DIY Faux painted tile floor



I'm an insane lady.  The grand pooh bah of tweakaholics anonymous.  A crazy woman who can't leave well enough alone.  The leader of the "I'll just do this little project and then take a break for a while" club.  HA!  Any DIY'er, fixer upper or quasi perfectionist knows exactly what I'm talking about.  Can I get an amen?

One of the latest projects I finished at our house nearly finished me.  Being Miss Independent and an "I'll do it myself" kinda gal gets me into these situations sometimes.  And I just don't understand how some of these projects seem to take on a life of their own.

The painted floor project wasn't really a big project, it just took a long time making it look the way I had envisioned it.  But the end result turned out even better than I had hoped.  And, somewhat like giving birth, you forget the pain eventually.

It all started when our 11 12-year-old (she was 11 when I started this project) decided that she wanted to move downstairs into the basement bedroom.  And who could blame her?  There's a full bath she'll have all to herself, a kitchenette, a big screen t.v. and a living area.  It's like an apartment.  Maybe I'll move there.


Anyway,  the basement floors in our house are hideous.  They are some type of poured epoxy and colored flake floor.  The bedroom, office, and hallway have an ugly cobalt blue and white, but luckily the living area and kitchen have a goldish color that's tolerable.  This type of floor was popular in the 60's when the house was built.  It will NEVER wear out.  I gotta give them credit there.  But that doesn't mean I have to like it or live with it.

I decided the most economical and durable fix for the floor would be to paint it.  Having a solid color paint on the floor didn't appeal to me, so I decided to faux paint it in 4' x 4' diagonal tiles.  I cleared out both closets that had all of my off season clothes, removed all of the furniture from the room, cleaned the floor, and went to work on making the room look better.  Did I say that the floor was hideous?


Here's the "before" picture.  Lovely, no?



Here it is getting a coat of primer.  INSLX Aqua Lock primer.  Available at most Benjamin Moore stores.  Adios, ugly floor!  I let this dry for a couple of days.



Next I applied a coat of  Benjamin Moore Floor and Patio finish, tinted to Pashmina.  It looks better already.  This will be the color of the "grout lines" at the end of the project.  It's a light taupe color.  I let this dry for 2 days.



Next step, measure and tape off the squares.  The tapes lines will be grout lines when the tape is removed at the end of the next step.  I recommend using 1/4" pin-striping tape for the grout lines.  I couldn't find it and went to a local auto shop and bought 1/4" masking tape and it didn't remove well. 

We chose to do 48" squares, mainly because it took less time than taping off 24" squares.  We had to re-do some of the the tape lines at least once because they weren't straight.  Not fun.  I also taped off the baseboards with Frog Tape to prevent the glaze mixture from getting on there.

Next, I started painting the faux squares around the edges of the room.  I mixed a dark taupe, satin acrylic finish paint with a clear, low lustre acrylic polyurethane for the glaze mixture, using a ratio of about 1 part paint to 4 parts polyurethane.  I brushed it on, one square at a time, and then immediately began using a damp sea sponge that I had dipped lightly in an off white and black and just "pounced" the sponge on the floor until it produced a pattern that I liked.  I used the black and white very sparingly, just to get some variation on the colors and to make it look more realistic.  Note:  if you're doing large squares like I did, don't paint the glaze over the entire square at once or you won't be able to reach all of it.  Work your way across each square, then start the next one.

After the far edges of the room were completed, I then did the middle squares until I worked my way out of the room.  Be careful and don't literally paint yourself into a corner (now you know where that phrase comes from).  I would recommend removing the tape while the glaze is still wet.  I had to touch up the grout lines, but it wasn't too difficult.  I just used and artist brush and  the "grout" color which I had painted the entire floor with.





The finished floor.  We've got some of her things moved down there, but still have some finishing touches to do.  She hasn't moved in yet.  Her dad thinks she will never actually move down there.  I've threatened to claim the room for myself if she doesn't move in soon.  It would make a great space for our new treadmill and exercise bike since it has two windows.  We'll see.


