We moved into our new builder’s grade home about 12 years ago. One of the design element I never could get past in my home is why anyone would put floors tiles around a fireplace. My solution for those ugly floor tiles? A gorgeous stencil over painted tiles! It turned out so well! I have to admit I waited until the hubby was out of town before I started this project. He kinda frowns on all my painting to dos. Ha! This isn’t the first time… here’s how it went down.
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Before The Painted Tiles
This space was sooooo dark! Before I started I cleaned the tiles with White Lightning from Dixie Belle. Having a clean surface is key in any painting project. You can get all the details in this video of how to apply the Slick Stick bonding gripper before painting.
Products List for Painted Tiles
You can see all the Dixie Belle Products by CLICKING HERE.
- White Lightning Cleaner
- Slick Stick (bonding gripper for slick surfaces)
- Caviar Mineral Based Paint (black)
- Buff Mineral Based Paint (white)
- Dixie Belle Paint Brush
- Purdy Paint Brush (for cutting in)
- Cutting Edge Stencil
- Ruler Grip Adhesive for Stencil
- Makeup sponges
- Gator Hide
- Dixie Belle Application Sponge (for the Gator Hide)
Application of the Stencil on Painted Tiles
The directions with the Cutting Edge Stencil is to use a foam roller for the application. I prefer a makeup wedge/sponge. I find it much easier to control the amount of paint that is going over the stencil with this method. Yes, It takes a little more time, but the results are crisp and clean. Less is more with this method.
I used a spray adhesive to help keep the stencil in place and to prevent slips. You can use the painters tape to secure the stencil, but you risk the bleeding of your paint. I want perfection and I know you do too. Simply spray the back of the stencil and you’re ready to go. I did have to spray the stencil several times as it loses a bit of its tacky after several uses. The glue will not wash off, so if you are wanting to reuse the stencil later, you may want to use the tape method instead.
Sealing the Painted Tiles
After applying the stencil, I allowed the painted tiles to dry overnight. To seal all of my beautiful work, I used Gator Hide by Dixie Belle Paint Co. It’s a hard durable surface and perfect for this area of traffic.
What a change in the looks of this room!
Guess what? I got the thumbs up from the hub after it was all said and done. Whew! Thanks for hanging out with me today. It’s always fun when a plan comes together. Did you notice the Fireplace cover? CLICK HERE to see all the details on how to create a DIY Farmhouse Fireplace Cover.
Until the next project… xo, Do