This might be my favorite blog post of all time! Today I’m talking about my Faux Cement Tile Painted Floors!!! Yes! I completely transformed our dated peachy tile by painting it! If you’re confused about why this is my One Room Challenge post it’s because these floors travel ALL the way into the mudroom that I’m redoing for the ORC.
This was the “before”. It wasn’t horrendous, but it also wasn’t my style. In the mudroom I also had some serious tile repairs to make before I could even paint. The old grout was all cracked and these tiles rocked and were no longer adhered to the subfloor. Because I was going to be painting I wasn’t worried about matching the tile or the grout, and then it ended up matching perfectly… which never would have happened if I was trying to match.
I absolutely LOVE Amy Howard One Step Paint and knew that I wanted to use it on the floor. I started out with one coat of “Good Man is Hard to Find“. **Contains Affiliate Links**
After rolling the first coat I decided that “Good Man is Hard to Find” was just too blue, and I decided to mix it with Black One Step Paint.
I actually loved this color so much that I contemplated just leaving my floors this color! It looked like slate tile and really looked awesome. But my heart’s desire was cement tile like these ones that I laid out.
I contacted StencilsOnline and had them create a custom stencil for me. I just uploaded a picture of the tile and gave them the dimensions of my tiles (12″). The were super efficient and amazing to work with. The stencils end up getting some wear and tear, so I ended up two more stencils for this project totaling around $90 with shipping.
This was the SLOW painstaking work where I listened to every podcast under the sun. “Missing Richard Simmons”, “The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey”, “Young House Love has a Podcast”, “Chris Loves Julia”, “Serial”, “One Extraordinary Podcast”, and “Tapestry” to be exact! I don’t even know how many hours went into stenciling.
After rolling all the stencils, I used two art brushes in black and white to touch up anywhere that the stencil had bled.
As you can see at this point I still didn’t have the edges stenciled.
So I laid the stencil in those squares and traced the lines with a sharpie. Then I used the art brush to paint those tiles.
FINALLY when it was all done I sealed this floor like crazy with this sealer. Amy Howard also has a great sealer but it was out of stock at the time. Actually I sealed the black floor twice, then I sealed it twice more once it was stenciled. Then two more coats once I stenciled the edges. So it has a total of 6 coats of sealer! I sealed using a paint roller. Was it all worth it?? I’d say YES! Honestly I can probably give you a better answer once I know how it holds up over time. I’m hoping all that sealer pays off.
Maybe you caught a glimpse of that barn door at the end of the hallway? I built it the same way that I built the closet french doors and hung it using my barn door hardware tutorial. Soon I’ll share an entire post about the barn door. I still need to add the handle too.
Let’s get back to those beautiful floors though. I also carried them into our powder bathroom.
Here’s a peek looking back towards the living room.
Here it is looking into the kitchen. I love this tile so much that I’m considering using the real cement tile as my kitchen backsplash.
Hopefully a new storm door is on our agenda for this summer, but this floor makes the entry so amazing!
I also LOVE the way that the new floor looks with my updated staircase. Because reveal week is next week, I don’t want to share too much of the mudroom, but the truth is that the floor isn’t even done in there yet! I’m waiting on my second and third stencil to arrive and then I’ll get that floor stenciled. The first too stencils were just too gunked up with paint to use. If you’re looking to see the prior week’s ORC posts you can find those here:
Week 1- Mood Board
Week 3- Mudroom Cabinets
Week 4- Wallpaper and Live Edge Bench
Just for dramatic effect, here are a few side by side “Before” and “Afters”.
Thank you so much for stopping by today! If you love this look, or hate your tile I think it’s a great solution. I want to thank Amy Howard for providing the paint for this project. I’ve used their paint time and time again and it is hands down my favorite paint.
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