 My husband wanted me to paint the entire basement like this when he saw how cool it turned out.  I'm pretty sure he got a not-so-nice response from me, but I won't repeat it here.


 I like the way the texture looks on it.  Everyone who sees it thinks we had giant tiles installed.

 



Word of advice, wear good knee pads.  I have good knees and this project was somewhat painful.  Or you could use a kinder-mat if you have one. Just fold it up as if you were putting it away and kneel on it while doing the painting.  And go ahead and schedule a massage while you're at it.  Anytime you're working on floors is just going to make you sore and stiff.  And you always need a massage anyway, right?


Thanks for stopping by.

Angie
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137 comments

Linda @ It All Started with Paint said...

Wow! I'm impressed ... and you truly deserve a massage and a mani/pedi after that project! So glad you'll be linking up next week!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your floor really does look amazing. I love it. Wow, tons of work, but the result is fantastic. Hugs, Marty

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

Oh my, this is awesome! Well worth all of the work!! I can't wait to see you all linked up on the 31st!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Haha! Thanks for visiting! We always deserve a good massage no matter what we've been working on, don't we? I think so!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you. It was a time consuming job, but we love the way it turned out. Thanks for stopping by!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you! It wasn't too difficult, but but it did take me a while to get motivated to finish it. Thanks for stopping by!

Reese said...

ByeBye sunroom floor!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

:) Haha. You could do this treatment on concrete or probably even vinyl. As long as you prime it first and use a floor paint, the possibilities are endless. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for visiting.

LDH said...

This is an amazing project! WOW! You did a fantastic job. So nice stopping by to visit with you!

Kindly, Lorraine

thistlewoodfarm said...

You are a ROCKSTAR! You are so talented! I absolutely love the floor! I would not have known it was painted tile, unless you had posted this! I can't wait for you to link up the finished project on Tuesday!
blessings,
karianne

Anonymous said...

I love this Angie! I'm going to show Tony and see if we can do this on our ugly kitchen floor. You did a great job!

Jen

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks so much. So glad you stopped by to see it.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Glad you like it! As long as you prep and prime the floor correctly, you shouldn't have any problem. Good luck. Let me know how it turns out. And thanks for visiting!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Aw, thanks. It actually turned out better than I had hoped. Just need to put the finishing touches on it. Thanks for visiting.

Honey at 2805 said...

This looks great, Angie! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at Potpourri Friday!

Chatty Chics said...

Um, this is truly amazing! I was just trying to figure out how to paint my ugly vinyl kitchen floor! Thank you for sharing!
Melody
ChattyChics.com

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks for being a great host! I'm just getting going with the blog and am glad to find your site. Thanks so much for visiting and following.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you. You should be able to do it on your vinyl floor. Just make sure there's no waxy build up or any type of coating that would cause paint not to stick to it. Clean it good, prime it with a high quality acrylic primer, and coat it with a paint or polyurethane that's made for floors. It's not a long-term, permanent solution, but a pretty inexpensive fix for an ugly floor. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out!

Maria Elena said...

It looks amazing! You did a great job! I know it was hard work. Like you, I am always getting myself into these "easy projects". LOL
You did an awesome job!

Eclectically Vintage said...

