funny standard pillowcases Royal Design Studio Stencil Review! {and a peek at my G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor!} pillow covers farmhouse

Royal Design Studio provided me with a free stencil to facilitate this review. I was not compensated for this review in any way and the opinions expressed are 100% my own!

As you all know, Joe and I have been working hard on making over our kitchen on a LIMITED budget. As a reminder, this is what we started with. NOT. MY. STYLE. You can read about our plans to transform the space here and check out our herringbone plank wall that we have already completed here.

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Anyone who has completed any sort of major renovation should know that flooring costs lots of money…; Money that we do not have to allocate to this kitchen makeover.

Our kitchen had very lightly stained, BADLY DAMAGED bamboo floors. See for yourself. This is what they looked like when we moved in, even though they are less than 10 years old. I seriously think the family that lived here before us might have run a roller skating rink out of the kitchen. A huge portion of the floor looked like this.

So I had a dilemma. How was I going to improve the floor situation without spending much money? I put on my creativity hat and decided to paint them, after LOVING the painted vinyl floors that I did in our laundry room. Though I loved the striped floors I painted in our laundry room, I knew I wanted something with a bit more interest for our kitchen floors. Enter the amazing Royal Design Studios, which generously offered to send me one of their stencils to review! Yay!

Before I go any further, let me answer some questions I know you will have about WHY we painted WOOD floors {GASP!}. Yesfunny standard pillowcases, they are solid wood. Yes, we could have sanded them down but did not because: 1) refinishing them, even as a DIY job, was not in our budget and, 2) I don't love the look of bamboo flooring even with a darker stain. Plus, I have a serious, serious love of painted wood floors.

One of the hardest parts of this process was deciding which stencil to use! I was able to choose from Royal Design Studio's amazing, extensive design collection. It was hard to narrow it down, but I did know that I wanted an “;all over stencil”; and that I wanted a contemporary/modern look. Joe and I both cast our votes and decided on this awesome Hollywood Squares Stencil. Love it!

Now came the second hardest part–;choosing the colors. We have beige tile in the hallway that leads into our kitchen, so I knew in order for the tile to look somewhat intentional, the base color for our kitchen should be similar. So, we chose a light taupe for the base color and a charcoal gray for the top color. We purchased both colors in the Valspar porch and floor paint variety, satin finish.

I am not going to try to teach you to stencil in this post or provide you with a step-by-step tutorial for how we completed our painted kitchen floor {that will come down the road}. For now, what I can tell you is that Royal Design Studios provides great instructions, tutorials, and how-to videos on their website, in addition to fabulous instructions that come with your stencil. I followed the directions provided and had wonderful stenciling success.

I used the foam roller application method, and as suggested by Royal Design Studios, kept dry paper towels nearby to roll off excess paint before stenciling {this prevents your paint from bleeding, which is very important!}. I will admit that I have sometouching up to do, but I largely avoided paint bleeding by following the instructions AND by being patient. This job definitely requires patience. If you slap a bunch of paint on the brush thinking it will move things more quickly, THINK AGAIN. It will just create a whole bunch of extra work for you in the end. Short story, follow Royal Design Studio's instructions–;they know what they are talking about!

This is a time consuming job, but the nice, LARGE size of this stencil made things move far more quickly than they otherwise would have. If you are thinking of stenciling your floor, you will not find stencils as large as those offered by Royal Design Studios. It makes a big difference! The first stenciling coat took me about 4 1/2 hours. The second stenciling coat {yes, I had to do a second coat} took only 2 hours.

What kept me going was how AWESOME it looked! I was so excited when I started seeing the pattern on the floor on a large scale!

As you can see, I quite literally, painted myself into a box. You can see here the final blank rectangle that I had to fill in. The good news is that since you work with a nearly dry roller {to prevent bleeding} it dries VERY quickly. So, don't worry, I wasn't stuck in the kitchen.

Here is a SNEAK PEEK of how the floors look!

I am beyond THRILLED with howour painted kitchen floorhas turned out. I am SO happy with the Royal Design Studio stencil that we chose. Isn't itjust stunning?! I think the flooralmost reads like it is covered with really cool tiles, which, of course, is totally appropriate for a kitchen.

Are you wondering why I am not showing photos of the entire kitchen? Because, silly, that will have to wait for the full kitchen reveal in the next couple of weeks. We still have some lighting and finishing touches to put into place. And we still plan to put a few coats of polyurethane over the painted floor for added durability {since our kitchen is sooooo heavily used}. Be patient. It will be worth the wait, I promise!

For now, tell me what you think of painted kitchen floor! Do you like the stencil we chose? Have you ever thought of painting and stenciling a floor? What Royal Studio Designs stencil would you choose?

This is like a 2-fer Instructable! In this fun and easy Instuctable I will show you how to make a toddler romper out of a plain tee shirt and then how to embellish it!

I shared months ago that I wanted to open up the free days on my blog (that I wasn’t blogging) to others who would love to fill those gaps and showcase their own work.? Your talent out there is INCREDIBLE…..and I love sharing this little outlet with others who get a kick out creating, like I do. :)? So, today is another day you get to see the craftiness of someone else.? Pull up a chair (or a sofa) and enjoy with me……you won’t be disappointed.?