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Chevron Stenciled Floor

Add custom color and bold patterns to a wood or other hard-surface floor with dramatic chevrons you can stencil in a weekend.

Chevron-stenciled wood floor next to a room screen

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1-2 weeks

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • 4-in foam roller and pan
  • Spray adhesive
  • Artist's brushes


  • 1 gallon Valspar Signature satin paint, Transit Pass (#ar718)
  • 1 gallon Varathane interior satin floor finish

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Project Resources


For a time-saving alternative to printing, assembling, and laminating a downloadable stencil, a comparable design is available from Royal Design Studio (royaldesignstudio.com). Order the modern chevron stencil (large) for $34 plus shipping. These 20-in x 25-in stencils are made from 10-mil Mylar and include a partial stencil for completing the pattern next to an adjoining wall.

Step 1

Prepare the floor by removing all debris, dust, and wax or polish using a commercial cleaner that leaves no residue, such as Bruce Hardwood and Laminate Floor Cleaner. Avoid painting a damaged floor finish or raw wood. Either purchase a stencil or print the downloadable chevron stencil, assemble it, and have it laminated.

Step 2

Start in a corner away from the entrance to the room. Apply spray adhesive to the back of the stencil following the label directions to make it repositionable. Then place the stencil on the floor as close as possible to a wall.
Good to Know
Use the planks on the floor to align the stencil parallel with a wall and make sure the design doesn't move off course as you go.

Step 3

Roll paint over the stencil

Saturate the paint roller and remove the excess paint on paper towels or kraft paper. Roll over the stencil with light, even pressure until you've applied an even coat. Let the paint dry for about a minute and then recoat the same way. If necessary, repeat for a third coat.

Step 4

Reposition the stencil to continue the pattern
After letting the final coat dry to the touch, remove the stencil and wipe off any excess paint, especially any that seeped underneath. When the first pattern is dry to the touch, reposition the stencil next to it. Load the roller with paint and repeat the previous step. Continue until you reach the other side of the room and begin a second row of stencils.

Step 5

Use a partial stencil to paint up to the wall
To fill in gaps between the stencil and the walls, push the stencil as far as possible where the wall meets the floor and fill in the pattern with a small artist's brush. The available Mylar stencil includes a special pattern that lets you work close to an adjoining wall. Tape the wall surface to protect it before applying the partial stencil.

Step 6

Protect the paint with a clear floor finish
After you're finished painting the design, allow it to dry overnight. Aim a fan into the room, but not against the floor, to circulate air. Then apply two coats of Varathane water-based floor finish following the label directions. Allow the last coat of floor finish to dry thoroughly according to label directions before allowing foot traffic.