DIY Star-Stenciled Floor
Revive tired wood flooring and inject detail into a room with a cottage-perfect paint treatment.
To begin, choose a star motif and draw it on tracing paper. Place the paper over a square of Mylar and use a utility knife to cut the shape out. Prep your floor with a hand sander to remove any old paint or finishes and create a surface the primer and paint will adhere to. Next, apply a coat of primer, let dry, then apply the colour (use glossy, oil or latex). Use two coats for a rich look. After letting the paint dry, begin stencilling. We placed the stars approximately 6" apart in relatively straight lines. Don't worry if the paint bleeds a bit--it will add to the charm.
TIP: Paint a thick white band around the area; it contains the pattern and helps deliver the effect of an area rug.