In a world of muted colors and clean, bright white spaces, we aren't afraid of a little boldness.
This easy DIY tile stencil project was not only so satisfying to see come to life, but it gave the entry way the POP it needed!
Follow along as we break down each step for you to tackle this proejct on your own!
What You'll Need
Behr (or any brand) exterior paint
Painting set (roller, small roller, paint pan)
Paint brush extender
Step 1: Prep Surface
To prep your surface, use a deck brush and a concrete prep solution, depending on the surface you are working on, the solution needed may vary. I used 1 part solution to 3 parts water and then let the solution sit for about 10 minutes for best results. Now it's time to brush away any old residue (dirt, rocks, etc.).
Put some muscle into it to ensure a clean and smooth surface to work with!
*Let the tile completely dry before moving on to step two!
Step 2: Paint Grout Lines
Paint all of the grout lines with your exterior paint using a thick paint brush to map out the squares for your template. It is easier to get the grout lines with a paintbrush than the large roller.
Step 3: Paint Concrete
With your paint pan, roller, and extender, start applying the concrete paint to all of the tiles. Make sure to start from the back and move your way towards the front, this is so you don’t get stuck!
Depending on your coverage, you may need to apply 2 to 3 coats to your surface letting the paint dry for about 30 minutes between each coat.
*Let the final coat of paint dry for several hours or overnight before applying the stencil.
Step 4: Stencil Concrete
Tape the stencil down onto one square of tile at a time, making sure the stencil is straight and centered. The key to good stenciling is applying very little paint over the stencil, this prevents the paint from seeping under the stencil and bleeding onto the tile. A small foam roller works best for this.
After rolling your roller into the paint pan, be sure to roll off any excess paint onto a piece of paper before applying it to your stencil. The great thing about concrete paint is if you happen to mess up your stencil, you most likely will be able to wipe it off right away so keep a damp paper towel or cloth nearby!
*Once you have completed stenciling, allow the paint to dry for several hours.
Pro Tip: make sure you do not tape your stencil onto the very next tile adjacent to where you just painted, otherwise your paint may still be wet and could mess up your design! I found it helped to jump around in a pattern giving myself plenty of room while I was letting the stenciled tiles dry.
Step 5: Seal Concrete
With a new paint pan and roller, apply the concrete sealer. This will seal in the color and eliminate chipping, peeling, and overall wear and tear.
Voila! Your hard work and patience has left you with a unique and bold statement to enjoy
for years on end! We hope you love your finished product and would love to see your new addition!
Tag us on Instagram @beckmannhouse to share your results with us.
Happy Stenciling friends!