Oh floor, how I love thee. Painted tile!


My master bathroom makeover sort of happened on a whim. I was staring at it from my bed thinking, ‘Wow. That is just HIDEOUS. I really should redo everything.’ And literally that day I started to brainstorm ways to update each part. I have patience issues, so when an idea pops into my head, it MUST happen somehow. I knew that if I thought about it long enough, I would surely come up with ideas that wouldn’t break the bank. Probably my biggest job to tackle was the floor. I considered installing new tile myself, over the gorgeous pinky salmon delight we already had (barf). But, honestly that just sounded like a lot of work having to cut tiles to fit around the many little corners I have. Also, I didn’t want just some generic Home Depot tile that everyone has. I needed some personality up in here! Once I discovered that it is possible to PAINT tile, I knew this was the perfect option for me. I must admit, it scared the living daylights outta me to attempt this. I love DIY… but no one wants their master bathroom looking like a DIY project. When I told my husband this was my plan, I’m pretty sure he thought I was totally insane, and was likely thinking of what flooring to cover it with after I finished.

Here is how I went about making our floor SO amaze! These are the items you will need (affiliate links are included)—->

(Also, if you are searching for this light fixture, you can find it HERE)
First off, be sure to clean your floor very well prior to painting. Any residue left behind on the floor will not allow the primer to adhere properly, which means your hard work won’t last. After your floor is swept and scrubbed and completely dry, apply 1-2 coats of your primer with your paint roller. I had to squish the roller vertically into my grout lines to get the paint in there. You may also do your grout lines first with a paint brush and then roll over the area. I just thought this was easier and worked great for me. I only applied one coat. I felt that it covered very well, but if you would like that extra protective coating, by all means do another!

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Even just priming my floor gave me so much joy, because I never had to look at that pink tile ever again! Yes!! I mean, do you SEE this bathroom pre-update?? Cringe.

I waited half the day to paint over the primer. It dries fairly quickly (good for my patience issues).  Next step was to paint the base color. When I began my bathroom makeover, I started from the top and worked my way down (which I don’t only recommend for you, I demand you do that too!) That way I had less of a chance to mess things up. I painted the entire bathroom first. Ceiling and all. The color I chose was Dove White, by Benjamin Moore. Very nice, soft white. (great for south facing, super sunny rooms)… I say this to tell you I color matched my paint for the floor to match my walls.  Yes, you can do that! The paint I went with was an outdoor Porch and Patio paint by Behr. I wanted something very durable, that is meant to hold up to moisture and traffic. This seemed like a perfect choice! it’s available in a low-lustre, so it’s not shiny at all. I applied one coat of the paint and then some touching up after it dried. It looked so great. This paint is self-leveling, so it goes on smooth and pretty.

8fb9e594-7655-46b7-8c7f-cb51aad77dd0_1000Once this had dried very well.. I believe I waited 24 hours, I got out my absolutely amazing stencil from Royal Design Studio. It creates a big flowing pattern, so it almost eliminates the choppy feel of tile. I also color matched the paint for my pattern with Rainwashed by Sherwin Williams. Love!

I suggest beginning from the top-center of your floor. The stencil comes with a “ceiling piece” that will finish the gap in between the original stencil and the cabinet.

img_5253Now, wait a second! Don’t just go rolling away with that paint! Grab a small stencil roller, and a tray or something with paper towels in it. Roll off a LOT of the excess paint each time before painting. You would rather do 2,500 coats to your stencil, then have a runny mess when you lift that thing up. Your grout lines will remain white, but that’s ok! Do NOT do what I had attempted at first, and Leonardo Da Vinci the pattern by HAND in between the grout lines! No one cares that the grout lines are white, not even you! Believe me! Ha… I’m nuts, seriously. Who even does that?

img_5298You will need to wait maybe 10 minutes in between each stencil, or move to another spot that doesn’t directly touch your previous spot. Again, we don’t want a mess. Doesn’t it make you so giddy to see this transforming??  Now you think this looks like a piece of cake, right? Well, when you get to the little corners and edges where you cannot place the entire stencil flat, it gets tricky. I had my stencil in some strange positions for sure.

img_5305Going around corners takes some figuring out, but the material will bend whichever way you need it to. Just secure the area you’re painting with tape and bend the remaining parts of the stencil to accommodate that section.

