Stenciling a Concrete Floor

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…

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.

Moroccan Tiles Stencil

and Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel…

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.

Scotchblue

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…

mud

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,

Stenciling concrete

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.

stenciled hallway runner

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.

stenciled laundry room floor

laundry area

Moroccan Tiles Floor Stencil

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.

Stenciled floor after sealer

Alright, so who wants to win a stencil? Enter using the rafflecopter below (it may take a second to load)…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

How to update a plain concrete or plywood floor

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Comments

  1. Wow, Ashley, that looks fabulous! What a great way to deal with a concrete floor, and so clean looking for the laundry room.

  2. The stencil surely is crisp and the floor turned out lovely! It’s so cool that you opened a stenciling link party, too. I stenciled our “mudroom” area in April as my first stencil project and I’m eager to stencil something else sometime. Your site will be my go-to site for stenciling ideas! :)
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  3. It looks great! I am especially in awe that you did it with all the kids in tow – I have yet to stencil anything in my home – but I have a table that I would love to give a new life to – thanks for the opportunity to win a great stencil!
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  4. Mary Stewart says:

    Okay, I thought it was going to look like a hot mess…but I love it! I think we will be doing this to our garage floor. I really like that stencil and it looks like a really easy process. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Ha…it certainly had hot mess potential! I think the trick to stenciling a floor and having it not look crazy is using a small, repetitive pattern. Or if you have your heart set on a big pattern to make it VERY tone on tone…to where you almost don’t even notice it.
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  5. Shirley says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  6. julie spear says:

    This turned out really pretty – the unfinished concrete goes great with the wall color! and tag-teaming it was such a great idea, makes it much more fun. I was just telling my childhood friend the other day that we NEVER should have stopped helping each other with “chores”, because it made it so much more fun!!! Great Job, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    • I agree, friends make projects so much better! Or even just doing something that’s not in your own house is a nice change. I remember as kids my brother and I would sometimes clean each others rooms just for a change. My room was always messier though, so jokes on him, haha.

  7. Samantha says:

    I love how your floor turned out, great job!….I stenciled my bedroom wall and entry wall…it always gives such a dramatic effect.

  8. Fantastic. Very beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This floor stencil looks beautiful and it goes great with wall color. It looks like it is done by some professional as it looks perfect.

  10. It’s awesome!! just like a dream house to me and I wish if I could decorate my home like this..the concrete color, stencil floor..really wonderful. Just last year I have bought a new home in 1 Yacht Rd and decorated it with an interior designer. I am quite happy with her work but I have decided that I will stencil my floor later as Abbey has done as it has impressed me a lot. Thanks! Ashley for sharing this post.

  11. Now this is my subject. This is really creative ideas. I just love it.

  12. I love your floor design, Ashley, you are so cool.

  13. This is incredible! i love the look! Any chance i can find out where that drying rack is from? taht hung out at an angle from the wall? Thanks!

  14. This looks incredible! Did you have to do anything to the concrete before you painted it?
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  15. That’s just gorgeous! Makes me want to stencil something…
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  16. I absolutely love this idea and really hope I can try it one day.. you have a patience of a saint!

  17. I’m going to be doing some home renovations soon, and part of those renovations requires me to cut some concrete. I’m not sure how to do this though. That being said, I really appreciate you showing me how I’m supposed to go about stenciling it to make sure my lines are straight. I’ll make sure I do this right away and see how much it helps. Thanks a ton Ashely for letting me know how to do this.

  18. I am getting ready to do this in my husband’s mancave. What type of sealer did you use? I am just worried that it will make it slippery if it’s wet if I seal it. It is a high traffic area so I want it to be as safe as possible with kids in and out of the door.
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  19. Wow, that concrete floor looks great. I have never heard of someone stenciling cement before, it’s a great idea. We’ll have to look for something like this for our concrete walkways!

  20. Thank you so much for the inspiration! We pulled 20 year old vinyl in our laundry room and I stenciled the concrete with another amazing stencil from http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com. It turned out great!

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