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Faux tiling — all done

A couple weekends ago I blogged about starting a faux tiling job on the sun porch of my new-old house.

All done now. πŸ™‚

Here’s the room with the finished floor:

Here’s the photo my friend took before I bought the house. Nice difference, eh?

The sellers, who kept tropical birds, left that bird cage, so I “funkified” it a bit and used it. Now I’m on a thrift-store hunt for a large stuffed parrot or cockatoo to live inside.

Except for the rug in the foreground and the peacock feathers (which came from the local farmers’ market), everything in the room was either a junque-store purchase, a gift, or something the sellers left behind.

And here’s a closeup of the faux tile:

A certain editor has wagered that the painted floor won’t wear well — that it will be gouged and scuffed within the year. He’s got a point (as a look around any old neighborhood with painted steps and porches will show). But to foil him, I covered the painted wood with several layers of water-based poly-coat. So far, so good. But we’ll see.


  1. Pat
    Pat March 20, 2011 3:15 pm

    It looks nice, Claire. I love the storage-basket tables, they’re pretty.
    Question: How wide is the “grout strip” you’ve painted on. It looks like a different width in each photo.

  2. Claire
    Claire March 20, 2011 4:12 pm

    πŸ™‚ Thank you, Pat. The “grout” is exactly 1/2-inch wide and was created by masking with tape of that width over a base coat of dark blue. The appearance of different widths is probably just an illusion created by the different angles in the photos.

    (Boy, you’re quick at spotting new posts!)

  3. Pat
    Pat March 20, 2011 4:43 pm

    Well, it’s later here. I just happened to check in.

  4. ff42
    ff42 March 20, 2011 6:13 pm

    “A certain editor has wagered that the painted floor won’t wear well β€” that it will be gouged and scuffed within the year. ”

    Is that with or without dogs? 😎

  5. Big Wooly
    Big Wooly March 20, 2011 6:24 pm

    Very nice, Claire. I bet you didn’t find many chances to use that particular talent in the desert.

  6. EN
    EN March 20, 2011 7:13 pm

    “you got to funkifize”, look good.

  7. bumperwack
    bumperwack March 20, 2011 7:36 pm


  8. Ellendra
    Ellendra March 20, 2011 7:52 pm

    If it wears out fast, that just means you get to change the colors, keeping it from getting too boring, right? Maybe something like “faux-brick” next time.

    That looks really good!

  9. naturegirl
    naturegirl March 20, 2011 10:21 pm

    That turned out really cool, a great idea – too….A no shoes policy along with instructing the dogs to use their “indoor feet” and it should be ok….and you can always add more clear layers if you think it’s not enough….

    It almost doesn’t even look like the same area !…..

    What’s the next project?

  10. Claire
    Claire March 21, 2011 7:26 am

    Thanks guys. Wish you could see my big, proud smile right now. Yep, doesn’t even look like the same room. Now it’s become a lovely place to have breakfast or sit in the sun reading.

    The dogs have already been amazingly good about using their “indoor feet”! Fortunately, they seem to view the room as a place to snooze more than a place to play. Which is good. I definitely wouldn’t suggest a painted floor for a high-traffic or high-play area.

    Next project? Yikes, where to begin? There are so many to choose from! I hope the next project isn’t repainting that floor …

  11. naturegirl
    naturegirl March 22, 2011 2:27 am

    Naw, it doesn’t work like that ~ it stays beautiful and unscathed until every single other project is done and you think all this is over…..then a scratch will show up, and heck, just go get another throw rug or move one over it….

    Since it’s so rainy there, I bet it curls or does the usual wood funky wave stuff before it gets dinged…..maybe you should have done both sides, so you can flip it over, LOL…

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