1. PREPARE THE FLOOR
If working on bare wood, sand with medium-grit sandpaper. Surfaces with peeling paint, carpet or linoleum adhesive will need to be chemically stripped (a job that may be best left to a pro). Before painting, vacuum floor and use painter’s tape to seal off the edge of molding where it meets the floor. Apply two or three thin coats of latex floor paint. Use a brush to paint in from the edges and a roller to fill in the center area. Let paint dry about two hours between coats.
NOTE: For maximum impact, go with a white base and paint your stencil in a vivid hue. You can buy stencils at art stores or online (our favorite source: stencil-library.com) or cut your own from heavyweight Mylar or stencil paper.