My friend Abby has lived in a tiny old farmhouse for a while, and recently her and her husband renovated and expanded it to be their forever home. Their new house is fantastic…it’s roomy and open without being huge. Plus it’s on 13 acres…so it’s basically my dream house. I should really do a house tour of the whole thing, actually. One day, but not today… today the only part of her house we’re touring in the mudroom/laundry room floor. Stop it, it’s going to be awesome. Here’s the before…
This room is basically two long hallways, it leads from the main part of the house to the laundry area, then outside (to where the detached garage will be, one day). It’s a work in progress, they still plan on adding cabinetry, countertops, and a built-in mudroom area near the door.
Alright, so, plain sealed concrete floor. Enter the Moroccan Tiles Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.
and Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel…
The plain concrete actually looked pretty great, so we decided to make things easy and use that as our base color. And instead of stenciling the entire thing wall to wall (it’s really hard to stencil corners, and her trim is already installed) we decided to create a long stencil path. So we taped off the area we wanted to stencil using some ScotchBlue painters tape and exacto knife to cut perfect corners.
Hold on, I feel like I’m skipping over a very important detail of this project. Between Abby and I we have four kids four and under. Four BUSY kids. Well, three…one is a baby. Anyway, about right about the time we were taping the kids were being crazy (as expected) so we threw them outside to play. A few minutes later we went to check on them…
It looks like dirt that can be swept away, but it was thick mud had to be scraped off with a putty knife and hose. Then the kids all got the hose treatment too (because they of course wanted to come in immediately after getting muddy). That was hour one…many more hours of kids craziness and destruction were to follow. All in all the floor took us 12 hours…but without kids it would have taken us about a third of that. Oh, the joys of motherhood.
So back to the floor. After everything was taped off we got to stenciling,
At about 7pm Adam (my husband) came and took our two kids and dropped off some Bill Millers BBQ. Abby put her kids to bed and it was all fried chicken, wine, and smooth sailing from there.
I had originally wanted to put a border around the edges of the stencil, just a one inch solid white line. But when we pulled up the tape it looked so good that we left it. I thought it would look unfinished without a border, but the lines are crisp and it looks plenty finished.
The next day Abby put a coat of sealer over the whole thing and I’m thinking it’s going to hold up really nicely.