Kitchen Tile Floor Ideas

Kitchen Tile Floor Ideas

Painting faux-stone effects

Real marble and stone floors are beyond the means of most people but can be imitated easily and cheaply using paint. Stone-effect techniques look very convincing as they are rarely examined close to; being on such a large scale, the eye takes in an impression rather than focusing on detail. Use painted stone effects where the genuine material would be used. For example, a hallway can be given a palatial air by painting alternating black-and-white faux-marble squares or coloured-marble panels over the whole floor. For floors in poor condition, or if you find the texture of cement or chipboard unforgiving, a covering layer of plywood will provide a more sympathetic surface.

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The paint techniques used here rely on scumble glaze, a transparent medium that is designed to have colour added to it to create texture for decorative effects such as rag

Creating afauxm

1 Lay plywood squares as flagstones. Leavt grout between the squares to strengthen ti

2 Apply the base coat and leave it to dry. Paint glaze and use a rag to break up and mottle the

3 With a fine artist’s brush, fidget the veins onto th glaze, keeping the movement in one overall directic

4 Soften the veins with a soft brush in the direction of the veins, then backwards and then with the grain age

A Real stone flagstones and plywood squares painted to resemble stone are effectively juxtaposed in this hallway. The floorboards originally beyond the stone were in poor condition; now the gaps between the ‘stones’ have been grouted for maximum effect and the whole scheme pulls together very happily – with no ugly junctions rolling and stippling. Slow-drying, and normally diluted with white spirit before use, it is applied over an eggshell base paint. As it has a marked tendency to yellow, take care when using it for pale colours. The addition of a little white undercoat helps to minimize the yellowing. Scumble glaze has to be given a coat of varnish for protection.

Installing plywood ‘stones’

Plywood is generally sold as 2.44 x 1.22m 8 x -r; sheets, but you can ask your timber merchant to saw these up for you into more appropriately sized squares say. 6’j x 60cm (2 x 2ft) to create a . r.rquerboard or flagstone effect. Provided the floor is reasonably level, plywood 6mm an) thick is sufficient.

Allow the boards to acclimatize for 48 hours in the room before laying them, and then lay the plywood following the guide-nes for laying tiles ( 174175). If you leave a gap between the squares, you can nil it with a flexible grout or coloured filler reinforced with PVA adhesive to carry further the illusion of a stone floor. Fix the plywood onto concrete using panel adhesive or onto wood surfaces using small panel pins. Prime and paint the plywood and finish with two coats of white eggshell, an ideal base for subsequent paint finishes.

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