**I want to add a side note. DO NOT BUY A CHEAP STENCIL. You  want a nice, thick stencil for a project this size. A thin stencil will loose shape and run. This stencil I used was thick and very well made. It will last your entire project and then some! HERE is the stencil I used.

Another great thing about using such a busy pattern, is that It’s very forgiving. If part of the shape doesn’t turn out quite right, it’s so hard to tell. You really would have to examine the spot to find something that isn’t perfect.

This project takes a little time and patience, but it’s so very worth the end result! Especially when you see your husband’s expression.. and he realizes how fabulous you are. And, no, you did not destroy the bathroom. You ROCK.

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Coming soon! Learn how I refinished my bathroom countertops for 25 bucks! As well as how I made the frame for my mirror.

** You can find this gorgeous light fixture HERE

You can find the faucet to match HERE





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  • Reply candra

    Oh my goodness! It’s gorgeous! Great job lady!

    October 21, 2016 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply candra

    Can you post a pic of the small stencil roller?

    October 21, 2016 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply candra

    Thank you!!

    October 22, 2016 at 12:18 am
  • Reply Hayley Jordan

    Could you post the link to the stencil you used? I looked for it on Royal Design Studio’s but I couldn’t find it. It’s gorgeous!

    November 12, 2016 at 7:29 pm
  • Reply Royal Design Studio

    Hi Kelly! LOVE your new stenciled floor! It brightens up the entire room without being blah white! Would you mind if we shared your pics and how you did it on our blog and credit links to you? All of our readers would love to see it!

    November 15, 2016 at 11:27 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Absolutely! I would love that 😃 Thank you for the gorgeous stencil. Let me know what I can do to help!

      November 18, 2016 at 4:04 am
  • Reply Holley

    Did you do any type of poly top coat? Looks amazing!

    December 20, 2016 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      I’m so sorry I just saw your question! No, I didn’t use any top coat. Since the paint is an outdoor paint, made for high traffic and wet areas- I didn’t believe it was necessary. I think it will hold up great. My son is always running around all over it and there’s no signs of any issues. Very durable. I think a top coat would be a great option as well if some extra protection would give you peace of mind 😊

      December 26, 2016 at 4:57 am
  • Reply Jodi

    Would this work on vinyl. Ya think?

    January 16, 2017 at 7:30 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Jodi,
      Yes, I don’t see why not! I would try to stick to the outdoor porch and patio paint I used, for the extra durability. Let me know how it goes if you decide to try!

      January 16, 2017 at 11:45 pm
  • Reply Marie

    This turned out just beautiful. I’m waiting for my stencil to arrive in the mail so I can do our kitchen floor. Can I ask how your floor has held up so far?

    January 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you so much Marie!
      It has held up beautifully. We walk all over it daily and our kids are always getting crazy on it, each night at bath time and no signs at all of any issues. Good luck with your kitchen! I would love to see your results.

      January 27, 2017 at 8:41 pm
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    February 11, 2017 at 3:54 am
  • Reply Carolyn Ellis

    what kind of cleaner do you use one the floor.

    February 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Carolyn,

      I actually just use a mild soap and water after sweeping. I like to keep things simple. Occasionally a swiffer spray as well 🙂

      February 14, 2017 at 3:30 am
  • Reply Andrea

    I have a white tile floor that I would like to stencil. Do I need to put down a primer before stencil

    March 3, 2017 at 11:18 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Andrea,
      If your floor is already white, and you like the color as-is, you can just go ahead and stencil on top of the existing floor. That will save you a ton of time!

