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Faux Marble Flooring

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FAUX MARBLE FLOOR


I painted over 30-year-old 12 x 12 tile, applied with adhesive over concrete. Any marbling techniques I have found are difficult. Doing a large floor would be too hard to tackle with my arthritis and fibromyalgia. It took me 10 years to figure out this marbling method. It is easy and quick. A lot of work, but not difficult. The results are phenomenal and really wear well. Since I completed this job some time ago, I will show you demonstration pictures on hardboard.


Material list:

Zinsser Alkyd Enamel - for base coat  (tinted tan)
Cream acrylic paint
White acrylic paint
Dark Brown acrylic paint
Masking tape – I used ¼ inch tape that I purchase from a Quilting website.
Contact paper for masking designs.
Artist Brush
Torn pieces of copy paper
Plastic grocery bags
Polyurethane for flooring

Cost: I did a huge 20 x 21 foot area. It cost me about $200 to $250 in supplies. New flooring would have cost me 10 times that amount. I hate to buy what I can make or do.

 
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Step 1: Painting Stages on actual floor.

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1. First, clean floor well before painting, remove wax. I used the Zinsser Alkyd enamel because the floor is a high-traffic area. Paint the entire area. The Zinsser is indestructible. I had it tinted the color I wanted for grout lines. Let the paint cure for several days. If you are painting a floor, counter top, or anything with a gloss, your should use a product like Zinszer. If you are painting something other than a floor that will not get wear and tear, you can just use an acrylic paint. Mask the grout lines. Use the contact paper to mask alternate color small tiles. Include the grout lines in your measurement. Any design is possible, use your imagination. Unfortunately, I decoupaged the little square tiles, printed from my computer, on my floor, they do not wear all that well.
lisagd27 days ago
Great 'able! Do you have to mask off each square and do it separately, or can you do a few at a time?
pat gordon (author)  lisagd24 days ago
I masked large sections of tile, about 6 feet by 10, then I found I could paint, at most, about two to four tiles at once.
lemonie3 years ago
That is a good effect. Long-job?

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pat gordon (author)  lemonie3 years ago
Well, since it was filled with furniture, I did it a section at a time. I worked as large an area as my knees allowed. My husband said he expected to find me passed out on the floor in the morning. Then I let my knees and body recover for a while.

So, yes, it took me a long time. It was worth it, every thinks it is awesome.
hi :) i just want to ask if i can to this with my tile?

my tile is just as same as yours and we want to faux paint it into white marble effect, is it possible to get good results with this method? :) its our first time to do this.

thank you!
pat gordon (author)  askybbpapabull1 year ago
I hit the return button, and I don't know if my message disappeared or was sent. Use the right base paint, (it should be different than white, to show the grout lines), and choose the white and two other colors, maybe two different shades of grey. Make them three or four shades apart.

Don't be too concerned about perfection. Every tile will be different. That is what makes the floor look like real marble. Make sure you "splat" with the plastic bag, no twisting or turning. If you do the floor in sections, you may use a slightly different technique, that is okay. Believe me, the less I tried to control the process, the better is turned out. That's what I love, the looseness of the whole process. Good luck, write if you have any questions.
tinker2342 years ago
i really like the look of this it is way easier than marble
snooky83 years ago
You would never believe this is 30 year old tile. Finished job is just beautiful.
pat gordon (author)  snooky83 years ago
Thank you! We have clever people in our family

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