Many people dream of having marble floors, but far fewer have the luxury of tossing cash into fancy floor tiles. So what's the solution? Laminate is out of the question, and there are some areas of the house where carpeting and hardwood just don't cut it. So...
You paint the marble on, obviously!
Don't worry. It's easier than it looks.
Here's what you'll need:
- Zinsser Alkyd enamel
- Cream, white, and dark brown acrylic paint
- Masking tape
- Contact paper
- Artist brush
- Torn pieces of copy paper
- Plastic grocery bags
- Polyurethane for flooring
Before you begin painting the base of Zinsser Alkyd enamel, make sure to thoroughly clean the floors and remove any wax, so your paint will stick.
This is just an example of what you would do on your actual floor recreated on a piece of cardboard, but it's the same exact process.
First, tape off the tiles individually, covering the surrounding area with contact paper.
Swirl the cream acrylic in random swooshes. (Use a little less white acrylic.)
Add some brown spots, too.
Next, grab a plastic bag and trap some air inside of it.
Smudge it all together, but don't drag it across...just pat the bag against the paint.
While the first layer is still wet, create the marble-like veins.
Do this by taking torn paper, squirting some white acrylic on the edge, and blending it into the tile along the edge.
Remember that real marble tiles won't ever look the same, so vary the vein patterns for each of your painted tiles, too!
Once it's all dry, carefully peel off the tape. Then, prepare your contact paper to move onto the next tile!
For the small tiles, either paint them or decoupage a printout. Then, use several coats of polyurethane to guard everything from wear and tear.
Note the tiles on the right are darker and have more depth...that's the polyurethane at work.
There you have it! With just a little creativity, you avoided dropping a truckload of cash on flooring.
As always, your imagination is the limit. Switch up the colors to match your decor, make a crazy pattern with the contact paper, or try to imitate any number of other stones. Maybe granite is next? Now that you know the basics...get at it! An elegant floor is just a few coats of paint away.