01-19-2011 02:04 AM
I painted my basement floor dark brown but then I decided I wanted to paint the floor with a faux texture to help cover up in perfections in the floor.
What would be a easy/inexpensive method to use with a base coat of dark brown?
I am also looking for color sugestions, but I would like to leave the base paint dork brown.
01-19-2011 11:34 AM
Hey ncosentino13 welcome to the community.
I think we are going to have to get creative for this one. There aren’t many faux finish products that will withstand the traffic a floor gets. What look are you going for exactly? The easiest solution would be to topcoat your dark brown with a similar lighter floor paint.
I have seen some cool textures come from a thick bristled push broom. Dip the broom into the paint and lightly and evenly go over the floor using a matching lighter color. Another cool option would be to mock the wood floor look using a faux bois graining rocker. Lastly you can always go with the sponge or ragged look to help hide some of the imperfections. Let us know what type of look you are going for as there are many options and we can give you a step by step walkthrough on how its done.
here are a few examples of some of the finishes mentioned.
And heres a link to a video that Christine from atlanta had made about the faux bois finish.
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01-19-2011 02:21 PM
Thanks for your help !
as far as the floor withstanding traffic I was planning on polying the floor once it is finished.
It is a large area so I will need a system that does not require to much labor or to many steps. I do like the look of ragging. How do you think a light gray-blue would look on top of the dark brown? If not, what color would you suggest. Also, could you point me to more info on ragging.
01-20-2011 11:17 AM
HDwetPaint is off until next week, so the Team here at the Community asked me to follow up with you.
First, his applicator suggestions were outstanding! And ragging is a relatively easy process ... I have used a terry towel rolled the long way into a tube and then rolled again into a doughnut which is easy to hold in the palm of your hand.
Since you said this is a large area, I am going to share a technique that I used when my daughter's HS Band wanted to create a faux marble floor mat (the size of a basketball court) for an indoor competition. The medium brown mat was already assembled when I was brought onto the project, so our task was to create the multi-colored veins that you see in large pieces of marble.
My tool of choice: a pump-up garden sprayer with the tip set to spray a stream rather than a fan.
We chose a lighter tan and a medium gray floor paint (like HDwetPiant suggested earlier) and then thinned the paint until it would spray a twenty-foot stream across our mat. While spraying, the wand was flipped and rotated to create irregular patterns of paint on the mat. The other Band Parents had 3/8 nap rollers mounted on poles and they followed (not too closely) and gently spread the spattered paint ... not to create a uniformly covered surface, but to create stringy, runny veins of color. In some areas they did not touch the streams ... allowing them to spread naturally.
The first coat was almost dry (dry time will be much slower than labeled) when we applied the second color.
The end result looked like a marble floor ... sound like something you and your team could do?
Now about your color question: Too many dark colors over one another might make a muddy look. Try looking at a piece of Travertine tile and use that as your inspiration ... though any tile that is pleasing to your eye will work.
Finally, after the floor is completely dry (maybe more than one day due to thinning), clear coat the floor with a water-based clear coat labeled for use on floors ... not all polys are suitable for walking surfaces.
I would bet a million that you are going to create a masterpiece on your floors. So take a picture now and another afterwards. Then do what all creative DIYers do ... post it here on community.homedepot.com so we can all learn from your experience.
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