Stenciled Floor

So far, I have had the opportunity to do my decorative painting on walls, ceilings and stairs… so I was excited to jump at the opportunity to do a decorative floor!

For this project, I worked with a designer and another decorative painter on a home in Newton.  As a component of his overall remake of these two rooms, the designer wanted a roman key pattern stained into the floors. The floors were in rough shape to begin with, so they were sanded down and re-stained – but before they were coated, we came in with our stencils!

 Raw floor with stenciled loosely placed

Raw floor with stenciled loosely placed

The biggest challenge was laying out the pattern to get a clean, symmetrical look in rooms that were not necessarily symmetrical (or square!). To help in the corner transitions, we used a separate square pattern – but the hearth was particularly challenging (and fun!) because we needed to match up the rectangular pattern to “turn” in a way that looked natural without using the squares.   After some intensive problem-solving, this ended up being a highlight of the room.

 Stencil with square corner applied

Stencil with square corner applied

 Stencil wrapped around hearth with corner "turns"

Stencil wrapped around hearth with corner "turns"

Once the stencils were down, it was a matter of careful staining to make sure the stain didn’t creep underneath the stencil.  Here we figured out an approach to use a lighter application with 2 coats to give a nice crisp edge.

 

The result drew many “wow’s” (!) from other people working on the house – and from the designer!

 

Enjoy,

Jason

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