Take to the floor
The floor isn’t just a surface to walk on – it can also be a canvas on which to unleash your creativity!
By Lisa Spaarwater of Lemon & Lilac Paint Techniques
Photographs Francois Oberholster
You will need
• Annie Sloan paint (we used the colours Annie Sloan Versailles and Annie Sloan Provence; 1 litre covers 13m2)
• brush or sponge roller for painting the base coat
• small sponge roller for the stencilling
• medium-sized sponge roller for the varnish
• paint tray
• stencil of your choice (go to theafricanstencilcompany.com)
• spray adhesive specially for stencils (available from hardware or art supplies stores)
• water-based floor varnish with a matte or satin finish
1 First paint the base coat; start in a corner and work towards the door (to avoid painting yourself into a corner!). If you use the paint undiluted and apply it with a large roller, one coat will be sufficient.
2 Decide in which direction you wish to place the stencil and where you want to start – this will depend on the stencil design.
3 Spray the back of the stencil with the spray adhesive and stick it on the floor where you want to start; make sure you use enough adhesive to keep the stencil firmly in place.
4 Roll the sponge roller through the paint and then roll it over the drip tray to make sure your roller isn’t too wet.
5 Now roll the paint over the stencil. The paint should be applied fairly sparsely; this will ensure neat outlines and prevent the paint from running.
6 When you’re done, let it dry and then seal the floor with the water-based floor varnish. Apply at least three coats.
• Make sure your floor is clean and completely dust-free. No other preparation is needed – neither is a primer – if you use Annie Sloan paint.
• Allow the base coat to dry for at least an hour before you start stencilling.
• Untill the floor is sealed, wear your socks when walking across the floor to prevent it from becoming dirty.
• If you’re worried about going skew with the stencil, make light marks with a pencil so you know where to place it as you go along.
• Keep a small artist’s brush handy to neaten up any areas that you’re not happy with afterwards.
• If you’re inexperienced, cover the base coat with a layer of water-based varnish before you do the stencilling. This will ensure a neater look because it’s easier to wipe off mistakes on the already smooth surface. Seal the entire floor once again afterwards.
• The water-based varnish dries quickly but will be even harder after a few days. Don’t place or move heavy furniture on the floor for the first few days.