Faux-Tile Floor

from Creative Home
A hallmark of French country living is a natural stone floor. If that's not an option, make your plywood floor resemble stone with this step-by-step floor treatment.

To get the look of natural-stone tile on a plywood floor, tape off squares across the room. Then treat each "tile" with three glazes to create the appearance of worn natural stone. Finish your floor by adding a pretty floorcloth to round out the French look.

Gather Your Supplies

  • Sherwin-Williams water-base floor paint: Argos #SW7065
  • Paint roller: smooth-surface roller with extension handle
  • Plaid 1/4-inch-wide grout tape #30117
  • Plaid Durable Color: Mojave Sunset #53306
  • Plaid FolkArt glazing medium #991
  • Roller tray
  • 3 Plaid French brushes #30122
  • Plaid Decorator Glazes: Linen White #53505, Plate Blue #53515
  • Plaid FolkArt Artist’s Pigment: Burnt Umber #462 (BU)
  • Soft utility sponge
  • Polyurethane or acrylic sealer

Start to Finish
1. Base-coat the floor with Argos. Let dry for 24 hours or more.
2. Tape off tiles in desired size with grout tape.
3. Combine equal parts Mojave Sunset and glazing medium in a roller tray. Starting in the upper left corner of the floor, roll the glaze mixture on three tiles, working left to right. Using a French brush, stroke small amounts of Plate Blue and Linen White glaze randomly in each square to create a blended, natural-tile look.
4. In a small container, mix equal parts of BU and glazing medium. Use a sponge to work the brown glaze lightly throughout each stone to create shadows. Glaze each stone individually so the colors won’t bleed into the neighboring stones; this will make them appear as natural, individually cut stones.
5. Repeat this process, continuing to the right, then move on to the next row of stones. Repeat until all the tiles are painted. Let dry 48 hours; remove tape.
6. To antique tiles and grout, use a mixture of 2 ounces BU and 8 ounces glazing medium. Let dry at least 24 hours.
7. Apply polyurethane or acrylic sealer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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