Wow - your hard work really paid off! I think I need to do that in my basement!
Kelly

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Amazing!! I love how it turned out!! Well done!Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Great job! I'm sure that was an overwhelming job, but the outcome is amazing. Thanks for linking up to the PoPP... I'm featuring you in the Spotlight this weekend.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks. I probably made it a little harder than it should have been. But I tend to do that. Thanks for visiting.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

I wish I had the energy to do our whole basement. For now only this one room looks like this. And it makes the rest of the basement look even worse. Oh, well....future project. Thanks for stopping by. Love your blog, BTW.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks for hosting each week! You've got such wonderful ideas on your blog.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Wow! Thanks so much for featuring my project. I literally just found your blog 2 days ago and love it (I'm fairly new at this blogging thing). I'm ALWAYS painting something, so I've got a feeling I'll be linking up again in the future! Thanks again. ~ Angie

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I am blown away. Those tiles look so good and real. I had to link this on my facebook page and share it. I am your lucky #13 follower. :)

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! And thanks for following and especially for sharing! I just became your 1199th follower. I hope my little blog my will grow up and have even half as many followers as yours someday! Thanks again. ~ Angie

Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

That's.Freaking.Awesome.

I'm Pinning and Favoriting and anything else I can do so I don't forget about this amazing flooring!!

You so rocked this project!

And..... I'm gonna follow you because you asked so nicely!!!

Have a great weekend! Can't wait to see more of your projects!!

Hugs ~~ Suz
inspiringcreativeness.blogspot

Anonymous said...

You've just inspired me to get started on my own painted floor project! I've been thinking on it for ages, but yours is awesome and I want it!!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks for the kind words. And thanks especially for pinnie, favoriting, and following my blog. As you can see, I need followers. I'm just getting going with this blog and can use all the love I can get! Thanks again. Enjoy your weekend!
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Pinning, not pinnie. :)

Linda said...

That floor looks amazing and well worth the annoying tape and damaged knees! Thought that's easy for me to say huh! lol.
Looks good though, just like you've laid giant floor tile.
Thanks for sharing!

http://coachhousecraftingonabudget.blogspot.com/

kt said...

WoW! That is AWESOME! You did such a great job on that floor! Really fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks. It wasn't too bad on the knees. I was just a bit stiff and sore for a day or so. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! Glad you like it. Thank you for stopping by!

Rebecca Scott (aka Otter) said...

Holy cow on a pogostick, woman! That is one major difference! I love the color choice. When I saw the thumbnail I thought it WAS giant tiles. You can imagine my surprise when I realized you painted all that. It looks really lovely!

Tina said...

AMEN!!! WOW!!! Your floor transformation is spectacular. You did a wonderful job.

I am your newest follower. Would love it if you would follow me back.

Visiting from Home Sweet Home Party.

Renee said...

Love, love, love the floor! It looks amazing! Also a new follower.

Posted by Donna at the Scarlet Petticoat said...

the results are stunning!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

It is a big difference, thankfully! Thanks for the great comments and for stopping by.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks for the kind remarks and for following! I'm following your blog now,also.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

So glad you like it. Thanks for visiting and especially for following!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

Scribbler said...

Fantastic post! I am your newest follower -- follow me?

I feel your knee pain. I have done similar jobs, but the one I posted today is just the easy way!

Cindy said...

Very cool! But probably not so fun to do! Don't worry, you will look back and forget the pain (kinda like having kids!) and only remember the result! XO Cindy

Meg@MegaCrafty said...

Great Project- the results are amazing!

Tisha said...

Wow, what hard work, but the results are fantastic! I'm visiting from the "Impossibilities" linkups, and would love it if you would share this at my linkup party and giveaway going on now @ the Delectable Home.

Sherry said...

Oh wow, I know it was a lot of work, but I'm sure it was so worth it! Your floor is fabulous, it definitely looks like tile. I'm now your newest follower!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Thanks so much for linking up and taking the challenge ... and wait a minute, I'm pretty sure I saw you featured yesterday?! Why am I not surprised?

Again, WOW!

Linda
itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

The DIY Show Off said...

Holy cow! That's awesome! I love painting floors and this is a great tutorial/project! Amazing result! It's gorgeous!

Nice to "e-meet" you! Thanks so much for introducing yourself today! I'm your newest follower too! ;)

Roeshel

thistlewoodfarm said...

