Royal Design Studio Stencil Review! {and a peek at my G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor!}

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.

Kitchen beforeAnyone 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.

PIN NOW, READ LATER!  Transform your kitchen floor on a budget with paint and a stencil.  G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. and the possibilities are endless!  By Designer Trapped in a  Lawyer's Body.  #paintedkitchenfloor

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!}.  Yes, 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!

Source: Royal Design Studios

Source: Royal Design Studios

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.

PIN NOW, READ LATER!  G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor by Designer Trapped in a  Lawyer's Body.  #paintedkitchenfloorI 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 some touching 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.

PIN NOW, READ LATER!  G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor by Designer Trapped in a  Lawyer's Body.  #paintedkitchenfloorWhat 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!

PIN NOW, READ LATER!  G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor by Designer Trapped in a  Lawyer's Body.  #paintedkitchenfloorAs 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.

PIN NOW, READ LATER!  G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor by Designer Trapped in a  Lawyer's Body.  #paintedkitchenfloorHere is a SNEAK PEEK of how the floors look!

PIN NOW, READ LATER!  G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S. painted kitchen floor by Designer Trapped in a  Lawyer's Body.  #paintedkitchenfloorI am beyond THRILLED with how our painted kitchen floor has turned out.  I am SO happy with the Royal Design Studio stencil that we chose.  Isn’t it just stunning?!  I think the floor almost 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?


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  1. Laura says

    I love it! I’ve thought of painting over our linoleum in the kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom but since we hope to move I’d rather be on the safe side as they are already in good shape and not in your face ugly :/ I love the stripes in your laundry room too. :)

    • says

      Thanks so much, Katie! It was no small job! I am so frustrated right now because our water based poly that was not supposed to yellow, did in fact yellow in some spots. Not sure how we are going to deal with it. Honestly we will probably be the only ones who would ever notice it but I am so frustrated after all those hours of stenciling. Oh well! The life of a DIYer always involves some unknown outcomes, right?!

  2. Chrissie says

    I love it an cannot wait to see it in person. I seriously wish I had an ounce of your vision and creativity. You and Joe should really be proud because you have really transformed your house into a beautiful home and on a budget.

  3. Kelly says

    I love this, only I have a couple questions…. I would like to do this but have a high traffic kitchen….. do you put a top coat on and do you think it would stay nice for a long time period?

    • says

      Hi Kelly! We have a high traffic kitchen as well and I thought I a top coat of water-based poly would give it some added protection, so we did it. I will be posting about the experience in the next week, but long story short is that the water-based poly that was NOT supposed to yellow DID in fact yellow, so now we have to do the whole thing over again. When we called the poly company to complain about it, we were refunded our money (which was good) and the company emphasized that porch and floor paint really does not require any top coat. SO, this time around, we will not be top coating it. Apparently, we should expect it to hold up well on its own. Our painted laundry room floor has held up fabulously, but we are in it a lot less than our kitchen. So, we will put felt pads on our table and chairs and hope for the best. I can tell you that our 90 pound Boxer ran around on it for several days before we put the poly on and didn’t make a mark on them, so I am hopeful. I will plan to post an update after 6 months to let people know how the floors are holding up. I hope that helps for now!

  4. Kelly says

    Thanks for taking the time to answer! :) I can’t wait to start a project of my own. Thank you for the inspiration!


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