Stencils have wide variety of decorative applications for furniture, walls, and even floors. In this tutorial we demonstrate how to stencil Oak Lane Studio's new Bohemian Tile stencil onto concrete using a unique sand in paint approach for added grip. For this project you will need:
Sand Start by sanding any stubborn irregularities like paint, dirt, or plaster from the floor you are stenciling. If your surface is already clean then all you need to do is wipe down your floor with a damp cloth or sponge.
Decide what color paint to use for your patio. We want to paint our concrete floor a light cream color so we mixed cloud white DecoArt Patio Paint with the Antique Mum color. Once you mix your color make sure to add sand so that it is a non-slip, textured surface. Add about a quarter of the amount of sand to your paint and thoroughly mix. For easy clean up we recommend using a plastic garbage bag as a liner over your paint tray.
Use a roller to coat your concrete floor with your textured paint mixture. If you are stenciling an area with walls, use a regular paintbrush to edge into the corner where the floor meets the wall. Once you have used 1-2 coats of your textured paint on the floor, mix another batch of light cream paint without the sand. Using your roller, add a final 1-2 coats of patio paint without the sand to seal in your initial textured paint. Let this base coat dry for a few hours or a day before stenciling.
Before you begin, use Repositionable Spray Adhesive on the back of your Large Format Boho Floor stencil. Line up your stencil and press into position in the center of your floor. With your stencil in place, use small pieces of Frog Tape painters tape under the 4 triangular registration marks in the corners of your stencil design. Use longer strips of painters tape on the edges of your stencil to keep from painting outside the design.
Get a clean new garbage bag on your paint tray to mix your next color of patio paint. For this we will be using DecoArt Robin's Egg Blue mixed with Wrought Iron Black patio paint. Depending how large your surface is you will need a couple bottle of Robin's Egg Blue patio paint. Mix your paint colors until you reach a prussian blue.
Roll your paint roller in your paint, roll the excess paint off onto the paint tray, and then roll it onto a piece of paper towel to remove more paint. This prevents paint from seeping beneath the stencil design. If there is too much paint on your roller as you stencil then the details of the design will not come out with crisp detail. Roll paint lightly through the stencil until you get your color fill. Make sure the registration marks of the stencil are painted onto the painters tape, then peel your stencil from the floor.
Line the registration marks of your stencil up with stenciled registration marks of your first stencil repeat. Part of the stencil design overlaps between the registration, making lining up the next repeat easier. Press the stencil into place before painting the next stencil repeat. Continue this process as you stencil the entire floor.
Line the stencil up with the registration marks and bend it against the wall to stencil into the corner where the wall meets the floor. Roll the paint through the stencil in a straight line along the edge of the wall. To stencil right up into the corner, use painters tape along the bottom of the wall, then fold the stencil and paint right into the corner.
To stencil the floor into a corner, start by lining the registration marks up on both sides of the stencil. Bend the stencil in on itself and tape the top of the stencil onto the wall. Roll the paint along the edges of the corners of the wall until you reach full coverage then peel off your stencil.