I stopped by last week.....but I just wanted to tell you one more time what an incredible transformation! You truly have accomplished your "impossible."
Thanks for participating in our party!
blessings,
karianne

micki @ ADD housewife said...

Ummm can I just say WOW! That is amazing!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and for following me. Your floor project looks great, too! I'm following you also.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Yes, thank goodness we forget unpleasant things like knee pain and childbirth, right? It's totally worth it in both cases. Thanks for stopping by!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! I'm glad you like it!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! Sure, I'll link it up. Thanks for stopping by.

Fat Dormouse said...

Goodness me! That is fantastic! I think of all the projects on this Impossibility challenge it's the DIY ones that amaze me most, because I'm such a klutz at anything like that, and absolutely hate it! Those "tiles" look fabulous. If I was still a 12 year old I'd've moved in before you'd finished!!! Congratulations!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks again! And thanks to you and the other blogs for such a great blog hop. What a great motivation to get the job done!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! Glad you like it. It's nice to meet you too. And thanks for following me!
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks so much for stopping by again and for co-hosting such a wonderful party.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! I'm glad you like it.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you! She still hasn't moved in. I've been teasing her and saying that her dad and I are going to claim it for an exercise room if she doesn't move in soon. Either way, it's a big improvement over what it used to look like. Thanks for stopping by!
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks, Sherry. It's amazing what you can do with paint and a little imagination, isn't it? Thanks for following. I'm following you as well.
Angie

Kirsten said...

What a TRANSFORMATION. Huge kudos. I was really fooled and thought that you installed travertine tiles. The floor looks absolutely gorgeous, and I would love to have them in my home! Congratulations!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

So great to get another look at this, I'm still so impressed - what a great result!

Thanks so much for joining the challenge!
Karah

Misty said...

This looks absolutely fabulous! I'm so proud of YOU! I am inspired to think outside of the box :) <3 from your newest follower and fellow {new} blogger :) Please check out my impossibility and follow back!

~Misty
www.413sparrowlane.com

RHome410 said...

I am stunned. That is absolutely amazing. So gorgeous and creative! You had a good eye and a nice touch to simulate that look so nicely.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you! It looks so much better in there! Thanks for visiting!
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks again. And thank you for hosting the blog hop. What a great idea and a great motivator!
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! It's always good to think outside of the box. It saves money and gives you a unique look! Following you also.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you. It took a bit of work, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks for visiting.
Angie

Sherry said...

It really is a wonderful end result. Why not paint the entire basement??? You've got it down now, right!? Lol. I like how it turned out!

Cindy said...

Your floor looks fabulous!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Wow, this is an amazing project...totally transforms the space...and you did a wonderful job of faux painting! It truly looks like tile! Hopped over from the Impossibilities party!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

Wow, that is an amazing job! I did that once years ago to a patio, but I love the texture of yours.

Proper Prim said...

Hopped on over from the Impossibilities party... that is so amazing. I would have swore that was tile. I love the the whole look and the variations in it. Very nice job.

I can't wait to see what else you are up to so I became your newest follower.

Hugs, Deb

Megan said...

LOVE this floor! I may do something similar for my sunporch floor! Thanks for the inspiration!

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said...

I'm in love...with your floor!
I really did think it was tile.

(AKA Just shoot me now) - LOL!

I think you did a fabulous job and I'll be bookmarking in case we decide to do this for our basement.

Can you believe there are so many of us "Impossible" gals out there?

~ Dana
Cooking at Cafe D
"Jimmy John's Kitchen" Project

Lori said...

Girl, this is some kinda fabulous! Great job. I am now following you, cause' you are awesome...stop by and share the follower love, Lori

Anonymous said...

great job on your floor! At the risk of aging myself, I remember when my parents installed a floor like that in our kitchen. I is call "Torganol" and was a poured floor. I remember how bad it stunk for several days.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

This is absolutely fantastic!! I am one of those who does things like you mentioned in your post. So you definitely get an Amen here. This is back breaking knee pain work for sure and they look like real tiles. I would love to have you join my weekly Wow us Wednesdays party. Popping in from Debbiedoos.

