Nothing says luxurious like cool slabs of expensive marble, but you don't need to break the bank to achieve the look. If you've got a poured cement floor, create a beautiful, faux-marble look with paint. Once you've picked your desired marble pattern, decided on the base colour, and selected additional colours for the veining, get to work creating your masterpiece.
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Things you need
- Floor paint in base colour
- Acrylic or floor paint in secondary colours
- Small plastic containers
- Paint Rollers
- Spray bottle
- Natural sponges (optional)
- Clearcoat or sealant
Apply two coats of the base colour across the entire floor, using paint rollers and following the instructions on the can. It may be necessary to clean and treat your floors before application of the base colour.
Thin your veining colours. Pour a portion from the cans into the small plastic containers and add water--approximately 3/4 paint to 1/4 water. This will give your veins a translucent quality that will allow the base colour to show through as it does in actual marble. Adjust the amount of water and paint to make your veining more opaque or translucent.
Paint large veins on a section of the floor. Use one of your widest flat brushes and the second-most prominent colour in your marble pattern. To create realistic veins, begin painting with the broad, flat side against the floor. Then, slowly twirl the brush as you pull out so that the vein begins to thin, ending the vein on the narrow side of the flat brush. Marble is naturally organic, so vary your strokes as if you are painting lightning bolts or plant roots.
Continue the veining out and across these initial veins in the same colour, using your small, round detail brush. Again keeping images of lightning bolts and plant roots in mind, paint smaller branches of veins coming off the main veins across the floor to enhance the realism of the look. Spray the veins with a light coat of water from the spray bottle as you work to keep the paint from drying or you will wind up with harsh lines in your veins in spots where you've attached these smaller veins to the larger ones.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 with your remaining colour selections, using increasingly smaller flat and round brushes as you go to mimic the receding colour palette of your selected marble pattern. Let all the veining dry in between each application to prevent colours from bleeding into one another, unless your selected pattern would be enhanced by such bleeding.
Dip your natural sponges in the appropriate thinned-out colours and dab sparingly on top of your veining work if your marble pattern also has flecks. To soften the look of these flecks, and to keep it from covering too much of your veining work, blot your sponge work with a damp rag before it dries. Allow your marbling work to dry.
Top off the floor with a clearcoat or a sealant to protect your work from peeling and scuffing.
Tips and warnings
- Add more water to darker colours to keep them thinner and prevent them from looking too stark and unrealistic. You may also want to paint the darker colours first and allow your lighter colours to overlap them to reduce their intensity.
- Marbling has an organic look, so take care to keep your veining work unpredictable. Change direction and width of your veins as you work to keep your veining from looking too uniform and unrealistic.
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