In my LAST POST I showed you the first 4 steps of painting and stenciling my wood floor in my studio.
Step 5: After the spray paint from the old lace tablecloth stencil had dried I wiped on Minwax wood stain with an applicator sponge and then quickly wiped it off with a soft cloth. Making sure to work in small areas, wiping on and wiping off before moving along.
Step 6: I gave the stain 24 hours to dry and then got to work brushing on a coat of Minwax oil based Polyurethane. (It is recomended that you put down at least 2 coats of polyurethane to seal a floor, but I'm going for an aged worn look so a little wear sooner, rather than later isn't going to bother me at all) I let this layer dry for 8 hours before walking on it and I'm waiting several days for it to cure completely before I move furniture into the space. (don't want my furniture sticking permanently to the floor)
My completed, aged, pretty floor stencil. Using the old lace table cloth was very rewarding, the design is beautiful and I was able to give the old lace a new use. This floor isn't perfect, it's not meant to be, it's simply a way to add the style that I want to the recycled materials I had on hand.
Now to finish the baseboards, put up a little trim here and there, hang my shelves over my work bench and MOVE IN! YEAH!!!!