Debbiedoo's said...

I featured your floor today. It is amazing work! See you later for another newbie party.

{Adventuresindinner} said...

So very lovely! That Jenny Lynn bed is adorable too. I have a party on Saturday's that I would love to see you at. Take care of those knees :0)

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Well I guess I can paint it when I have about an extra week of time on my hands. Lol. Thanks for visiting.
angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you! And thanks for stopping by!

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks. The floor already had the texture, but the paint made it more noticeable. Thanks for stopping by.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you for the kind comment! I appreciate you visiting and following!
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Glad you like it. Let me know if you do it, and how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! It's not too difficult, but takes a good amount of time and patience. There sure are lots of us impossible gals, that's for sure. Thanks for visiting.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you! I'm following you too, now.

Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks for visiting! It seems like I'm always taking on some type of crazy project and then wondering "what was I thinking?" before I finish it. I guess we're just wired that way! I'd love to link up. I follow your blog and love the things you're always doing at your beautiful house.
Angie

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thank you so much! It's so nice of you to host a link party for us "newbies". Your blog is wonderful. Hopefully mine will grow up to be half as good as yours! Thanks again.
Angie

Prim2Pink said...

I would love to see what your next project might be.
You do know that after you complete a major project like that and it comes out so beautiful, you will think that there is nothing you can't do now? LOL
Great job!!!
Judy

National Carpet and Flooring said...

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kpaints said...

Unbelievable...all your hard work...so worth it!! Fantastic job...and that is coming from a professional painter. Love how you write.

Angela - Postcards from the Ridge said...

Wow, thanks. A compliment coming from a pro is especially nice. And thanks for commenting on my writing. I find myself tweaking that as much as anything. Thanks again for the kind words and for stopping by.
Angie

The Midwest Cottage said...

WOW--very impressive and so realistic. Love it. I am your newest follower!

Colleen Jorgensen said...

What a fabulous job! Congratulations! That being said, I feel like I should make a huge blog banner that says DONT PAINT YOUR FLOORS IF YOU VALUE YOUR SANITY and your back. You want one too now, right? ;)

Great post. Quit tweaking your writing. You're spot on.

The Shady Porch said...

Your floor turned out beautifully! Working on floors and ceilings are the worst..but usually well worth it in the end! Hope you recover! :) I am a new linky follower and I would love to have you share this at my party...going on now!

Angie said...

LOVE, love, love the floor! I have been wanting to do something like this in my basement and thought I would have to clear everything out, stain ans epoxy, but this seems doable to me! GREAT JOB!

Anonymous said...

Love this idea. I too did this to a floor. My floors where chipboard (underlay for the carpet we removed) I used oil paint and it turned out very well. People actually got down on their hands and knees to feel it when I told them it was painted. We have since tiled it for real but it was wonderful as an in between from the soiled carpet until we could afford to do something more permanent.

Laurel Stephens said...

Well this is just amazing. I admire someone who is willing to tackle a job this ambitious regardless of the outcome, and it turned out, well, just AMAZING. Very inspiring. I'm a follower!

S. Fantasia said...

Wow. This is amazing! I have about 1000 sq ft worth of ugly flooring to deal with and I'm thinking this is the cure. You did such a beautiful job - you should be so proud! I'm wondering, how long were the "dry times" for each step? You said 2 days for the primer and another 2 for the paint. But, what about the next step(s)?

Thanks for sharing your great project!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Hi. I allowed the final coat to dry for probably 48 hours before we walked on it, but I removed the pinstriping tape while the paint was still wet so it would come off cleanly. Hope that helps! Good luck with your project. Be sure to let me know how it turns out. ~ Angie

Lucita Brown said...

Hello!