      March 5, 2017 at 7:23 pm
      • Reply Amanda

        I think the paint would possibly come off without a primer but I am not 100% sure. I have been looking this up for a bit and I would be nervous about the paint chipping and so on. A Home Depot or other hardware store employee may be good to ask.

        April 20, 2017 at 2:51 pm
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    It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable people about this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!

    March 28, 2017 at 12:04 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Thank you so much. That is such a nice complement!



      March 28, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Jenni Jeffers

    Hi Kelly! I jumped the gun and went ahead and primed and painted my bathroom floors and went to begin stenciling before realizing that my tiles are staggered and not in a line with each other. Help – not sure how to lay out my stencil based on this issue?? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Jenni Jeffers

    April 3, 2017 at 6:52 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Jenni!
      That’s great! If you’re using the same stencil as I did- Don’t worry about your tile being laid in a different style. That’s what is so nice about the all over pattern of the stencil I used. You aren’t placing it in each square, you’re basically covering the whole area and the tile lines almost disappear. Just ignore your tile lines, pretend it’s a flat surface.
      Hope this makes sense!

      April 3, 2017 at 8:09 am
      • Reply Jenni

        it makes great sense but i am not using the same stencil – i purchased mine at Michaels – will that make any difference? You made your stencil correct? Thanks for the advice!! FYI – starting following you IG!! you have an amazing home with a spectacular view!!! FYI – i am @thelittlemendedtable on IG! thanks for your kind help – i will keep you posted.

        April 3, 2017 at 8:18 am
        • Reply Kelly

          If it’s an all over pattern and not a stencil that you are placing directly into each square, than it will work great. A stencil for individual squares may not work in your case.
          Thank you for your complements!

          April 3, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Kerstin

    What paint color did you use for the stencil?

    April 6, 2017 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Kerstin

    Oh nevermind I see you said rain washed. Another question. We don’t have a vanity to paint for more visual interest, rather just a white porcelain sink. Did you leave your walls and trim white? I’m wanting to. Asicslly cooy your floor but trying to figure out how to bring more interest to my bathroom so it’s not too much white. We just moved and right now it is a horrid olive green color and oak trim and tan tile floor. I was going to stencil the floor and paint the trim white but them got stumped on the wall color. Ideas?

    April 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Kerstin!
      I painted my walls in Dove White, just like the floor. I used a satin finish for the walls, and everything blends together so nicely. I personally love the look of white walls in a bathroom. Makes it look so fresh! If you use a fun color for your stencil, you will have more than enough color with the walls being white! Maybe just add a little art piece on the wall, or switch out your vanity mirror for a pretty round one?
      Just ideas! Good luck, I would love to see what you decide to do!



      April 7, 2017 at 9:18 am
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    April 12, 2017 at 11:55 am
  • Reply Jenn

    Hi Kelly, how did you frame the mirror? Did you make this frame or purchase it? I love the way you covered the original house builders grade mirror.


    April 13, 2017 at 4:22 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Jenn!
      Thank you! I actually have a post about the mirror frame, with easy steps to make it =)


      April 13, 2017 at 8:28 am
      • Reply Jenn

        I did some digging and found that after I sent you the message. Sorry about that, but thank you for responding. Love your stuff!

        April 13, 2017 at 9:56 am
        • Reply Kelly

          Thank you so much!

          April 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm
  • Reply Sher

    I really like the framed mirror. Where did you get it or if DYI how did you do it?
    Thanks so much!

    April 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    Your last comment on how it was holding up was in January so I am just checking back to make sure it is still holding up well. It’s beautiful but I just want to make sure it will hold up before I do this to my floor. Thank you

    April 17, 2017 at 1:51 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Brooke,

      Yes! It’s still looking great! I believe the type of paint you use is key. Good Luck


      April 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm
  • Reply Alison

    I did it! And the results are fabulous! Now to tackle the rest of the bathroom! Thank you so much!

    April 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      So happy to hear that! Yay

      April 26, 2017 at 8:30 am
  • Reply Tina

    After you’ve stenciled did you have to seal it with something ? What protects the paint from being removed while cleaning ?

