With no way to replace flooring, I decided to paint my tile floor to look like faux brick.
We’re coming into week 4 of the $100 Room challenge and this week I’m taking on faux brick! (FYI There isn’t a week 3 for me because I took that week off.)
I introduced my laundry room and the dilemma of the cracked tile floor. I already have practice since I stenciled my office flooring. This time, I wanted to try my hand at a faux brick pattern stencil.
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Kilz Primer The paint said it didn’t need a primer, but I wasn’t going to leave this to chance.
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Matte: There is a protective coating that Rust-Oleum recommended with the paint. However, this is the protective coating I used with my other floor that worked really well.
Priming the floor
I painted the primer coat using a brush to get the grout and the edges of the tile. I then came back through with the foam roller to paint the rest of the tile. I allowed the primer to dry according to the instructions.
Painting the base coat.
After the primer dried, I painted a coat of the white Rust-Oleum Floor coating and allowed it to dry. It is important to note, this particular paint will dry tacky. I didn’t not know this and thought that I had messed something up.
Faux brick stencil
Next, using painters tape I secured the faux brick stencil to the floor. This is where you’ll need to check your inner perfectionist at the door.
Speaking of the door, I started there with the faux brick stencil. Mostly because it was important that the faux brick design lined up when you first walked into the room.
Using the charcoal gray Rust-Oleum floor paint and foam roller, I started laying down the design. I did thinner coats of paint, because that allowed the paint to dry quicker. I didn’t worry about complete coverage of the faux bricks because I knew I would be adding more paint later.
**Tip** When using a stencil and a roller, try not to push the paint as it will bleed under the stencil. You will also want to wipe the stencil off on the bottom to prevent ghost transfer of the stencil.
The faux brick stencil had tiny triangles to help me line up the design, but they were not the best to see. Once the full faux brick stencil was done, I went in with a paint brush to add the faux brick look to the painted floor. I used the white, the charcoal gray, and made a third middle gray color. This next part was fun.
Finishing the faux brick
Using the brush, I added varying colors to the faux brick.
I followed up with a paper towel to mix them all to give the faux brick stencil a weathered look.
I hand painted each faux brick, but this part was cool because each faux brick is different. After all the full sized faux bricks were done, I went in and did the partial faux bricks. This required me to use only parts of the stencil.
Any places in what would be the grout of the faux brick, I used and the white paint to clean up. The coverage with this paint was pretty impressive.
Finally, after the paint had fully dried, I added two coats of the Minwax Polycrylic. Yes the Rust-Oleum system has its own topcoat, but to keep within the $100 budget for this refresh, I used what I had on hand. I used the polycrylic for my last floor stencil project and it has worn really well and not yellowed.
Final thoughts and budget for the faux brick floor.
I’m glad I asked around about the floor being tacky after I painted. I was not aware that this was common with the Rust-Oleum floor paint. Overall I was very happy with the coverage and how easy the paint was to work with. No, I did not paint under the washer and dryer, and I sort of had to wing it when the faux brick stencil was under there. The paint also came off super easy from the front of the washer and dryer.
I did have to step back several times to make sure I actually liked the look of the faux brick stencil. I honestly feel like the faux brick turned out just how I envisioned it in my head. This faux brick flooring is a great way to extend the life on the tile until I’m ready to replace the floor completely.
Let’s see how I’m doing on the budget:
-Rust-Oleum Floor paint- 2 quarts $39.96
-Faux Brick Stencil- $20.99
I already had the Minwax Polycrylic, painters tape, and foam rollers on hand.
Next week is the final reveal and I might have one more trick up my sleeve.
Don’t forget to check on the progress of all of the other projects!.