Bloomin’ right

Adorning a floor with stenciled flowers

January 11, 2013
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The large and small daisy stencils are cut from poster board and can be used to decorate a floor, wall or furniture.
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Flowers pack a powerful punch and are forever youthful and happy in any room.

One of the most endearing and enduring motifs in the decorating world is flowers. No matter what time of year, or the country in which we live, blooms in all their glorious forms find their way into our hearts and onto the walls, floors and fabrics in our homes. Today the trend in large motifs continues, as seen in overscale wallpaper florals and simple graphic petals stroked across upholstery, cushions and draperies. It’s a bit of a turn from petite and pretty toward a bold flash of joy. No matter how you envision your flowers, the theme will never be outdated. It takes only a small adjustment in color and size to make everything bloom fresh again.

I was helping my friend decorate her children’s bedrooms. We decided to paint the floors, and I asked her daughter what sort of designs and patterns she preferred. She insisted on flowers. Big flowers. And that’s what she got. A playful mix of large and small daisies grew across a royal-blue base, looking like the petals had been tossed onto an azure sea.

The success of this project depends on proper preparation of the wood floor. The old wood was sanded, washed and primed, then painted with two coats of blue acrylic floor paint. We drew and cut our own stencils, not a difficult job. Draw a freehand daisy shape onto a piece of white poster board. You will want to make at least three sizes of daisies to add interest to your overall design. Include a circle in the center of each daisy. Cut out the daisies and the circle. Using the circle cutouts as a guide, cut more circles about half an inch larger. To paint a daisy, adhere a daisy petal to the floor with stencil adhesive. Place the larger of the two circles in the middle and affix with adhesive. Roll over the stencil with white paint, remove the two stencil pieces, and you have a white daisy with a blue center. Let dry. Now take the smaller cutout of the daisy stencil and position it over the image you have painted. Fill in the hole with a third color. We used purple pearlescent paint. Finish with three coats of varnish for sheen and protection.

As you can see from the photo, the daisies are placed randomly across the floor. There are plenty of color variations that would work equally well. Yellow daisies on a green floor, white daisies on a black floor – whatever fits with the theme of the room. You also can go multi-color for a play room or kids’ bathroom.

Painting a floor is a big undertaking, and there are lots of other ways to utilize these playful daisies. Paint a garden on a focal wall, or use small daisies as a border around the room. If you are painting a chest of drawers or a nightstand, stencil a daisy behind the drawer pulls.

Stenciling is a project that children can enjoy. Let them be part of the process when decorating their rooms. They can show you where they would like the daisies and roll the paint over the stencils. Or, while you are tackling the floor, ask them to make stencil art posters for the walls.

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