Kitchen Floor Stencil + Chalk paint DIY

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
  • Primer
  • Chalk paint (I used Waverly brand in the color ‘Ink’ from Wal-Mart)
  • 12×12 Stencil from StencilMall on etsy
  • 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!

Hello spring! – A Magnolia Market Inspired Floral display

I am so excited spring is here, Y’all! Decorating with stems and florals and all things garden makes my heart happy and I’m looking forward to seeing my babes be able to play outside until dark, catching lightning bugs in mason jars, swinging, throwing rocks in the creek and having so many picnics and tea parties in the holler. I can’t wait!

Every time I opened up Instagram (my favorite outlet for inspiration!) I was seeing gorgeous photos of the amazing Flower Market display at The Magnolia Silos and I was completely in love!! All the details of the spring additions to the Silos were breathtaking! Not to mention the incredible pages of the spring issue of The Magnolia Journal! All of Jojo’s spring creativity inspired me to try to do my own version of a mini Flower Market in our home!

I showed my inspiration board to my hubby and together we came up with the idea of building a simple wooden planter shelf to resemble a floral market. While he was building the shelf I was doing the fun part! Choosing buckets, florals and stems! I ended up with white tulips + hydrangeas and lambs ear + eucalyptus + mint to fill the tubs.  I wanted whites and greens to give a cohesive look to all of the neutral tones in our home.

These white terra-cotta pots and seed packets that I got from Magnolia Market Seed + Supply last year found a home on the console table I used below the planters. I also used a chippy gingerbread corbel from my friend Priscilla @thepinkribboncottage (found on Instagram), to add some chippy goodness to the space.

The “Fresh Flower Market” sign from Magnolia Market was a must have purchase for this spot! It was available to purchase in black, white and green. I had a hard. time choosing between the white and black for our home and to everyone’s surprise I ended up going out of my comfort zone and choosing black! I really love the contrast it added to the space. When I got the sign up, I realized it was a little bit small to balance out the shelf.. so we decided to take apart an old window frame we had laying around and we designed a frame for the sign in order to build up the edges.

I love using olive buckets all throughout our home. They add farmhouse style to any space. I put some greens in these to add some touches of spring. I also love stacking crates with florals and greens too. It kind of reminds me of a farmers market or old fruit stand. I look forward to going to those places in the summer to buy local fresh produce and flowers and to get inspiration for styling.

My sweet hubby surprised me with these RaeDunn Clay planters to add to this project, and y’all.. my heart melted. I had wanted these for a long time and hunted them with no luck. It was the perfect addition to complete the space.

Okay y’all that’s it for my first blog post! I know it wasn’t perfect and I’m not really sure what I’m doing just yet, but hopefully I’ll get better with time and experience and have some good posts to share with ya’ll! Thank you so much for stopping by! It means a lot to this girl!


White hydrangeas, white tulips, Lambs ear, mint (on shelf) and galvanized buckets – Michael’s Arts and Crafts

Eucalyptus and small snowball stems (in crate) Olive Bucket with leather handles (in crate)  – Hobby Lobby

Olive Buckets with rope – Target

Sign, seed packets, white terracotta pots, crate and mint (in olive bucket) – Magnolia Market

Corbel – @pinkribboncottage (Instagram or Etsy)

Table – Local Junkin’ find

Planters – RaeDunn Clay

Greens for planters – Ikea