Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Painted and stenciled bathroom floor tile

 Hi everyone! Welcome to Part 2 of my main bathroom mini remodel. If you missed yesterday's post about the bathtub and shower tile surround remodel you can scroll down or check it out HERE.

As I mentioned yesterday, this all started with a minor accident in the shower which led to redoing the tile. Once the tile was complete I realized the tile was white based with cool gray veining AND my old tile floors were circa 2004 with warm beige! I looked into the cost of pulling up the floor and doing new tile, but it was not cheap and my contractor was pretty booked out. So I did some research and decided to give painting and stenciling a go!

I mean I stencil on cards, same concept right?!? lol!

Here is what my floor looked like before -you can see I had already begun the paint swatching. As I was looking at stencil designs, I noticed all the inspiration photos had tiles with a clean straight layout. 

Mine is a 50% lay which complicated things. It ruled out MANY stencils as they were all flourish-y that continued and repeated from the corners onto the next tile. After some more searching I found a star type stencil that repeats on the 50%! Yay! Oh and have I mentioned my 2 teen boys share this bathroom -they wanted the frilly stuff to a minimum so this Supernova Tile Stencil was the winner! You can find it and a ton of amazing stencils at Royal Design Studio Stencils

Once I decided on the stencil I had to figure out what kind of paint and colors to go with. After reading reviews I decided to go with the tile paint kit from Rust-oleum Home Floor Coating. This system has 2 steps (a base and then top coat) and is durable enough for bathrooms AND it was in stock at Home Depot. The kit comes with a quart of white base, quart of clear matte top coat (you can also get it in glossy) and a bottle of floor cleaner. For my stencil, I picked up a quart of Icy Gray (they have several gray colors to pick from and they run about $20 so if it was the wrong gray I would get another. But Icy Gray ended up being the perfect shade to coordinate with the shower tile! 

Now design choices -do I paint a WHITE base with GRAY stenciling or do I go with a GRAY base with WHITE stenciling?!? I tested each out way on a piece of cardboard and decided to paint the floor white and use Icy Gray for the stencil. 

The prep work for the floors is not fun, you need to make sure everything is completely clean of everything and all hairs are off the ground. I shed hair with about every step I take, so I was careful to pull my hair back! Cleaning the floor from fuzz and hair was a constant battle with every step of the process. Sometimes I would turn around and there would be little things all over the floor -like HOW? Drove me nuts.

I started out stenciling the full tiles first and then I (gulp) cut the stencil in half and used the smaller pieces to stencil the cut tiles around the toilet and walls. In hind sight I should have bought 2, one stencil to keep whole and one to cut. The absolute worst was stenciling around the toilet. Let's just say I got up close and personal with every inch of that toilet. If it's possible, I suggest removing the toilet first, but we didn't want to hassle with it. Again, in hindsight, I would definitely remove it! My back, neck, shoulders and legs were sore for days!!

When it comes to stenciling uneven tile, I should note that there WILL BE some paint bleeding no way to get around it. I spent a full day laying on my tummy doing touch ups with both the gray and white colors to get it as clean as I could. In the end I embraced some imperfections. All part of a stenciled floor charm.

Each step (base, stencil, stencil touch ups and 2 top coats) took a day to paint and another day to dry. So know going into this project it will be almost a week before it's ready to fully use.

And here is the result! I absolutely love it! You barely notice the floor is a 50% lay and the pattern just flows throughout! I had a hard time deciding on a wall color. I tested out 4 grays, a white, 3 greens and 3 blue shades. I ended up going with Silver Fox by Valspar. It is a blue gray and perfect for this room!!

Well what do you think? Is this something you'd ever try? I think it was worth all the work and really compliments my new tub surround tile! I tried to be thorough with everything I used, but if you have any questions send me an email and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Bathtub and shower combo tile remodel

 Hi everyone! So after a minor accident in the main bathroom shower tore off the soap dish and left a gaping hole in the tile (you can see in the pic below covered with a Fred Meyer plastic bag, lol!), I decided it was time to remodel the bathroom. Yes, the shower tile was original to the house built in 1974 -so it was long overdue!

And.... as these things tend to do, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was knee deep in stenciling the floor tile as well! Stay tuned for the next blog post that will document that entire process!

When I was looking through Pinterest for inspiration I realized that many people who post remodels pictures don't put out enough information. Like I want to know ALL THE DETAILS down to the color of grout, am I right?!? lol! So I wanted to make a blog post that outlined everything I chose, with lots of pictures. We all love a great AFTER pic!! 