    May 1, 2017 at 3:00 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Tina,
      I didn’t seal it with anything. It has held up great and I have no problem with cleaning. I would use a mild cleaner for the floor. The type of paint I used is specifically for outdoor, high traffic areas, so it’s very durable.


      May 1, 2017 at 11:50 am
  • Reply lore

    Did you find that the floor is slippery when wet? The paint can says it could be slippery.

    May 5, 2017 at 4:32 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Oh really? I didn’t notice that it said that. No not at all. Actually I find it more of a matte feel than the tile was before.

      May 5, 2017 at 7:03 pm
  • Reply Melinda Dooley

    I have white small tiles that are shiney and look like they have a glaze, just making sure I can paint these.

    May 19, 2017 at 9:08 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi! I’m not totally sure if there would be any issues with the paint adhering to a glossy tile. You may want to look into the paint information and see if there are any surfaces you shouldn’t use it on. I would think it should not be a problem, but I’m also not an expert. Good luck!!

      May 19, 2017 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Brittany

    What color paint and brand did you paint the cabinets??

    July 8, 2017 at 6:09 pm
  • Reply Nikki

    Hello not sure if it was listed but could you give me the information on the color and type of paint you used for the cabinets of the vanity

    August 8, 2017 at 8:51 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Nikki!
      I have this information in my blog post about refinishing the bathroom cabinet. Although, I am in the process currently of rewriting it based on my experience with the paint I used. I would now recommend using the Benjamin Moore Advance Line. It’s AMAZING paint. I used it in our kitchen, too. Unfortunately I can’t tell you the paint color because the original color was a spray paint that I had just color matched to look the same.
      Please refer to my kitchen cabinet post for refinishing ideas- and my new cabinet post should be up this coming week! ❤️❤️

      August 12, 2017 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    I am just starting my project. Do you find that the floors are sticky? I painted the white yesterday and let it dry overnight. I just walked in there and it feels tacky. Hoping that feeling goes away over time. Thanks for all of the good info! Can’t wait to finish my project!

    August 12, 2017 at 7:01 am
    • Reply Kelly

      How exciting! They aren’t sticky at all. I actually think they have a more matte texture than my tile had before. I love the way they feel now. I’m thinking you haven’t waited long enough, give it a few days of drying time ❤️

      August 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm
      • Reply Brooke

        My floors finally dried and aren’t sticky anymore! My stencil came in today and I can’t wait to finish up!

        August 18, 2017 at 9:41 am
        • Reply Kelly

          That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see your results 😍 (if you’ll share) 😉

          August 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Jane

    This is the blog post I’ve been waiting for. I’ve been wanting to paint the file flooring in my vacation rental beachside apartment but have been worried about the tile lines. I thought I’d need a stencil that fit exactly inside the tile lines. Your advice relieved me hugely (you said: Just ignore your tile lines, pretend it’s a flat surface.
    Hope this makes sense!) Yes, this does make sense, thank you! I also think the pattern of stencil you used is ideal as it’s busy enough to hide any uneven-tile issues. Great work you did! My apartment is 1100 s.f. so it’s a big undertaking but I’m up for it during my off-season. Thx!

    August 18, 2017 at 5:32 am
    • Reply Kelly

      I am so happy I could help!! I would love to see your results when you finish! Or maybe I’ll just need to go visit this lovely beachside rental 😉
      Good luck!



      August 18, 2017 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Elvira Y Zamora

    This looks absolutely amazing… Wow! I was curious to know what exact color did you use for your vanity?

    August 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Elvira

    This looks absolutely amazing… Wow! I was curious to know what exact color did you use for your vanity?

    August 18, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi Elvira! I don’t have a name for the vanity color since I have refinished it. I had it color matched, so it has no name! I’m so sorry!

      August 23, 2017 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply aurora braccio

    Wuaoh wuaoh !!! Grazie mille per le tue pubblicazioni, mi metterò all’opera.

