Incase you don’t already know I adore interiors. On my Instagram you’ll find hundreds of fellow enthusiasts who, like me, post all day long on chic chandeliers, flowers in pretty vases and their latest creative project whatever it may be. Among them is flowerpotcottage.
So when this post popped up on my feed it inspired me to do the same. I set off doing lots of research and found all the tools we needed to create our own stunning floor on a budget. I have to say, the finished effect has surpassed my expectations, I’m thrilled with it. It has injected a new lease of life into our kitchen and I feel so uplifted when I walk in there now.
So if you fancy doing something similar with a corner of your home, or perhaps even an entire room, go for it! It takes time, but achieves such a fabulous look without breaking the bank.
Here’s how we did it…
First things first – clean the floor. Not just a wipe over but a proper scrub! I scrubbed the floor with Cif three times over because there were decades of dirt on it. If you do this, make sure you rinse it well. I rinsed it 3-4 times after scrubbing because any product left will encourage the paint to peel off – we don’t want that!
Next was the base. Here we used Ronseal One Coat All Surface. I read about using a Primer before applying paint but we bought this multi-purpose paint that went straight onto tiles so we dodged this stage. With the tiles so dark we did three layers, all over.
The next stage was the fun bit yet it took forever! Our tiles measured 15cm by 15cm. We decided to purchase a stencil that measured 30cm x 30cm, to incorporate a larger pattern throughout. I thought this would make the kitchen look less ‘busy’, the bigger the easier on the eye. Yet you don’t want it too big that it’s lost in the room.
We took our time to stencil the tiles. We used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey. Lots of people working on similar projects used the Annie Sloan brush. However, when we tried this it didn’t produce an even affect, there were brush marks on the pattern and you didn’t get a neat finish around the stencil edge. Instead, we used a foam roller which gave a neat, dramatic finish and was much easier to use for all that stencilling.
Once the stencils were done, which took the best part of three weekends (I know!), we then finished the tiles off with a couple of layers of varnish. This goes on clear and is super durable. Then you can stand back and admire. Voila! I’m sure you’ll agree it’s a huge improvement.
Incase you’re wondering, and many people have asked this, how the hell did we do this with a toddler around? The answer is, we didn’t! We did it once he was in bed which is why the project took so long. However, I’m sure you’ll agree, it was worth the wait.