Update your ordinary concrete floors with
museum-quality faux marble finish

While marble flooring looks cool and classy, it can be expensive and can get scratched easily. If you want the look without the hefty price tag, give your floor an update with a faux marble finish.

1st Class Realty agent M.G. Stellpflug and his wife, Becky, recently had the floors in their Owl Road house professionally done, but share that the technique is easy enough to do yourself if you have the inclination, and time.

 

Step 1: Clean the floors

To achieve a real-marble finish, it’s important to begin with clean concrete. Sweep the floors and use a small vacuum to remove all of the dirt in the corners and on all surfaces.

Step 2: Remove blemishes

To get rid of unwanted stains, fill a bucket with hot water and oil-free soap. Sponge-wash the concrete floor. Let dry completely before moving on to the next step. 

Step 3: Apply Painter’s Tape

Tape off your wall where it meets with the concrete or in the nooks and places where the concrete is separated by runners or carpet.

Step 4: Prime time

Because concrete is porous, it will soak up paint. Therefore, you’ll want to be sure to cover your concrete floor with a high-quality primer, using long, even strokes with a paint roller. Start from the back of the wall and work forward to give yourself working space. Let dry and apply a second coat if needed. Note: Some cement might take up to four coats of primer.

Step 5: Select your colors

The easiest way to select paint colors for a faux marbel look is to compare your colors to pieces of actual marble. Marble is often two-tone, so the best way to match those colors is to take a photo of your desired selection to the paint or home improvement store with you. There, they’ll be able to help you color match for the right tones. Note: that you will need to choose three colors to create this affect, a darker hue, a lighter one, and white.

Step 6: Paint a test swatch

To test your colors, first paint a broad swatch onto the concrete with your darkest color. Be sure to separate the swatches, so they don’t overlap. When the dark swatches are dry, connect them with the lighter color to create thin “veins.” Hint: Make a web between swatches, using real marble as your inspiration and guide.

Step 7: Apply sealant

After the paint is dry, add a layer or two of sealant to protect your new faux marble paint job, and polish leisurely to keep floors looking up to snuff. 

By: Jen C. Kocher

The floor was done by Billings-based ProCrete Concrete Flooring with a metallic epoxy and urethane, clear top coat. They removed the existing epoxy coating with a concrete floor grinder then put a light gray epoxy base coat down. After the epoxy cured out overnight, they trawled out the pearl-colored epoxy on the floor, then mixed in the gunmetal color. After the epoxy was dry, they applied the clear urethane top coat.

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