Before room staircase pictures

Just for sake of conversation, let’s say that you are making over a blank slate into an imagination room.

And let’s say the blank slate has gray wood floors.

What’s a imagination room maker to do with all that gray wood?

Paint it with diamonds, of course.

But not just ordinary diamonds.  Not the kind that look like two triangles put together.  Because why in the world would you put simple diamonds on the floor when you can create jewels like the kind Marilyn Monroe wore?

And then what if you took the diamonds that look like jewels, not ordinary diamonds and transformed them into a pattern to look like flowers?

Could it happen?

Would it be possible?

Why not?

This is the imagination room after all. 🙂

Flower Pattern

To paint diamonds that look like jewels that look like flowers on the floor….

….you need to start with a template.

Here’s ours.

We made it out of craft paper and cut it 36″ in all directions with squared off sides.

(painting tip:  If you start with a large template like this for a project, it’s easier to picture the overall look of the pattern in the space).

Next, we added little pieces of FrogTape at all the edges to see how the flowers should be placed on the floor.

flower taping

Here’s a look at our flowers after they were taped.

See the diamonds?

There are six of them making up each flower with all the points meeting in the middle.

(total aside:  that reminded me of an old country song about meeting in the middle ‘neath the old oak tree).

flower dimensions

Here’s the measurements for each of the diamond flowers.

The entire diamond jewel flower measures approximately 36″ wide.  Also, each of the individual diamonds are 12″ from the tip to the first angle.

There’s also an additional 5″ of angle to create the top of the diamond and then 7″ across the top of the diamond.

angles for diamonds

In addition, we used a template for the angles to meet at the center point to guide us when we taped.

Each diamond has an angle of 60 degrees.

We made an angle template from a piece of craft paper to ensure the angles were all the same size.


After we taped off the diamonds and they were all in place on the floor, it was time to paint.

Enter hours of seventh grade gossip and expert painting helpers.

The mini-thistles chose coral as a color theme and so we painted the diamonds three different colors.

SW 6619 Sockeye

SW 6620 Rejuvenate

SW 7589 Habanero Chile

The floor is also painted SW 7655 Stamped Concrete.

painted diamond flower

And three coats later of paint and “As the Seventh Grade Turns” the floor looked like this.

Flowers and jeweled diamonds.

They go together like shoo bop she wadda wadda.

pulling Frog Tape

Here’s a sneak peek of what it looked like when we pulled off the tape.

But the rest?

You’ll have to wait a little longer for the rest of the room.

I can promise you this.  In this imagination room….

….diamonds truly were a girl’s best friend. 🙂

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  1. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Oooh, Miz karianne......this is going to be so awesome! You GO, little one....and those mini-Thistles are doing a great job.

  2. Image for Jeanne@I Dream of Jeanne Marie Jeanne@I Dream of Jeanne Marie

    Good morning KariAnne, Oh terrific...the post we have all been waiting for! The floor is going to be fabulous! I bet your girls can hardly stand it! I think the colors are very pretty together...I'm guessing the accent pieces "might" be from your new fabric line? You have inspired me so much I am definitely going to paint my bedroom floor. I've had the stencil for over a year but just have been too chicken to try it. Will you put some kind of sealer like polyurethane on it? Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Image for Nancy Nancy

    Someone in your family or you must have an Engineering Degree or should have one!! Mercy! All those degrees and angles. Also you have an overabundance of patience. I applaud you!

  4. Image for Michelle Rudis Michelle Rudis

    Love the floor idea and truly can't wait for the reveal!!!!! (Quick, before my nails completely disappear.)

  5. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    Love! Love! Love! those colors. In fact if I were painting I would stick my fingers and toes in there to swipe them with a coat of those colors. They scream summer to me :-) I can't wait to see the rest of it. You certainly have that great creative mind. My mind just hums off tune :-( Sending hugs!

  6. Image for MAH MAH

    OK woman, I'm not sure how long I can wait! Boy, that is a lot of work, but it will be worth it! Making diamonds are hard enough, but FLOWER DIAMONDS? come on that is special. Love it.

  7. Image for Joann Joann

    WOW! I'm blown away! What a wonderful's going to be awesome. I can't wait to see the end results. Also, where in the world did you come by that AWESOME red compass on the ceiling??? I'm def in love. I could so use one of those for my living room ceiling... I'm so jelly right now, haha! :) Love, love, love your creativeness Karianne! You rock!!!

  8. Image for Kris Kris

    What a fun floor! Good thing the Little Thistle's mom doesn't seem to hate geometry the way I do! ;) The only "old oak tree" song I know is Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree and now I'll be singing it all day.

  9. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    But, I don't want to wait! I want it NOW! After all, this is the generation of instant gratification, right? I know it's going to be fantastic, 'cause it was designed by the talented Mama Thistle and executed by the darling mini-Thistles.

  10. Image for Richella Parham Richella Parham

    I love it, Karianne! Can't wait to see the final product. Meanwhile, it's so fun to have a sneak peek and to learn about the memories you're making along the way. That song that came to your mind is "Meet in the Middle"--"I'd start walkin' your way; you'd start walkin' mine. We'd meet in the middle 'neath that old Georgia pine. . . " And no wonder it came to your mind--it was sung by DIAMOND Rio!

  11. Image for Susan Susan

    Oooh, man...I was right on the edge of my seat as you pulled that bit of Frog Tape away...then I nearly fell right off when you told us we'd have to wait for cruel...hehe! I'm really digging those pretty colours, KariAnne, and I literally cannot wait to see how your diamond flowers turned out! PLEASE HURRY!!!

  12. Image for Leona Leona

    Just Brilliant!!!!!!!! (as usual) and Mom does the hard work......lucky mini thistles :) Cant wait to see the room..............ramma lama ding dong

  13. Image for Jae Jae

    Love love love those colors! Great idea. Songwise, I have had Elton John singing 'Karianne in the sky with diamonds' running through my head all afternoon.......

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