I was looking online for possible ways to make my painted floor idea happen, and voila! I happened upon your great blog! Beautiful floor, and thank you for sharing the details of the process. I am wondering if you might be able to share your thoughts on the "do-ability" of my floor idea.

I have a bathroom floor that I hate. Its linoleum. I should add here that I rent this house, so one of my biggest concerns is not spending a fortune on something that I will move out of sooner versus later. The landlord doesn't mind my doing any upgrades.

Okay, so, I bought a good lot of tiles at an auction for $5 - mainly for a few that I loved in the bunch. However, I don't have enough of those for this bathroom although its small. But I still have the rest of the tiles. I then saw that tiles that I absolutely love, and therefore need ;-) at Home Depot. and yes, they cost a fortune. A Black-Grey slate stone, swirled with a shimmering silver. Then I thought to myself - Can I paint the tiles that I already have to recreate the look I want?

I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

I would say that you could probably paint them. Take one into a local paint store and get a recommendation for the right primer, and then you can use floor paint over that. You can create any design you want with paint. Just practice on a piece of cardboard first. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out! ~ Angie

GeorgeintheJungle said...

Thanks for the detailed report, greatly appreciated. I realize it may have been here all along but not everyone does it! Georgeanne

ssmtmb said...

Absolutely beautiful. What is the color you used for the top coat - the dark taupe. I really like the colors you chose and would love to replicate it in my family room.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Georgeanne! Have a great week. ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

The top coat was a mixture of clear acrylic polyurethane (Benjamin Moore Stays Clear)and Ben Moore North Woods Brown. The ratio I used was roughly 4:1, but you could change it depending on how much of your base coat you want to show through. I also sponged a little off white and black in there while it was wet, for variety and veins. Good luck, and be sure to let me know if you do it in your family room. I'd love to know how it turns out! ~ Angie

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Such an amazing floor project! Thanks so much for sharing all your fantastic tips. :) Megan

Tool venture said...

Amazing! Great work!! I wonder how you this work. Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience.

ElenArt said...

Congratulations....You have done a very difficult but very very impressed work. I have the same problem with my floor tiles in my country home. They are in a terracota colour but they are very rough. Last summer I tried to varnish them with a stone varnish and now have started peeling in some parts. Now the floor is uglier than before. I don't Know what to do. I have thought to place other tiles above the old ones. But there will be another problem with the doors etc....The whole area is about 70 cm....I don't know if I will manage to do.....And I don't know if my husband will allow me to do so. But I am really very jealous of your beautiful floor. Love and Kisses from Helen...Athens....Greece.

William Stoneman said...

Great looking floor!!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Helen! Good luck with your floor. I hope it turns out well! Thanks for stopping by! ~ Angie

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks Bill! Happy New Year to you! ~ Angie

Victoria said...

thanx for sharing! This floor is gorgeous! Do you think your original floors were 'terrazo'??? That's what we have here in this Florida house, built in the early 60's. Now I want to do this in the few bedrooms here that are still just terrazo. {Most of our home has laminate wood floors now... But, I LOVE the tile look you've done!} I look forward to viewing more of your blog... found you from Debbie Doo's.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Our floor wasn't terazzo. I'd be hesitant to paint that because I actually like the look of it! Ours is called something like targanol. It's a textured, poured epoxy floor with colored flakes added to it while it was still liquid. Very reto. Very durable. Very dated! Thanks for stopping by! And for becoming a follower! ~ Angie

LoriB said...

I just bought the materials to do this after seeing this page this morning! Question though, I get that my first layer will be my grout line but the second layer... the associate at menards said I will put my mixed acrylic and polyurethane down as a full coat and then use the damp sponge to lift some of the paint while its still wet. Is that right?

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

That's right. Put the paint/poly mixture on one square at a time and while it's wet, you'll be sponging it off and creating a textured look. I would stongly recommend practicing on a board first to make sure you get the look that you like. It's not difficult, but you might want to get the hang of it before you start on your floor. Good luck! And please let me know how it turns out and send me some pictures when you finish! ~ Angie

Liam Thomas said...

