The floor isn’t just a surface to walk on! It can also be a canvas on which to unleash your creativity.
You Will Need
- Annie Sloan paint (we used the colours Versailles and 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
Make sure your floor is clean and completely dust-free. No 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.
- Until 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.
Words: Lisa Spaarwater, Home magazine
Images: Francois Oberholster, Home magazine