DIY Tutorial - Terrazzo Floor

Can you paint tiled floors?  Absolutely yes!  Read on to find out how I created a bold terrazzo effect for minimal cost

We all have that room in our home that has a feature we absolutely hate.

Mine was the tiled floor in our ensuite bathroom. Looking back, we were thigh deep in a renovation that was sending us bat shit crazy whilst living in a rented cottage that had plants growing out of the carpet, so in all fairness our decision making process had gone straight out the window by the time it came to choosing tiles.

For some reason unknown to man, from the plethora of tiles on offer in the tile shop we selection one the colour of... well, to be polite, the gift that Margot (our French Bulldog) leaves for me each morning on the grass.

To say I loathed it was an understatement.  

Ripping it all up and laying a replacement wasn't on the cards so I had to find an alternative that could be achieved relatively simply and cost effectively.

Come on in Terrazzo Floor of dreams!

Mmmmm to be fair it wasn't quite as easy at that... BUT!  I promise you it really wasn't overly hard and I am by no means an artist, so if I can achieve a pleasing outcome then I'm positive that you guys will be able to as well.

You will need -

~ Sugar spray for cleaning

~ Masonry paint of your choice for base coat

~ Three or four colour tester pots for main part of design and black paint for smaller detail.  I used normal emulsion.

~ Masking tape to protect skirting boards.  I must admit I did mine free hand but I am a bit hung-ho about shiz like that.

~ Small foam roller and paint tray.

~ Four good quality paint brushes for small detailing.

~ Polyvine Heavy Duty Floor Varnish.  I used dead flat for a very matt finish.  Here is a link for where I purchased mine from.


Prep!  I know, I know, it's the step that we all can't be arsed with but when it comes to painting a floor it is kind of essential.  Make sure any damages are filled and any rough areas are sanded to a smooth finish.  Clean thoroughly with a sugar spray cleaner and a lint free cloth.  Mask skirting boards if you are doing this.


Are you with me so far?  Good stuff, the next bit is easy peasy I promise!

I opted for masonry paint for the base coat.  You can also use tile paint.  I didn't bother with priming first because masonry paint should adhere to tiles ok.  I chose brilliant white because I wanted the terrazzo design to really pop and have a nice fresh finish. I applied three coats of paint with a small foam roller, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between.


Now comes the fun part! 

Disclaimer - I am not an artist.  I managed to create this effect by painting the terrazzo free hand.  I wanted a large scale terrazzo pattern and the only stencils I could find were of a much smaller design. Also, being completely transparent, I really couldn't be bothered with the faff of a stencil and felt I would end up in a big, paint splattered mess if I tried.

The key to getting a premium finish is to have good quality paint brushes, in varying sizes but small enough for detailed work.  I chose four colours - pink, dark green, ochre and grey-beige.  These are your main colours which you will use for the large terrazzo segments.  You will also need black paint and a very fine brush to create the black detailing.

Paint your terrazzo pattern, trying to make each one irregular and as random as possible.  I found it best not to overthink this part and just let my design evolve as I went. Depending on the colours you have chosen, you may need to do two or three coats.  If you are painting a large area it could be best to do this in stages so you can still access areas of the room if needed.


Once you are happy with your design, allow it to completely dry overnight.

The most important step of this process if you want your floor to last is to seal it sufficiently.  I used Polyvine Heavy Duty Floor Varnish in dead flat.  I wanted an absolutely matt finish and this did what it said on the bottle.  This varnish is totally clear, ultra hard and fast drying.

Apply liberally with a wide paint brush and make sure you take it right into the edges around the skirting boards and any other objects to make sure the seal is perfect so no moisture can get through.  

There really is no finesse needed with this step.  Just slap it on and let it dry!

Apply at least three coats for a rock hard finish.

And voila!  I am absolutely over the moon with the end result!  Even Mr Luxe agrees that it looks great and he hates any DIY paint updates generally!

Please feel free to get in touch with any questions!

Lots of love Gemma x



Disclaimer - I am by no means an expert DIY-er and I am not a professional decorator.  I am simply sharing my experience of painting my floor as I hope it will be of help and inspiration to you all. Please thoroughly do your research before taking on any project like this.


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