How to Stencil a Tiled Floor | Moroccan Traditional Tin Tile Stencil | Oak Lane Studio

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:

What you'll need

***Important Note***

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.

    Preparing Your Tiles

    CleanerClean the tilesBase coatFrog TapeMask the edge of the wallAll masked

    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

    Repositionable Spray AdhesivePlace sticky side down and positionTape the edges

    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.


    Americana Black AcrylicGradually roll roller into paintRemove excess paintRoll paint through stencilLight coatsContinue until color is rich and even

    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.

    Peel stencil straight upPosition on next tileResume stenciling

    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.

    Reuse stencil each timeNext tileRelaxing

    Continue stenciling as described earlier.

    Stenciling Against the Wall

    Save tiles adjacent to wall for lastTrim edge of stencil if necessaryUse roller for mostSwitch to stencil brush for edge where roller can't reachMatch edge with rest of designRemove when finsished

    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.

    Edge tile #2Edge tile #3Edge tile #4

    Proceed until all non-corner edge tiles are complete.

    Stenciling in a Corner

    Trim a 2nd edge for the corner tilesPositionCarefully tape sections of stencil that are flimsyStencil with roller and brushRemove stencilRemove tape when finished

    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.


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