I'll try to be complete, but if you have any questions please email me and I will get back to you.

So here is the shower before -isn't it a beauty? I've seen worse, which is probably why I lived with this for 17 years! I forgot to take before pics until after I taped off where I wanted the custom niches to go.

And here are the AFTER pics.
Everything was purchased at Home Depot and here are the details:

Shower field tile: Home Decorators Collection, Kolasus matte 12x24

Grout color: Platinum

Shower curtain rod: Moen adjustable tension rod 

Bathtub fixtures: Moen Darcy collection

One of the hardest decisions was deciding on a tile layout. There are many ways to lay field tile, but after deciding on the 12x24 I thought a simple 50% lay would be the cleanest. After holding up tiles against the wall, I decided to set the tile to be a full 12" at the tub level which meant the 1/2 tile cut was at the ceiling. I think this gives it the look of trim. Also, this tile is an inexpensive bare bones tile collection and does not come with coordinating bull nose tile. So I had the tile run up to and cut flush with the side wall and then ran the wall paint over the edge giving it a clean look. You can see this on the second to the last pic.

I went with 2 shower niches as both my teen boys share this shower and now each of them have their own products and a way to keep everything separate. The shelf that came with the niches is pretty thick and after tiling it would take up over 2 " of space, so we made a tile sandwich for the shelf. Now the jumbo shampoo type bottles fit! These turned out great and everyone is happy!

I love how the shower turned out and stay tuned tomorrow and I'll share the process of painting/stenciling the floor tile!!

Sunday, February 28, 2021

White daffodil hexagon card

Hi everyone! I'm back on the Stamp Simply blog with this hexagon shaped card using the white daffodils image I colored last week. I just love how simple and pretty this card turned out. 

If you haven't had the chance to pop over to check out Stamp Simply's Easter and Baptism mini release, be sure to do so! I haven't had a chance to ink up the adorable Easter bunny, but it's on my list!

I used an older FSJ striped embossing folder for a bit of texture, but I tried out several embossed patterns and they ALL looked great as the backdrop for the daffodils. These are just that pretty! I kept things quick and easy with a touch of 1/4" silk ribbon, some shiny silk splatter and a few gems.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


Sunday, February 21, 2021

Stamp Simply Easter and Baptism mini release

Hi everyone! Today I am helping to introduce the new Stamp Simply Clear Stamps Easter mini release! This release has 3 stamp sets He Lives, Easter is for Jesus and the much requested sentiment only set called Baptism, Dedication, Confirmation, Communion!

Click here to check out all 3 new sets and dies!

My cards uses the lovely daffodils image from the He Lives set. This card is almost a single layer! I colored the daffodils in yellow, drew in the frame and accent dots and matted it to a piece of patterned paper. I love how this is flat and easy to mail!

Next I colored the daffodils white! White flowers can be tricky. The key is to use some grays and maybe a few other light colors to create shading. I haven't made this into a card yet, but here are the colors I used for shading the daffodil petals.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Here's a close up picture.

Supplies used:

SSCS He Lives Stamp set

Craft Consortium Bright Blooms 6x6 pad

Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Copic Markers

Pigma Micron 05 pen in black and ruler for lines

Black/White bakers twine

Monday, February 8, 2021

Pinkfresh Studio layering stencils

Hi everyone! One good thing about taking a break from crafting is when you come back you get to discover some new fun products! I recently discovered the layering floral stencils from Pink Fresh Studio and I'm not looking back!

These are genius for crafters who don't color images OR don't have the time or energy to color. The stencils are numbered and have alignment marks which makes them super easy to use. Just remember to stencil your colors from light to dark and the stencils do the work for you!!

First up is a card using the stunning Daisy Wreath stencil set and some of my favorite Catherine Pooler ink colors. The card front is die cut from their Slimline Stitches die and I added a few strips of silver washi tape I had in my stash from years ago. The sentiment is from Stamp Simply's Farmhouse Simple Sentiments.

Next is a set of cards using the Garden Florals stencil set. These use my favorite ink colors from both Catherine Pooler and Gina K! I added a touch of stickles on the flowers, but next time I will stencil in some versamark ink and emboss with some glitter powder -how pretty that will be.

What about you? Have you tried the layering stencils yet? Are you in LOVE?!?  Am I just late to the stencil party? LOL!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!