How to stencil a wooden or concrete floor

Are your floors looking tired, dated, dull or damaged? Well, it could be time to bring them back to life!

Floor stencilling

If you’re looking for a quick, easy and cost-effective way to spruce up your kitchen, hallway or bathroom, then floor stencilling might just be the answer.

You can use this technique on wooden and concrete floors – as long as they are properly prepped then it doesn’t matter if they have old paint and varnish on them. And with a different paint, and a stencil of the right size, you can also work this magic on old plain tiles to transform your walls!

Whether you choose a timeless sophisticated pattern or something more fun, you can accomplish this entire project in a weekend. For other simple home improvement ideas, check out our round-up of DIY projects you can do in a weekend!

You will need

  • Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint (two colours)
  • Small foam roller and tray
  • Large roller and tray
  • Paintbrush
  • Sander
  • Stencil
  • Cloth
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Paint stirrer

Step 1

If you are working on a wooden floor, then lightly sand, vacuum, and wipe completely clean before painting. Concrete floors should be vacuumed, wiped clean and allowed to fully dry.

Stencilled Floor 2

Step 2


Take your Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint base colour (we used Chalk White) and paint around the edges of the room, carefully cutting in a couple of inches with a paintbrush.

Using your large roller, get to work on the main area of the floor. Start at the furthest corner and move backwards towards the door, making sure to leave yourself an escape route.

You will need at least two coats – allow four hours between them. The thinner the coat, the more hardwearing it will be, as it will dry harder

Stencilled Floor 4

Step 3

Measure the floor to locate its centre. Using masking tape, position the stencil at the centre so that it does not move while you are painting.

Take your second paint colour (we used Anthracite) and apply a small, even amount of paint to the small foam roller, rolling away the excess in the tray. Apply the paint to the stencil. To avoid bleeding, make sure that there is only a small amount of paint on the roller at all times

Stencilled Floor 6

Step 4

Remove the stencil and reposition it. Depending on your stencil, you may need to wait for your design to touch dry to avoid smudging the previous stencil. Repeat until the whole floor is covered.



Tutorial and photos courtesy of Rust-Oleum