Really impressed with your work, you have done a great job and the floor is looking fabulous, i will share this information with my wife, if she agrees we will also try this.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Thanks! The result was worth the effort. Thanks for stopping by, and let me know how yours turns out! ~ Angie

Anonymous said...

Hi this looks amazing, I'm very impressed! Thank for sharing, I will make an account here and follow your blog!

I would like to do something similar in a new house that I'm buying, it has Mexican Tile, regular tile and laminate. My idea is to rip off the laminate and paint the concrete, something like this project. I'm wondering if I can use the same paint for the tile floors as well... I would love to have the entire floor in the same color. Do you think that would work? Thanks! Sarah

LoriB said...

Well I'm down to touch ups... I did this on all 1200 sq ft of our basement. A lot nicer than if I painted a single color and a lot cheaper than an alternative. Thanks! Glad I did this but even more glad I'm almost done!

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

That's awesome! You have much more patience than me. I did well to finish a 300 square foot room! I'd love to see pictures of the room. If you get a chance send some to me at postcardsfromtheridge@gmail.com. Congrats on the project! ~ Angie

joy sordar said...

Nice work .Thanks for the share. Keep up writing so that we can get more informative blogs like this one.

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Granite Counter Tops Chandler said...

Nice Post !!!
Really did such a great job on that floor! awesome!!

epoxy flooring said...

Beautiful posting. Angie you have provide complete floor painting details on your article. Actually floor coating and painting is very hard work and I believe because I am flooring installation specialist. However thanks for sharing this helpful information.

G. Mack said...

Very, very nice job. We fully plan to do the same with an unfinished basement floor. I have a couple of questions for you, since it has been over 1-1/2 years from application.
1. Anything you would have done differently? You are still happy with products used?
2. Have you had any bad long-term effects on the surface? Yellowing, scratching, etc.
3. Did you have to re-seal, wax and what do you use for cleaning it?
Thanks, in advance.

G. Mack said...

Very, very nice job. We fully plan to do the same with an unfinished basement floor. I have a couple of questions for you, since it has been over 1-1/2 years from application.
1. Anything you would have done differently? You are still happy with products used?
2. Have you had any bad long-term effects on the surface? Yellowing, scratching, etc.
3. Did you have to re-seal, wax and what do you use for cleaning it?
Thanks, in advance.

G. Mack said...

Very, very nice floor, Angie! Now that it has been down for over 1-1/2 years I have a few questions before I undertake such a project.
I. Do you have any misgivings about the products you used?
2. Have you seen any long-term effects - yellowing, soft to scratch, blistering, etc.
3. Have you added another coat of sealer, waxed and what do you cleaning supplies do you recommend in cleaning it? Thanks in advance.

Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge said...

Hi, and thanks! To answer your questions, 1. Now that it's been a while, no, I wouldn't go back and change anything. It took me a while to finish the job, but I'm slow and it was worth it. 2. No yellowing, but we did scratch it just a bit when a bed was scooted across the floor. I should have put felt on the bottom of the bed posts and that wouldn't have happened. 3. I haven't had to do anything to it since I used products that were made specifically for floors. For cleaning it, a damp mop works fine, but you could also use something a little stronger like TSP if you had lots of surface dirt on it.

Let me know how your project turns out. I'd really love to know about it!

April Herrera said...

I'm thinking of painting my white ceramic tile floor and my yucky white ceramic kitchen counter tops. Would I use the same method you did for this?

Teresa said...

Awesome job!!!

Dorothy said...

I'm in love with this. I am needing to paint some floors so went to Pinterest and here I found you. I know I can't do it that nice but I'm sure going to give it a shot. I do have one question did use regular paint to sponge with or could I use those little bottles of paint you can get at Walmart like in the craft section???

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