Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hand painted Faux Slate Tile Floor

Hand painted Faux Slate Tile Floor on Concrete Floor
base coat of concrete floor paint, then 12" 'tiles' laid out using 3/4" 'frog tape'
painters tape and a yard stick to keep the lines straight.
I measured to find the centre of the area and worked out from there
I used 5 shades of acrylic paint for the tiles.
I mixed these 5 shades to create even more shades,
but basically each 12" square starts with one of the main shades
then other shades are sponged or rubbed on, to create the look of slate.
I didn't really have a plan, just varied each tile and stood back
after each one was painted to see if I liked how it was turning out
and to decide what the next tile main shade should be.

The 5 shades used were;  gray/blue, brown, light tan, deep red and white.
I used kitchen sponges, sea sponges, sponge sticks and rags
to apply the acrylic paint to create the look of natural stone.
I used disposable plastic trays from the dollar store to mix the paints in,
 the low trays make it easy to dip the sponges into the paint.

When the paint was dry, I carefully removed the tape then I used a 3/4" flat artist
brush to paint the faux grout lines free hand using a light gray paint.
Very tedious, but worth it!  
I used the piece of white foam to kneel on while I painted.

Hand painted Faux Slate Tile Floor
on Concrete basement Floor
I let the paint dry for two days before finishing with two coats of satin finish concrete sealer.  Baseboards and stair railing to come....
Very happy with the results!
It took about 16 hours from start to finish not including the base coat.
Now it just needs the baseboards and stair railing installed!

Para SuperGrip epoxy fortified acrylic enamel for floors
was used as the base coat on the entire basement floor.
Can be tinted any shade, I used Benjamin Moore 'Maryville Brown'
2 coats covered beautifully!
The walls are Benjamin Moore 'Boardwalk'

The stair runners are jute rectangles secured with two way carpet tape -
easily lifted or changed.  I didn't want to commit to a laid down runner with staples and bars...I love the walnut wood steps and didn't want to cover them too much.
I like the rustic quality of the jute and it's simple to sweep off.  I don't have to drag out the vacuum cleaner.  Have I mentioned how much I HATE to vacuum!

Railing finished and baseboards (almost finished) 
one year later and the floor paint is just as good looking!  So Happy!!!
 the rest of the basement...more baseboards still to come!
 the fireplace and tv area
the gym and lounge area (bar not shown)

So ...  I was asked how I decided on painted concrete....well, this is a big walkout basement and we live on a lake where the water table is high and we really didn't know when we moved in 2 1/2 years ago if we were going to have water problems or dampness in the basement.  It is Ontario and we sometimes get alot of snow which means alot of melting in the spring.  Hardwood or laminate was out until we really knew if we were going to have water in the basement.  Did I mention how much I HATE to vacuum???  Wall to Wall carpeting, while it would have been warm and cozy and beautiful, was definitely out.   Area rugs were as far I was willing to go!  AND most importantly...drum roll please....I am frugal!  I never pay full price for anything and if I can do it myself, even better!  The gym area has 2x2 rubber floor tiles from Costco covering the floor under the exercise equipment. Total cost of the paint for the floor was under $150. for three gallons of floor paint, 1 gallon of sealer and various artist's acrylic paints for the 'tiles'.  Down the road, if I want to change it, no big deal.  There is nothing to rip out.  I can just paint over it.


  1. I love it. What did you use to seal it with? Brand, please? I was thinking Verathane waterbased floor sealer if you used the above concrete sealer would be fine. Beautiful!


  2. Thanks Kimberly, the sealer I used is 'Stone Mason Premium Water based Concrete Sealer'. It goes on slightly white and dries clear within an hour. I used two coats of the sealer.

  3. Very well done! I love how the colors contrast perfectly with each other. The earth tones make a soothing appeal all over the stairway. I must say this is one of the finest projects I have read about in a long time. Once again, applause for your marvelous accomplishment! Thanks a lot for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!

  4. I have had stained concrete floors for 6 years. I used the actual concrete stain..magnolia color. And I used the recommended concrete floor sealer by the local dealers. I will tell you,....3 coats, 24 hours in between each, it was not worth it. I love my stained floors. Don't waste your money on concrete sealer. I checked with 3 different states. I have scratch marks all over my floors, and it has a film that will not come off. No, I did not wax it. I was told to redo mine. With warm water, NO cleaner. And seal in Polyurethane. You should see them now. BEAUTIFUL! And our shoes do not scratch it!! Just letting you know....

  5. At first look it really does look like tiles. If this is what you see when you enter the basement, I am quite curious to see what the rest of the basement looks like. That is such amazing work I agree that the colors do contrast perfectly with each other. If this is your basement floor I can just imagine your living room! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy with how it turned out.

  6. this looks great.
    now that you have lived with this for a while do you still like it? has the paint held up. how do you clean it?

  7. Hi Denise, the paint has stood up very well. I'm posting more pics today which is almost one year to the day that I painted the floor and I love it! Plus the baseboards are 'almost' finished, another week and we are done!
    I sweep it once or twice a week and when it's mucked up I mop with hot water.

  8. Great job .Thanks for sharing such an amazing blog.Keep up writing.

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    1. Hi Joy, Thanks for reading my blog!