    September 5, 2017 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply Jamie L

    I absolutely love it! I wish you lived local so I could convince you to help me! 😉 do you seal this with anything f after painting the stencil??

    September 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      Haha, I’d love to come help! I didn’t seal it with anything. It’s holding up great!

      September 10, 2017 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Jodi

    Hi Kelly, did you do anything to your countertop? I love the white and want to redo my bathroom, but feel stumped because my counters are off white/ivory. Thanks!

    September 12, 2017 at 12:35 pm
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      Thank you for the feature!! Love the article

      October 15, 2017 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Laura

    Alright, I LOVE this! You’ve convinced me to just do it. It’s been a while since your last comment on how everything is holding up. Specifically, has it scuffed or scratched or chipped off at all? Do you have any pets? My biggest concern is that we have a dog. We keep her nails trimmed short and cut them weekly, but still wondering if you’ve had comparable “wear and tear”. I.e., have your kiddos dropped toys on the floor? Have you walked on it with shoes or heels on? Just curious about how it holds up against more than just bare feet. Any thoughts are so appreciated!!! I can’t wait to try this!

    October 15, 2017 at 10:43 am
    • Reply Kelly

      That’s great! You should! It’s holding up awesome. We are running around in there a lot with the kids and bath times. Yes I wear heels in there and we dance. Lol. Our dog doesn’t spend much time in there, she avoids bathrooms like the plague for fear of getting a bath. I still to this day, recommend my method and products. Would love to see your results!

      October 15, 2017 at 6:57 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Hi I love this post and am currently doing my own bathroom based on this concept. Can you clarify one thing? You applied the primer and THEN used the white floor and patio paint? And afterwards used the light blue paint for the stencil? Was the blue paint floor and patio as well? I’ve heard different techniques that would use chalk paint and I’m trying to get the most durable option. Thank you in advance!!!

    November 5, 2017 at 4:36 am
    • Reply Kelly

      The paint I used for the stencil was also the Floor and Patio paint. I have also heard of using chalk paint, but I cannot say how that technique would hold up in comparison. What I do know about chalk paint, is that it is very fragile and always has to be covered in a protective top coat. The technique I used, did not require a top coat. Of course, I recommend this method, but I would absolutely do your research regarding the chalk paint.

      November 5, 2017 at 12:22 pm
      • Reply Michelle

        Thanks! I’m actually going to go with the same porch and patio paint as you did. I’m nervous as heck about doing this stencil. My bathroom is a different layout from yours. It’s on the long side and I was planning on starting from the middle and coming down – so the stencil is being placed vertically. But now I see you started by your cabinet- which would mean I would place the stencil horizontally. What would you recommend? I wish I could upload a picture so you could see. I’m having anxiety about this part and don’t want to mess up – ah!!!

        November 10, 2017 at 12:42 am
        • Reply Kelly

          Why don’t you send me a picture of your room and the stencil and I’ll try to help you out!


          November 10, 2017 at 8:17 am
          • Michelle

            Sent! Thank you!

            November 10, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Kath

    Hi Kelly, there are special tile paints on the market (in Australia), why didn’t you use something specifically for tiles, or couldn’t you find anything? Just wondering if what you used is better than tile paints!!!
    Thanks so much for the blog.

    November 27, 2017 at 6:23 am
    • Reply Kelly

      Hi there! Well, that’s a great question! I haven’t seen any paints that are specifically for painting over tile. What is the brand that you have in Australia? Check to see whether it is for high-traffic areas, and areas with moisture. That is how I ultimately chose my type of paint.

      November 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm
  • Reply TiffanyEM

    Hi Kelly,
    What type of roller did you use for your primer and top coat? Was wondering if there was a type of roller that would provide a smoother surface vs. a textured look? Thanks so much!

    December 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm
    • Reply Kelly

      I used a regular, full sized roller that would would paint a wall with. If you purchase a smooth/semi-smooth roller you’ll be good!


      December 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

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