When painting high use areas like this, it’s important to use the right paint. Look for a paint that is specifically made for floors or patios because it’s durable. Apply a coat of primer to the surface first for the best durability and coverage. 


Watch the step-by-step video.

Step 1

Prep Your Workspace

Mark out and tape a rectangle shape on the floor. Use a roller to paint a layer of primer. Let it dry then paint the base color. Let it fully dry.

Step 2

Place Stencil

Stretch a string across the center of the rectangle to help line up the stencil. Place the stencil in the center, square to your rectangle. Secure the corners of the stencil with tape.

Step 3

Add Color

Decide which colors will be used for each shape of the stencil. With the first color, dip just the tips of the stippling brush in the paint, dab the excess off on a paper towel, then begin stippling (which means pounce the brush). Start in the center to unload more paint as you work your way towards the edges, this will keep the stencil line as clean as possible.

Step 4

Fill in Stencil

Repeat the steps filling in all colors and shapes before moving the stencil.

Step 5

Stencil Remaining Area

Use the registration marks to line up the stencil for the next section. When you’re finished rather than sliding the stencil to the next adjacent section, move the stencil to the opposite area. This gives the paint time to dry while you continue stippling another section. Moving back and forth helps you keep the stencil square and make fast progress while still allowing some drying time for each section for a tidy efficient project.

Step 6

Apply Gold Leaf Adhesive

When stenciling is complete and paint is dry, cut the medallion section of the stencil and place it on a painted medallion on the floor. Stipple the medallion with gold leaf adhesive, lift the stencil, and let the adhesive dry for several minutes until the surface is almost dry and very tacky (this requires very little adhesive). To save time, stipple adhesive on all of the medallions you want to apply gold leaf. This gives all medallions time to become tacky.

Step 7

Apply Copper Leaf

Place a copper sheet on the medallion or area where you want the gold leaf and gently burnish with a plastic putty knife or spreader. Gently brush the copper sheet to tear away the edges of copper and reveal the new color.

Step 8

Touch Up Copper Leaf

Let the copper leaf dry well then with an artist brush, paint the gold-leaf adhesive in the areas that aren’t filled. Let the adhesive become tacky then fill the sections with scraps of copper leaf.