  9. I just finished the blog. Really very helpful. Thanks for sharing such an amazing blog.
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    1. Thank you Maruf. I'm glad you found my blog helpful!

  10. this would also be a beautiful accent wall

  11. Could this be done on ceramic tile?

    1. The technique could be done on ceramic tile but using ceramic paints not acrylic. I have painted a border around a ceramic tile floor and it turned out fine. I bought the ceramic paint at Michaels Arts and Crafts.

  12. Love the jute on the stairs. I feel the same about runners. Where did you get the jute rectangles?? I also am in Ontario in York Region.

    1. Hi
      I found the runners on ebay two years ago, from US seller.

  13. Nice article and great knowledge about slate tile flooring. I love this story and enjoy with your words!

  14. I would love to do this to my basement but I have no clue how to start. Can you tell me step by step on how you did it. What's the name of the acrylic paint you used. is that Benjamin Moore. Did you etch the floor before painting?

  15. Here are the steps:
    1. I started by giving the unfinished concrete a good vacuuming with the shop vac. If you have big cracks in the concrete, fill with latex caulking and use a putty knife to smooth it out and remove the excess, then let it dry. Don't worry about hairline cracks as these add to the look of the finished 'slate'. I did not etch the floor at all.
    2. I painted the entire floor with 'Para SuperGrip epoxy fortified acrylic enamel for floors', it can be tinted any shade, and I used Benjamin Moore 'Maryville Brown'. I painted two coats a day apart and let it dry for about a week before starting the 'tiles'
    3. With a measuring tape I measured out the area for the tile squares and I found the center of the area, then I measured out 12" in all directions towards the walls and I cut a 12" piece of cardboard and centered it over the center point of the floor and using the 12" marks it was easy to get the 1st square straight in relation to the walls. I drew a line all the way around the square. Now this is important, you don't want a sliver of a tile where the floor meets the wall, so, lay out your 12" cardboard all across the floor to each wall and make sure you don't end up with a sliver of tile at the wall, in my pictures you can see that there is at least a quarter of a tile or more at wall edges. So just move that very first center tile as much as needed to fix this.

  16. 4. I put the 3/4" frog tape around the outside of this first square. With a pencil, yardstick and my 12" cardboard square, I marked out a diagonal pattern of 12" tiles across the area. Then using 3/4" frog tape, I placed the tape against the line, then using the 12" cardboard drew another line from the edge of the tape, so each square or tile is 12" and the tape lines are 3/4". This is very tedious and time consuming and the boring part.
    5. So at this point all of the tape is down and each square or tile is 12" square with 3/4" tape in between them.
    6. I used artist's acrylic paint. It comes in small bottles at the dollar store and bought two bottles each of 5 colours. The 5 shades used were; gray/blue, brown, light tan, deep red and white.
    Then I mixed colours together to get even more shades. I used kitchen sponges, sea sponges, sponge brushes and rags to apply the acrylic paint to create the look of natural stone. I started with the sponge brush and put down the base colour for the first tile in the corner and worked out from there. I didn't rinse it out, just went to the next colour and painted the base colour for the next tile and so on, so that there were 5 different base colours of the tiles. I worked on 5 tiles at a time. Then I played with the sponges and rags until I was happy with the look of the fake slate. I had a picture of my real slate floor to kind of work from as well but just find a picture of a slate floor you like on line or in a magazine and copy it. You can choose any shades, that you like, these were just my choices.
    I used disposable plastic trays from the dollar store to mix the paints in. The low trays make it easy to dip the sponges into the paint without making a huge mess. Tin foil trays will work too. Get lots of disposable gloves too - it's messy.
    7. Use a chunk of foam, knee pads, or an old pillow to kneel on - painting the floor is killer on the knees and back so take lots of stretch breaks.
    8. When the floor was dry I removed all of the tape.
    9. I used a 3/4" flat brush to paint the faux grout lines free hand using a light gray acrylic paint. Use a colour that compliments your floor. I didn't worry about being perfectly straight, so it looks more natural.
    10. I let the paint dry for two days before finishing with two coats of satin finish concrete sealer that I got at home depot. It was their own brand I think. I did one coat in the morning and 1 coat at noon and I could walk on it that night.

    I've had people say it won't wear well, won't last, will scratch, but I can honestly say it's almost 3 years and it still looks great. I don't drag furniture across it or anything like that but we do wear our shoes in the house and have two dogs. I am going to add another coat of sealer this fall, just in case though and I'm thinking I will paint on a coat of the sealer every 3 years or so just to be safe.

    Next stand back and admire your inexpensive 'slate' floor.

  17. You will never see this slate stone ever,very cool than you can imagine

  18. Great !! Can you upload a youtube video for the steps in case you have it ? How much will it cost to paint tiles of area 400 sq ft ? (LIVING ROOM )

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    While these items are often called concrete floor paint they are truly dyes or water-based acrylic discolorations developed particularly for concrete. Real concrete floor paint spots and dyes breathe so any wetness within the concrete does not get caught below the surface area, triggering the topical color to blister.

  22. This is so beautiful. How is it holding up after a couple more years?

    I have been house shopping and very put off by generic white tile everywhere. Ick. So nice to know it could be converted to look like what you've done here without having to rip up and replace the floor. You did a fantastic job. Thank you so much for posting about it!