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Faux Wood Floor

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This is a great DIY project to give your cement floor a rustic makeover—without breaking the bank!! The cost of re-tiling this basement floor with faux wood tiles was an estimated $5,000. I was able to paint the cement to resemble the same wood tile I found at the home improvement store, spending a mere $300. Guess what—you can too!
In order to do this project, your concrete floor must be very clean. First, I sanded, vacuumed, and filled in any cracks and holes with cement filler (which is available at any home improvement store). Follow along as I give a step-by-step guide on how to create a stunning faux wood with paint. This technique isn't limited to floors: It can also be used on walls and furniture. As a frame of reference, the space I worked with was 600 sq FT. Please adjust your supplies to whatever sized space you’re working with.

      SUPPLY LIST

  • 1 gallon Low Sheen Benjamin Moore Porch and Floor Paint
  • 3 sample pint paints: 1 in Cloud White, 1 Deep Creek & 1 in Topeka Taupe
  • 2 quarts of Acrylic Glaze
  • Wood grain tool (you can purchase these online, or at a home supply store)
  • Rolls of painter’s tape
  • 1 gallon acrylic polyurethane low luster sheen (Clear Coat)... I like Benjamin Moore's.
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Paint your designated area with the Porch and Floor Paint, and allow to dry. Then, mix up your three pint colors (the Cloud White, Deep Creek, and Topeka Taupe) in separate containers, each with the acrylic glaze. For each container, you will want a ratio of one part paint to three parts glaze.

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Here is the tile I found at the home improvement store. I used it as a template to mark the entire floor with my faux wood design. I suggest purchasing one to use as a stencil and guide.

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You’ll want to tape off the tile section you’re painting. Next, take your Topeka Taupe/glazing mixture, and brush it across the taped area.

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Then, brush across the taped area with the Deep Creek Glaze, and then finally the Cloud White.

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Now take your wood grain tool and drag it across the glaze mixture. Allow to dry and remove the tape.

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Now work your way across the floor, taping alternating sections in a tile pattern. Be sure that the Porch and Floor base has dried before painting on your glaze mixture. Yes, this part will be time-consuming, but oh so worth it: by the end, you’ll have what looks like an authentic wood floor, at a sixth of the price!
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I love to see your projects! Please share what you created with your wood grain tool 🙂

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    How to Color Glaze Walls

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    You can apply the technique of “faux glazing,” (also known as color washing) in order to accent walls, furniture, and entire rooms (you can also go for a linen look, as shown in my previous blog post, “How to Paint a Flag” )...

    My first blog post was a lot about glazing, and I thought maybe I should talk more about this basic technique that has so many applications. You can glaze anything from walls to furniture, and it's great for adding depth, softness, and texture.

    I mixed three different glaze colors by using one part latex paint to five parts glaze. You can adjust the ratio depending on how translucent you want your glaze to be (more glaze=lighter color). The colors I used here are Labrador Blue, Amethyst Shadow, and North Sea.

    First, I painted the walls in Blue Haze with in an eggshell finish

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    With your paint brush spread out paint color in an even pattern across the wall. It's quicker and easier to have a separate brush for each different color and glaze that you’re using.

    Here, you can see all the different glaze colors spread across the wall. Pro Tip: I like to tape off the borders of each wall (you can see green painter’s tape on the adjacent wall). This makes for a cleaner look and ensures no overlapping.

    Next, take a clean cotton rag and sponge at the glaze, breaking up the brush marks and leaving behind an interesting texture. You can also use a sea sponge.

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    With a clean, dry, soft, natural bristle brush, start brushing at your glaze to soften and blend the rag marks.

    You can also soften your glaze in certain spots by "pouncing" at it with the tip of your fluffy brush (that’s artsy-speak for blending with repeated, bouncy dabs). Keep working the area until you’re satisfied.

    Wait at least 12 hours for your wall to dry, and then apply a clear coat. I like to use a matte finish. Pro Tip: it's important to seal your glaze, as they are NOT durable and can come off your wall with little effort.

    Now step back, and enjoy what you’ve created!

    Have a project in mind and want to leave it up to the pro? Call me for free estimate! We can discuss different options today!

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    How to Paint a British Flag Mural

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    “Anglophilia,” or an appreciation for all things British, has been on the rise in America since Beatlemania struck. In modern times, our British friends are just as celebrated as ever. The British flag carries a fun connotation, bringing to mind pop culture heroes such as the Spice Girls, Harry Potter, Austin Powers, and the Royals. This year’s Best Actress at the Oscars, Olivia Colman, is British!

    I had all this in mind when a client recently called me to do a mural in her child’s room. She loved the Union Jack flag concept, envisioning red shelves to compliment it. I loved the idea of softening the flag with a linen-like fade, so as to make the sleeping area more calming. (Side bar: I love all things linen!!)

    I’m going to take you through the process step-by-step, so you can replicate this at home!!

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                     SUPPLY LIST

    • 1 gallon eggshell white paint (I really like Benjamin Moore Paints!)
    • 1 quart eggshell paint in Old Navy
    • 1 quart eggshell paint in Million Dollar Red
    • 1 quart eggshell paint in Shoreline
    • 2 quarts of Acrylic Glaze
    • Roll of painter’s tape
    • 1 gallon acrylic polyurethane low luster sheen (Clear Coat)
    • Leveling Tool
    • Measuring tape
    • Brushes (at least one 6 inches wide for glazing, I like natural bristles)
    • Paint roller and tray
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    Step 1

    Paint your designated area with the eggshell white paint and allow to dry. Then begin sectioning off the cross down the center of your mural. I suggest doing the red sections first, then the old navy blue. You’ll want to use a pencil, level tool and measuring tape to get it as approximate as possible. (you can refer to my homemade template pictured here!)

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    Step 2

    Now for the fun part: GLAZING! A good glaze-over is the key to creating the beachy fade. You’ll mix up your lime wash with 1 quart of glazing medium and approximately 4 ounces of eggshell paint (I used Shoreline). You’ll want to apply it over the flag in broad, horizontal strokes. Below you will find a YouTube video of me applying the lime wash.

    Allow the glaze to dry 8 hours. Next, you’ll want to apply a protective clear coat with a roller. Let dry at least 4 hours.

    Step 3

    Next apply another layer of lime wash, this time in vertical strokes. The idea is to create a crosshatch “linen” pattern by working the glaze in opposite directions. (Pro-tip: when applying more than one layer of lime wash glaze, apply clear coat in between the dried layers. Glaze creates depth and dimension to your work).

    Let dry overnight and add a final clear coat for extra protection.

    And Voila - you’re done! Please share with me how this goes for you. 🙂 I love to see pictures!!

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