Sincerest apologies for leaving you hanging with the stenciling yesterday. I just hate for my posts to get too long and boring! And it’s fun to divide projects up into different sub-projects so they seem less daunting.
Recall for a moment that this is how our ‘solarium’ started out when we bought the house.
Painting the trim and around all those window panes was a huuuuge pain (PUN!), but so worth it! Getting rid of that bright yellow was an important matter.
And (this is where we left off yesterday.. linoleum cleaned, prepped, painted!
SPEAKING OF DAUNTING…
This is not really a tutorial on stenciling your floors, because the truth is, I legit don’t recommend it.
I’m not saying I regret it. Because I don’t. But it took sooooooo many hours. Like dozens. This was made possible by the sheer insane amount of time we spend at the new house while Nick is carefully dismanteling the kitchen.
Don’t feel bad for Nick… he doesn’t WANT my help, because it would involve me and a 12 lb sledge hammer, and that’s not his style apparently. We’re living proof that opposites attract.
So I’ve had lots of hours to get my paint on while the children frolic about the neighborhood.
I picked a stenciling pattern based off these tiles and had my friend Dana makes some changes and do a little editing in her software. Then she blew the whole thing up SUPER LARGE and cut me a stencil on her laser! In order to make it as large as we did, we had to cut 4 separate stencils to fit together to make a larger one.
To keep things simple and make sure it all lines up in the end, I decided to just start with doing one part/color on the whole floor and then go back and do the rest. I did NOT expect this stenciling pattern to emerge. I kinda like it! (but not enough to stop here)
Of course there were lots of little stenciling oopsies, but I didn’t worry about doing touch-ups until the very end. I did two coats of this olive green color which was super frustrating. But worth it, you know?
FINALLY time to add a couple more colors!
Since I know I’m going to get some questions about this color combination I chose, and the truth is… I just picked some random colors that wouldn’t normally be seen together. Because I’m that kinda girl.
I made sure SW Sage was one of the 5 stenciling colors so that it would tie the floor in with all the molding and trim. It was so fun watching it come together ones I started stenciling 3 colors at a time!
Cypress loves to ‘help’ me with whatever I’m working on, and she had so much fun painting on this cardboard box while I stenciled away!
It needed two coats of every color. But I found that using the stenciling brush rather than a small roller (like I used on the first color) helped give a lot cleaner lines… which makes for less need for touch ups.
The stenciling ain’t perfect, but I’m LOVING IT!
You might remember I had 5 paint swatches picked out for this pattern… we’re still missing the peach shade! There wasn’t a spot for it on the stencil, but I knew right where to put it.
After finding a cute flower template via google image, I printed it on a transparency and cut out the flower with an Exacto knife to make my own stencil. (see this post for more details and instruction on making your own stencil)
After doing touch-ups on the stenciling with a craft paint brush, I sealed the floors with this stuff by just drizzling it right onto the floor and rolling it with a paint roller. It dries completely clear and will make this floor even more durable (and wipeable!) than it already is!
There aren’t a lot of rooms that can pull off this much pattern and color on such a large surface, but this sunroom is rocking it. And this will be the perfect space for us to create together as a family, learn, read, all the things.
I can’t wait to start loading up this room with plants and a few pieces of furniture that will be both useful and inspiring! I want this room to be where we go when we want to escape to our own little world and get lost in a book, or get messy with a craft.
I. CANNOT. WAIT.
UPDATE! Below are links to posts that we’ve published about our ‘new’ house and it’s progress!
Now get stenciling! And thanks for pinning.