Stencilling your wooden or concrete flooring

Posted: 24th Apr 2019

Are your floors looking tired, dated, dull or damaged? Well, it could be time to bring them back to life!

That's where this tutorial from Rust-Oleum comes in - it explains how some of the brand's Chalky Finish Floor Paint could be ideal for creating an easy and cost-effective floor update.

You will need

Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint (two colours)
Small foam roller and tray
Large roller and tray
Paint brush
Masking tape
Paint stirrer
Can opener


1. Chalky Finish Floor Paint can be applied to concrete floors, bare wooden floorboards and floorboards with old paint and varnish, once the surface is prepared properly.

Wooden floors should be lightly sanded, vacuumed, and wiped completely clean before painting. Concrete floors should be vacuumed, wiped clean and allowed to fully dry before painting.

2. Take your Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint base colour (we used Chalk White) and paint around the edges of the room, cutting in a couple of inches.

Next take your large roller and get to work on the main area of the floor. Start at the furthest corner and move backwards towards the door, leaving yourself an escape route.

You will need at least two coats – allow 4 hours between coats. The thinner the coat, the more hardwearing it will be, as it will dry harder.

3. Measure the floor to locate its centre. Using masking tape, position the stencil at the centre so that it does not move while you are painting.

4. Take your second Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Floor Paint colour (we used Anthracite) and apply a small, even amount paint to small foam roller.

Apply the paint to the stencil. To avoid bleeding, make sure that there is only a small amount of paint on the roller at all times.

Remove the stencil and reposition it. Depending on your stencil, you may need to wait for your design to touch dry to avoid smudging the previous stencil. Repeat until the whole floor is covered.

Tutorial courtesy of Rust-Oleum