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Stenciled Tile Makeover Guide

Spruce up your old tile floors with a budget-friendly stenciled tile makeover. Transform your floors into stylish designs without replacing them entirely, creating unique patterns that will impress guests.

What is a Stenciled Tile Makeover?

A stenciled tile makeover is an affordable way to rejuvenate tile surfaces with various patterns, colors, and textures. Paint over existing tiles and use stencils to create a new design in any room.

How to do a Stenciled Tile Makeover?

  • Measure tiles and order matching stencil size.
  • Prep the floor: Sand tiles, clean thoroughly, and tape off edges.
  • Prime the floor with 2-3 coats.
  • Apply a base coat of interior floor paint.
  • Choose and secure a stencil design.
  • Apply paint with a craft sponge.
  • Practice on sheets before applying to tile.
  • Repeat the process for each tile.

How to protect Stenciled Tile Makeover?

Apply Eco-Tuff Clear Coat Sealer to protect the paint and increase durability.

How long will it take to complete a Stenciled Tile Makeover?

Completion depends on factors like room size and design complexity. Generally, the project can be finished in a weekend or a few days.

Recommended Products for Stenciled Tile Makeover:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Primer
  • Base coat (e.g., Rust-oleum’s floor coat)
  • Plastic stencils
  • Craft sponges
  • Eco-Tuff Clear Coat Sealer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint tray and rollers
  • Practice sheets
  • Knee pads
  • Wet rag
  • Measuring tape
  • Water-based polyurethane
  • Cost Comparison: New Tiles vs. Stenciled Makeover

While new tile installation can be expensive, a stenciled tile makeover is an affordable alternative. Materials for a standard-sized room typically cost a few hundred dollars, saving you money without compromising style.


A stenciled tile makeover is a creative, affordable DIY project that can transform your home’s flooring. With endless pattern and color combinations, create a unique look reflecting your style. Save money and achieve beautiful results by repurposing existing tiles and avoiding labor fees. Plus, enjoy eco-friendly benefits by recycling tiles.

Read our articles: “Tiles: the ancient materials we use every day” to learn more about ceramic tiles and “Kitchen Remodeling on The Budget” to learn how to save money on your kitchen remodeling.