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Transform Your Tile With Stencil

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  • Estimated Time

    4-5 Hours

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies

    • Rust-Oleum Home Interior Floor Coating - Base Coat
    • Vinyl Stencil
    • Low-tack spray adhesive
    • High-density foam roller and cage
    • Mini paint tray
    • Painter's Tape
    • Drop Cloth
    • Protective gloves & eyewear
    • Lint Free Rag
    • Paper Towels

Transform Your Tile With Stencil

Get the look of expensive tiles for a fraction of the cost.


    *If you have already followed the steps to clean and base-coat your floors with Rust-Oleum Home Tile How-to, you are ready to add a custom tile look.

    1. Take your stencil outside or to a well-ventilated area, and add a light spray of low-tack spray adhesive to the back. Allow the adhesive to dry for about 5 minutes until the finish is tacky to the touch (like a post-it note).
    2. While the stencil is drying, thoroughly stir the Rust-Oleum Home base-coat paint that you’ll be using for the stencil and then add it to a paint tray.
    3. Place the stencil on the floor and add a few pieces of painter’s tape to the corners to help position it in place.
    4. Load your high-density foam roller with a small amount of paint (just enough to cover all sides of the roller), and then roll it onto a piece of paper towel to “off-load” any excess paint. It’s much easier to add more paint when needed, and less paint will prevent bleeding under the stencil and help to create crisp lines.
    5. Using light pressure, apply the roller over the stencil and roll in various directions until the stencil pattern is completely covered with paint.
    6. Gently peel back the vinyl stencil to reveal the completed pattern on the floor, and continue application in a checkerboard pattern to ensure you aren’t overlapping the stencil on any freshly painted areas.
    7. Re-apply low-tack spray adhesive to the back of the stencil as per the directions in step 1 as needed throughout the project.
    8. The stencil paint will dry to the touch in 1-2 hours, at which time you can go back and fill in the un-stenciled areas. (Tip: Wear socks and walk gently on the surface).
    9. It is easiest if you leave the perimeter tiles until last, and in areas where a full stencil is not required, use a long metal trowel or ruler to bend the vinyl at a 90-degree angle into the edge where the floor meets the wall and paint to the bottom of the baseboard.
    10. Once you’ve applied your final stencil (YAY), allow to dry for 2 hours before applying the protective top-coat.

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