Welcome back to week 4 of the One Room Challange and my powder room makeover! Guys, I am so excited to share my progress with you today. Do you ever get a crazy idea in your head of something you want to try, but you have no idea how it will really turn out? Then, you actually get it done, and it’s just like you pictured in your head. Well, that’s pretty much the story of my faux cement tiles.
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You may remember from my inspiration pictures that several of the bathrooms had cement tiles. I love their bold patterns, but I’m not really up for removing our current tiles and installing new tile right now.
The first thing I did was clean the floors really well with a TSP substitute before starting to paint them. I didn’t want anything on the floor to keep the paint from adhering well. Then, I used a shellac based primer, B-I-N from Zinsser, on both the tiles and the grout. I’ve written about my love for B-I-N several times before. It’s the most amazing primer if you’re concerned about paint getting paint scratched or chipped off. It dries lightning fast and hard as nails. so it’s easy to get 2 coats on within an hour. Because B-I-N is shellac based, it fairly difficult to clean up. I usually use an old paintbrush and roller that I don’t mind throwing away when I’m finished.
I used 2 coats of the same base color on the tiles as the baseboards, planks, and trim, which is White Dove from Benjamin Moore, however, I had Sherwin Williams color match it in their satin Proclassic. Once I let the base coat dry overnight, it was time to get stenciling!
Royal Design Studio was so great to send me their Eastern Tile stencil which worked perfectly with our 12 inch ceramic tiles! They have so many incredible stencils to choose from that I had a hard time picking out my favorite, but the Eastern Tile stencil was just the right size, and it reminded me of the patterns on the cement tiles that I loved so much. The have great tutorials on their website on how to stencil that you must see before you get started on your own stenciling!
Much to my son’s dismay, I used his paper plate as my palette. Oh, you should have seen the poor child’s face he saw what I was doing with it! My bad! I poured a small amount of paint onto the plate. A little paint goes a long way!
The biggest thing I learned in stenciling is to use as little paint as possible. Once I had the paint on my foam roller, I would roll off as much I could onto a paper towel before applying the roller to my stencil. Painter’s tape worked great to keep the stencil from moving.
One of my biggest fears about painting my tile floors was that somehow I would mess this whole project up. And, guess what? I did just that. I was completely horrified when I realized that I painted the stencil in the wrong direction on several of the tiles. It’s a little difficult to tell in the picture below, but I have an entire section that I had to paint over.
Surprisingly, it wasn’t as difficult of a fix as I imagined. I used this awesome tiny roller that I just wrote about in my favorite paint supplies post to prime over the messed up tiles and then reapplied my base coat.
Here’s how it looked just after I painted the base coat on the messed up tiles.
Once I stenciled all of the tiles, I used a small artist brush to touch up any areas where the paint had gotten under the stencil.
Here’s my one little beef with this project. My last step was to apply a sealant. The guy at the paint store convinced me that I needed a floor poly and not just a regular poly to hold up to foot traffic. I bought a water based floor polyurethane assuming it would not yellow because it’s water based. It was incredibly easy to apply with a lambs wool applicator and does not show any overlap marks. I’m a little disappointed because it definitely did yellow the tiles a bit. I have checked the bottle of polyurethane 3 times to make sure it wasn’t somehow oil based, but it must just be how it’s tinted for wood floors. The floors still look amazing, and I am so happy with them. They are just a slightly off white color now. I was taking a huge chance on my faux cement tiles, so if my slightly off white floor is the worst part of it, I’ll take it. If I were to do it again, though, I’d look into a different type of sealant.
What do you think? Do they look like the cement tiles in my inspiration photos?
There are only 2 more weeks until the big reveal! I hope you’ll be back next week to see the progress. You can sign up for my email newsletter so you won’t miss it! Email subscribers also have exclusive access to my printables library that has a recipe binder, gift tags, pantry and spice labels and more! Also, don’t forget to check out the other participants in the One Room Challenge. I’d like to give Linda from Calling it Home a huge thank you for another great makeover week!
You can get caught up on other weeks here…
Week 1– Before Pics and Inspiration
Week 2– Design Board
Week 3– How to Plank Walls