Geometric Stenciled Floor

Painted Floor DIY    Hi, it’s Sarah Sherman Samuel here again from, Smitten Studio & A Sunny Afternoon, with another fun DIY. I wanted to spruce up the flooring in my new studio (dreaming I had the funds to install beautiful cement tile like these), and I realized the least expensive and biggest impact would come with painting the existing tile. I wanted the floors to have some personality but not compete with all the patterns I create for my A Sunny Afternoon products, so I came up with the floor design to compliment a couple of my favorite prints (like here and here).Painted Floor DIY

Supplies needed for this are: 1. paint roller 2. 2″-3″ paint brush 3. floor paint, I used this one in white. 4. poster board 5. Xacto knife 6. 1″ foam brush

I started with prepping the floor by cleaning it thoroughly making sure to let it dry before beginning to paint. I then cut in the edges with a paint brush and rolled the paint onto the rest of the floor.

It took me two coats of paint, one Saturday morning, and a fantastic shoulder workout to fully cover the dark tile.Painted Floor DIY  To create the stencil I printed out a triangle that I made in Adobe Illustrator and then placed it on top of a piece of this poster board (you could probably just as easily draw a simple triangle). Holding the paper and poster board down with one hand I cut the triangle out with an Xacto knife, tracing over the printed triangle. To use the stencil I held it flat against the ground and dabbed a small foam brush to apply the paint. You only need a little bit of paint on the brush so I’d recommend blotting it on some scrap cardboard before bringing your brush to the floor. If you have too much paint it can seep under the stencil and give you a globby triangle.Painted Floor DIY

The best part about this floor is there’s no measuring! I wanted it to look random so I just placed the stencil wherever I felt like it, making sure to tilt and turn it so that all he triangles didn’t end up facing the same way.

Once I had all the dark triangles down I mixed in a few metallic gold ones to give it a little more dimension. The gold paint I used is just craft paint so I am not banking on the fact that it will last forever, but it isn’t a high traffic area and even if it eventually gets scuffed up I wouldn’t mind. I would not recommend using that type of paint for this in large amounts or high traffic areas. If you want the best long term results, I would say stick with the floor paint.

Painted Floor DIY abeautifulmess.comAnd that’s it! These little triangles will definitely put an extra skip in my step while I’m at the office. Would you, or have any of you, tried painting a floor?  xo  Sarah

Credits // Author & Photography: Sarah Sherman Samuel

  • I love this random design, the triangles and the gold, so effective yet so simple.
    Can you tell me what size the triangles are and how long the floor lasted.

  • Love the textures. I was also thinking to decorate my home like this after seeing this designs.

  • I am adding this to my “have to do at our next house” list! What a great idea!

  • We painted my brother’s bedroom floor when we removed the carpet. We just went with a brown because he had so much else going on in the room, but this is awesome! I am definitely inspired!

  • Amaaaaazebaaaaaalls!! What an improvement! Love how it subtly compliments the other gold elements in the room <3 Good flow here, and a great focal point! x

  • Painted floors make me so nervous because I had a bad experience with a chippy basement one…but this is gorgeous!! 🙂 Love the little pattern!

  • Would the floor paint work on concrete flooring (indoors)? I don’t want to deal with pealing paint every few years but I LOVE this idea!

  • Love it Sarah – a nice and simple way to liven up a tile floor.

    – Kevin

  • Do you think this would work over peel & stick tile? It looks similar to mine, but I was afraid of the result with the seams…

  • This is a great idea for a floor! The bloggers over at Young House Love recently stenciled one of their floors and they went over it with a coat of some sort of sealer afterwards. Did you guys do that too?


  • That is a great idea to use contact paper! I rent a small place and really wanted a blackboard wall, but couldn’t commit to paint. Instead I used blackboard contact sheets to cover our old (and gross colored) fridge. It was the perfect compromise!

  • Very cool! It’s funny because I just got a funky cake plate that has the same triangular kind of pattern on it. You can see it here:


  • This looks awesome and I HATE to be a buzzkill, but painting your floor like this is NOT sustainable long-term. The never-ending list of every day wear & tear and traffic across your floor does really limits the life and vibrancy of painting your floor. Pets, furniture, oils from feet/skin, material, etc etc will scuff, dull the color, and eventually turn your white floors a murky shade of yellow, regardless of the method and frequency of which you clean the floor. My career has allowed me to try a version of this very tutorial, and variations of others, several times and the result is always the same. It’s a fun and vibrant look, but please just be prepared for multiple “refreshers” to your floor as you go!

  • This is so cute! I love how it brightened up the room. I painted our bedroom floor this summer. Lots of work but worth it. Thank you for sharing!

  • a small, inexpensive project with such a big (and awesome!) impact!!

    high five, my dear.

  • The floor looks so cute. I love thrifty DIY’s, to spruce up a space until you have the budget to do exactly what you want. So creative and really lovely.


  • This looks so cool! I love the randomness of the pattern. That gold wall mirror is amazing, too!

    xo, Michelle

  • I’ve never done anything like that, I would still be worried of the paint coming off, but it looks great!

  • I love this SO much!

    Just transformed my home office and used triangles on the wall – so much fun.

    Gorgeous mirror by the way.


  • Love the texture. It looks very beautiful just like a professional job done on floors.. Wish I could do this at my home but we have multicolor tiles and its dark 🙁
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  • this looks so good! I never knoew you could DIY floors!

  • AMAZING! What a cool way to spruce up a room 🙂
    Mlle C.

  • Great inspiration and I love that mirror like a sun. Is amazing. I would like to know how I can do it, Thx.

  • Eek! Sarah, this is super cute. I love it! What a great “after”, and yes that mirror is also awesome.

  • I’m in the process of switching up my kitchen floors and this is the best idea! Thanks!

  • What a fun idea! Love the look of painted white floors and the triangles are the perfect addition.

  • Hmm I like the idea of stencils on the floor. And that mirror is super cute, Love it!

    Whimsical Allure

  • Really cute! I don’t know if I’d have the lady-balls to put paint on my floor, but it is definitely cute!

  • Would this floor paint work for laminate flooring? If not, do you know of any product that does?

    Thank for the advice in advance xx

  • This I so, so cool, I really like the random placement of the triangles and the unexpected gold. I bet it feels a lot lighter than the dark floor tiles too

  • It looks so lovely! If I didn’t already have my beautiful, rustic wooden floor I would certainly give it a go.

  • That’s so awesome! If I didn’t live in a rented apartment, I would do this in my living room, except with stars. 🙂

  • Shut the front, back, and garage doors. THIS IS PERFECT. I love everything about it! It’s like someone dumped a bunch of giant confetti on the floor so there’s a party 24/7!


  • Love it!

    And I especially love, love, love the mirror!

    Love from Germany and a little weekend review:


  • I really like this! I think to make it even easier you could just cut out triangles from contact paper and stick them on. Then they could be removed if you wanted.

  • Just curious what makes floor paint, floor paint? Is this just specific for tile or do you think it would adhere to linoleum?

  • I wish I could do that too, but I am renting my house and such changes I think will not appreciated by the owner and the dark wooden floors of the house 🙂

    tsiou, from in

  • That is such an amazing floor! Wish I had the space for it.


  • OK, so where is that awesome mirror from, and what about that couch and chair?! The floor is cool, but its all the other decor items I noticed!

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