How to Paint Concrete Floors With a Marble Faux Finish

Painting faux marble is no puzzle.
Painting faux marble is no puzzle. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Concrete floors can be a challenge when it comes to decor. They're usually not smooth and sometimes not level, and you may not be able to cover them with carpeting or wood. The solution is paint. Painting it one solid color may look good for a while, but it will soon have chips and scrapes, requiring spot repair. Painting it to look like marble is not as daunting a task as you might think, although it is hard on the knees.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint in two shades of the same color (high gloss works best)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint roller and roller pan
  • large sea sponge
  • light gray or white paint
  • plate covered with plastic or foil
  • large feather

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Remove all furniture from the area that is to be painted. Vacuum, wash and rinse the surface and let dry completely.

Paint the entire floor with the lighter shade of the color you have chosen. For the best possible effect, remove the baseboards to allow the next step to blend in seamlessly.

Let this coat of paint dry completely.

Start in the farthest corner of the area you're working on. Pour the darker shade of your chosen color into a roller pan. Dip the sponge into the paint, dab some of it off on the shallow side of the pan and begin patting the sponge on the floor; the key is getting right up next to the wall and not doing it neatly. You want it to look a bit uneven, so swirl your sponge occasionally and use more or less paint here and there. Ideally, you want only a bit of the lighter color showing through.

If you are unable to get the entire surface completed in one session, place the pan in a garbage bag and the sponge in a large plastic bag and seal them up.

Let the surface dry at least 24 hours before proceeding to the next step.

Pour some of the white or grey paint onto a foil-covered plate. Lightly dip the edge of the feather into the paint and then wipe most of it off on the side of the plate. Using a light stroke, make light curves here and there all over the surface of the floor to resemble the natural marks in marble.

Tips & Warnings

  • Touching up chipped places amounts to simply using the sponge in the darker paint.


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