lace floors

lace floors


There is one project that I never shared based on the fact that it was intended to be temporary fix. I wasn’t even sure how well it would hold up since it was  just a going to be a band-aid solution. However, seeing as five years have past and the floors are still going strong I thought I would share our lace stenciled front porch. When we moved into the house, the porch area had cheap sticker lynolym tiles on it. Eventually I had plans of tiling it and turning the space into a true entrance hall, but I needed something to make it tolerable until that time. So without much thought I painted straight over the linoleum (with only a quick wash and hand sand as prep) with Stoneffects rollable . The paint is thick enough to cover the seams of linoleum and durable enough for the demands of a main entrance. It took more paint than normal and for this space I used 1.5gal to do the job. It is hard to get colour consistency so you want enough to do an entire final coat from one can.  The colours are limited so I went with a lighter grey, which would make the lace doily light once stenciled. You actual paint on the background of the lace when you stencil. The stencil is from Royal Design Studio, which you have probably already seen around. It is a two part stencil that you use in an alternating pattern to create this awesome lace look. I  used a dark grey outdoor deck paint to stencil with. Now, for something that was only going to be around for a  year, this floor has seen freeze and thaws, had strollers and hockey equipment stored on it, moved pianos and couches over it, and is still holding up. To clean, I vacuum it throughout the year and after a winter of storing salty, snow covered boots I give it a good steam mop. This is very much an outdoor, well used, and loved porch. I am delighted it has held up so well. I wish there were photos of its first year since we have been incredibly rough on it, almost challenging it to fall apart so we could tile the area. Here is a close up before its annual spring cleaning…  dirty, but still kinda pretty…closeup of painted lace floors

lace floors  .