I did it. I chalk painted my tile floors. WHAT!? I know, I’m a pretty brave DIY’er but I was (secretly) a little nervous how it would turn out. ESPECIALLY since we were live documenting the whole process via 90k thousand of you via Instagram 🙂 SO glad it turned out just as expected, maybe a little better. Okay, a LOT better. I LOVE it. I’m not a black decor lover typically so going for black was a little out of my league BUT I do love classic basics and think it’s the perfect base in there. I can’t believe how big of a difference it makes and I can belive it cost me less than $50 and I can’t believe I didn’t paint my bathroom tile floors FIVE years ago when we moved it. Don’t be a wussy like me—go for it.
Here’s the before tile, basic and pretty dull.
Our little farmhouse has been a rental property for 30 years so it’s had basic grade everything. We’ve been trying to add some charm and custom touches over the past 4 years, being renting ourselves. We purchased the home from my parents last year and are so excited to tackle some big renovations as almost everything is original.
You can follow this bathroom’s decor journey, although everything we’ve done has been cosmetic so far. I haven’t been wanting to dump too much money into it since we’re going to gut it when we save enough cash to do so. (The cabinet is falling apart, the bathtub leaks, the molding is cracked and falling apart, the pipes need to be replaced, oy!)
First I painted the countertops a faux granite, stenciled the walls, added some molding to the mirror, added a new light and finished off the beadboard walls, added some mason jar bathroom storage and recently, chalk painted the countertops since the faux paint eventually wore down in some spots.
When I got the itch to paint, I ran to Home Depot and grabbed three things: Black Chalk Paint, White Chalk Paint and Minwax Polyacrylic. I used an angle brush for the corners and a basic roller for the rest. I washed and used the same brush but threw away the rollers after each use. You’ll be surprised how little paint and poly you actually use! Which is why we love us some chalk paint! It goes on thicker which allows for less coats and it dries faster to save you time. Pin this image to refer back to when you’re ready to start! We grabbed our stencil at Walmart, it’s a doily style from Waverly. DecoArt makes a cute stencil too that you can grab on Amazon.
No turning back now..
Here’s the flooring after one coat, keep going!
When I finished the second coat, I let it dry for a couple of hours, in between running errands and housework. After the kids went to bed and I turned Netflix on, I tackled the stencil.
Kristi and I decided to stencil in the grout lines, starting at the center of each. I placed it in the middle then dabbed the white on with a foam stencil brush. It took me about 2 hours total to stencil the bathroom tiles.
A couple of tips: stencil in one even coat. As soon as it was fully coated, I removed the stencil and moved on. I didn’t want to try to line it up a second time and have it smudge. We’ve worked with stencils a lot, they’re pretty forgiving. I’m definitely not a perfectionist, they came out pretty clean and crisp without wiping off theback of the stencil in between.
The stencil dries really fast since it’s a small amount of paint. I used my hand sander and went over the middle of each stencil and in between them too to “grunge” it up a little. This is optional but I didn’t like how stark the contrast was so it toned it down a little bit. It’s also a good way to camoflauge potential future scratches or nicks.
I rolled on 3 coats of Minwax Polyacrylic to seal it. It requires 2 hours of dry time in between so I applied the first two and just to be extra safe, the last coat I applied pretty heavily then let it dry overnight.
It looks great! DEFINITELY better than the before! A super affordable way to update your flooring without spending thousands of dollars.
I loooooove my vinyl flooring that you can see peeking in the bottom of this picture. It’s waterproof and sturdy as all get out! Our police dog knocked over a whole gallon of paint on it in my craft room a month after the install…I let it dry for a few days then literally peeled it off in one pull. Amazing. But I love the pattern in a small space like a bathroom so my new bathroom flooring will be a pretty ceramic tile…one day!
PS: This cute little lady’s daddy installed a solar tube for me! I love the natural light it offers all day!! More on that later! LIFE C H A N G I N G.
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Check back next week for the rest of this mini-makeover, we love the thrifted cabinet we created!