How to Stencil a Tiled Floor | Moroccan Traditional Tin Tile Stencil | Oak Lane Studio
Breathe some fresh Mediterranean air into that old tile floor with this Moroccan Traditional Tin Tile Stencil from Oak Lane Studio.
Here's what you'll need:
For our 12" tile stencils, the design is 12" square. Be sure to measure your tiles first. Some 12" tiles include the to-be-added grout in the measurement, so the tile itself is a bit smaller. In this case, you would need to contact us for a custom-sized stencil.
- Moroccan Traditional Tin Tile Wall Stencil
- Americana Acrylic Paint in Black
- High Density Foam Rollers
- Repositionable Spray Adhesive
- Frog Tape Painter's Tape
- Paint Tray
- Primer / paint for base color
- Heavy duty cleaning solution
- Paper towels
- Brush-on Gloss Acrylic Sealer
Preparing Your Tiles
To start, sand down your tiles with an electric sander to remove any paint or stains and to create a suitable surface for the paint to adhere to.
Next, clean the tiles with a heavy duty cleaner and allow to dry.
Use Frog Tape painter's tape to mask off the bottom edge of your walls in order to protect them from wayward brush strokes.
Positioning the Stencil
Spray one side of your Moroccan Tin Tile stencil with Repositionable Spray Adhesive and wait about thirty seconds for it to cure. Position the stencil so that it's centered on a stencil that is near a corner but one stencil away from both walls. Save the edge tiles and corner tiles for later!
With the stencil properly positioned, secure it even further with a piece of Frog Tape on each side.
Shake your bottle of Americana Acrylic Paint in black and pour out a small amount on a paper plate or paint tray.
Load a high density foam roller with paint by rolling it in one direction multiple times, each time taking up a small amount of the paint puddle. This will help reduce blotching.
Remove excess paint by rolling the roller on a stack of clean paper towels. Too much paint on the roller will result in bleeding underneath the stencil.
Apply the paint using numerous light coats, reloading the roller as needed.
Once you've achieved the desired shade of black, simply peel away the stencil and position it over the next tile. Start near one corner of the room and work your way towards the opposite corner, stenciling all tiles save for those along the edge and corners.
Continue stenciling as described earlier.
Stenciling Against the Wall
Once all the middle tiles are complete, cover them with a painter's tarp or an old blanket. For the edge tiles, take a pair of scissors and trim away one side of the stencil right up against the design. Now place this stencil on top of the tile and begin painting.
If needed, add small amounts of Frog Tape to fill in any gaps between the design and the wall.
The roller will not get all the way up to the wall, so use a stencil brush and stipple lightly to fill in these areas and blend it in with the areas where the paint has been rolled in. Prior to stippling, remove excess paint from the brush by swirling the bristles on the stack of paper towels.
Proceed until all non-corner edge tiles are complete.
Stenciling in a Corner
For the corner tiles, use the scissors again and trim away an additional side of the stencil. Use Frog Tape, if needed, to hold any loose pieces of the stencil in place (but be careful not to cover the design with the tape!).
Once the corners are all complete, lift the stencil and peel away all of the masking tape to reveal your beautiful new Moroccan Traditional Tin Tile floor!
Once all the tiles are completed, brush on a couple coats of a gloss acrylic sealer to protect your floor from wear and tear.