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June 23, 2011
DIY Star-Stenciled Floor
Consider the floor a blank canvas and use it to inject detail into a room. Here, a deep earthy brown serves as the background for a constellation of bright white eight-point stars, evoking a clear night sky. A thick white banding contains the pattern and helps to deliver the effect of an area rug.
Materials and Tools
- Tracing paper
- Utility knife
- Sand paper
- Paint (use glossy, oil or latex)
- Paint roller
Step 1: Make a stencil
Decide on a motif — we used an eight-point star inspired by Farrow & Ball’s Brockhampton Star wallpaper — then draw it on tracing paper. Place the paper over a square of Mylar. Use a utility knife to cut the shape out.
Step 2: Prep your floor
Using a hand sander, remove any old paint or finishes to create a surface the primer and paint will adhere to.
Step 3: Prime and paint
Apply a coat of primer, let dry, then apply the colour (use glossy, oil or latex). For this effect, we wanted a rich look, so we used two coats of our brown base colour. Let dry.
Step 4: Start stenciling
Draw up a plan for where the stencil marks will go or simply eyeball their placement. We placed the stars approximately 6″ apart in relatively straight lines. If the paint bleeds a bit, it will add to the charm.
Paint, Artisan Brown (71YR 08/119A), Drifting Snow (10BB 83/014 W/B), CIL.