Saturday, 5 May 2018

Stencilling a floor


A couple of years ago, I came across a blog post by Mrs H about her new studio floor that she and her husband had created.  Then, last year, after the bag retreat, I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs H's home and seeing it in person.  It stuck in my mind.  I knew that one day, I too would create a floor like that.

So I am!


I read through the blog post, and Mrs H sent me some extra details to help me.  I then bought some MDF, cut it to size, screwed it down, filled the seam lines and screw heads, sanded and painted 3 coats of dark grey paint.  Then for the fun part.  I procrastinated this for ages as I was sure I'd mess it up.  Above is the stencil which I bought from Dizzy Duck Designs.



I painted over it using the same emulsion in pale grey I'd used for the walls in that room (it will be my new studio when I FINALLY finish it).  Then I was scared... the moment of truth...



Yay!!! Go me!!  Thanks Mrs H, thanks Dizzy Duck Designs, thanks Dulux!  I was sooooo chuffed.



I carried on, overlapping the stencil each time to line it up correctly.



Except where I didn't!  That line without dots was my mistake when doing the second row.  I will go back and fill it with dots later.  This is how far I got before I had to give up for the day.  I'd already painted an airing cupboard and a ceiling and I was tired!  It's quite slow going as it requires precision, also the stencil needs washing and thoroughly drying every 5 or 6 applications.  Hopefully I'll be able to show you the finished room soon...  Just got to finish stencilling, then varnish, then do the beading, then sort out the faulty window, get a radiator fitted, put up curtains, sort out the light fixtures, move my furniture in and set up my craft stuff...  so... end of summer maybe??

19 comments:

I am said...

Hi Wendy wow loving your new floor,very clever my friend xx

Oops-Lah said...

It looks great and I like the line you unintentionally created. I can imagine it's slow going and but so worth the result!

Shami Immanuel said...

Stenciling on the floor is coming along nicely. Very well done.

Pudding et Biscotte said...

The task you have started require a lot of patience but the result is very beautiful! The room will be wonderful with such an elegant floor! Wishing you a hard-stenciling weekend! Sandrine

Rachel said...

But you will glow with delight every time you look at it!

Believe me - I stencilled above the picture rail in our dining room seventeen years ago, and I still smile at the result!

Shirlee Fassell said...

Fabulous always wanted to do that!

tialys said...

Looking good so far - is it special floor paint you're using?

Fiona said...

I love it .... well done you it looks really great...

HUgz

Jane Galley said...

I love it! Gives me an idea for my porch floor too :)

Celtic Thistle said...

This is really lovely, what a gorgeous room it will be to work in when you are finished!

dutchcomfort said...

Such a great idea to paint your floor!

Karen S said...

That is stunning. What a great effect. I really do admire you taking on this tricky tasks. This will be a work of art when you are finished.

Anonymous said...

Such a lovely crisp finish. Will you need to seal/varnish is when you've finished?

Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

I love it!! Well done y friend!
It looks really fantastic.
Hugs from Spain.

Christine B. said...

Wow Wendy, this is just looking so fabulous! What a great way to freshen up the room! I love it! Sorry not to have been to visit for a while but moving house is a BIG undertaking and I am only just getting back into the swing of things! Hugs Christine xx

Bethany said...

I absolutely adore this. I can't wait to see the finished room!

pennydog said...

It's going to be awesome!!!

Lyn Warner said...

Looks amazing!

Sheryl S. said...

gee golly, aren´t you clever, this looks fantastic.