegrass is needing cut every week. The longer, warmer days of spring always inspires us to plan lots of DIY projects around our house. The first thing on our list this year was to do something about our gross old vinyl floor. I have always tried to cover it with rugs or I would crop it out of a photo. New floor would be amazing, but with so many other things going to finances (New porch, exterior paint projects, medical bills, competitive dance for our daughter, a birthday party for our son, etc.) it just wasn’t in the budget. I have seen so many tutorials on Pinterest for years now, where creative folks would transform their old floors with paint, but I was still skeptical to try it until I started seeing so many of my Instagram décor friends posting their amazing vinyl and tile floor transformations with a stencil and chalk paint! They made me a believer and gave me the encouragement to finally try it! Our floors couldn’t have looked any worse, so what did I have to lose really? I went for it and I’m so glad I did! I’m still so new to this blogging thing, but I wanted to do my best to share with ya’ll our own transformation of our stencil + chalk paint DIY kitchen floors!
Supplies I used
- Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
- Small paint roller
- Chalk paint (I used Waverly brand in the color ‘Ink’ from Wal-Mart)
- 12×12 Stencil from StencilMall on etsy https://www.etsy.com/listing/477340971/reusable-stencil-moroccan-style-tile?ref=shop_home
- Paint brushes (I used regular wood handle paint brushes + a small detail brush)
- Polycrylic in matte finish
First I scrubbed all of the floor with the Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap and water. Afterward, I dried it completely with a towel. When the floor was completely dry, I started rolling them with primer. It took me two coats to cover the old vinyl color. After the primer was completely dry, I started stenciling with the black chalk paint. I used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process since I only had one stencil. I started in front of our farmhouse sink, in the middle and worked my way towards the edges and then on the next row I went back to the middle and did the same process. Keeping the stencil straight was very important so that all of the squares fit together correctly. The edges were always tricky because I would need to fold my stencil in order to get the right fit. For the edges, I used the small detailed brush because it was easier to have control and to see more, while painting on the stencil.
This process took much longer than I had imagined it would, and after working for a few hours each day, it ended up being really rough on my back. I have two herniated discs and deterioration of my lower spine. I know what you’re saying in your mind.. What in the world was I thinking taking on such a lengthy project with a bad back?! I asked myself the same thing, and all I can come up with, is that I don’t think things through very well.. I was ready to cry and just leave our kitchen nook with primer only because of the pain, when my sweet hubby came to my rescue and helped me finish it. To be honest this wasn’t the first time I had started a project and got in over my head and needed my DIY knight in shining armour to help me finish it 😉 I keep promising no more DIY’s but then Instagram and Pinterest come calling my name and I get inspired all over again and well.. Sorry Babe!
After one section would dry, he would go ahead and put the poly on so that we didn’t risk waiting until the very end and getting the floor dirty or scuffed before it was sealed.
I cannot believe the difference!! It looks so much better and completely transformed the entire kitchen! Everyone who has came in our home, asked if we put down new tile. It was definitely a lot of hard work and time consuming and our kitchen was a total mess for over a week. But it was worth it to us to finally have floor we don’t have to be ashamed of anymore. It’s definitely not perfect and if you look close you can see that some of the squares have more black than others. This was because the stencil would thicken up with dried paint. We would have to peel the paint off after a while, so that the stencil would work and it wasn’t easy to bring off. We even blistered our hands a little bit – so I tried a knife and ended up accidentally cutting into the stencil. That definitely didn’t work out. Then.. I tried lemon essential oils. That didn’t work either. It just made it a goey mess that still wouldn’t come off. I wish I had a good solution for this, but I don’t. It wasn’t fun, but even with all that aggravation, I still say it was worth it! That’s how much better our floors look compared to before!
I know ya’ll probably are wondering about durability. Honestly.. so am I. We plan to re-poly them around 6 months from now, to hopefully help keep them sealed good. I will definitely keep you all updated and let you guys know how they are holding up. In the few days they’ve been finished, our kiddos have already been pretty rough on them. They have dropped toys, spilled food and drinks, dragged bar stools across it, ran all over it in dirty feet from playing in the mud and you name it. So far I haven’t seen any damage. I’m telling myself that hopefully that’s a good sign! Fingers crossed!
Some things I wish I would have done differently to make the process easier are:
- Purchased a much larger stencil + purchased two. This would have made things go so much faster and been worth the extra cost in the long run, I believe. It also may have eliminated all that terrible paint build up on the stencil that caused us trouble
- Worked completely in one section at a time, instead of doing all the floors in primer first and then stenciling. This would have eliminated having to touch up spots that got dirty in one area before we had the chance to stencil and poly.. and trust me, there were many touch ups with two kiddos! Plus the furniture from the kitchen nook wouldn’t have had to be moved as soon and would have been functional for our family longer. That would have meant less meals eaten in the living room on the couch and more at the dinner table
I am actually pretty embarrassed to even share with you guys, this before picture of our stained up, old vinyl floor, but I wanted you to see how much of a difference this project truly made! Can you believe it’s the same floor?!! I wish I had taken more photos of the process, but with two littles running around, and homeschooling everyday in between this project, time got the best of me.
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today and joining me in my excitement about our new floors!