When I moved into our new location in February I asked the landlord if I could paint the tiled front entry
He didn’t care what I did (he probably thought I was nuts to paint it). If money grew on trees, I’d have ripped the tile AND carpet out, replacing it with wood, but HELLO, that was not in the budget :)
At the last store I had painted the bathroom laminate floor and it held up awesome. I used my go-to paint for questionable surfaces – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats. It’s the most versatile paint I’ve ever used - like painting with whippy peanut butter.
Last month I was bouncing all over the place, and in the middle of everything I looked at the floor and decided, Time to Paint!
- Whizz roller and tray
- 2 1/2 inch Chip brushes
- Layer 1&2 – Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn
- Layer 3 – American Paint Company Freedom Road and Smoke Signal
- American Paint Company Navajo White (for stenciling)
- American Paint Company Topcoat Finish
- Minwax Wipe-on Poly Satin Finish
I taped off 1/2 the 6×5 entry – the other 1/2 I’d paint later, that way people could still enter and exit the store -
I cleaned the tile up with Simple Green and some liquid dish soap, then grabbed the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Peppercorn
for some reason I took a photo of the time, too - maybe to keep track of how long it took -
Roll the first coat out, with a textured type roller – whizz, low nap – whatever you’d like to call it-
Just rollin, rollin, rollin….
Rolled out one coat, which covered pretty darn good, but I wanted to be SURE I had a good base so I dried it w/the blowdryer (it dries quick anyway) and then gave it another quick roll-
That took a little over 1/2 hour…
When that dried I switched to one of my chalk/clay paint lines - American Paint Company – and grabbed color Freedom Road, a dark charcoal gray. Using a cheapy chip brush (we sell those too, in all sizes) I scrubbed the paint onto one tile
Can’t forget the time, right?
Also grabbed American Paint Co’s color Smoke Signal, a lighter gray – I wanted to do a check pattern -
I focused on brushed the tiles, and staying off the grout, just for consistency…
Wonder what time it is…
Love how the chalk/clay paints look when their drying – so Monet like…
When the paint dried, which didn’t take long at all (especially with a blow dry present) I grabbed some 150 sand paper and started sanding the tiles -
Sanding quickly knocks off the very topmost surface of the chalk/clay paint, AND more importantly reaches down to that yummy black texture and reveals it – I think if you click on this photo below you’ll be able to see what I’m talking about-
When the sanding was complete I grabbed a stencil – one of my big ones (and big price) - I wanted to dress the tiles up but wanted it to be super quick and easy, the big stencil allowed me to cover a large area.
Fat stencil brush, some American Paint color Navajo White (a soft white) and some peanut butter and apples for energy – I got busy
One section at a time, until its all covered -
Once everything was dry I rolled on a coat of American Paint Co Topcoat Finish
When I use the chalk/clay paints and want a nice, hard, sealed surface I like to use either the Topcoat Finish by APC or the Satin Finish by CeCe Caldwell. Both are brush or roll on and when it dries you’re done.
The Topcoat Finish reminds of a milky water – its super easy to roll out, even to brush out, and I don’t feel the need to add water to thin it. It dries with more matte than the Satin Finish does - and it dries quick.
That first coat over the raw paint is important to me – the paints are so absorbent I don’t like using topcoats like poly’s over them – at least not until I FIRST seal it up following their system aka) Topcoat Finish. If you try both you’ll see what I’m talking about – using topcoats like poly over the RAW chalk/clay paints will want to soak in and disappear – APC’s Topcoat Finish not only soaks in but also stays on top when it’s applied, then dries matte.
Because this is our entry floor I wanted extra protection, so once I got the ‘initial’ coat of sealer aka Topcoat Finish on, and once dry, I used Minwax’s Wipe on Poly (satin oil version) – and wiped on 2 coats of that. That also allowed the final finish more sheen -
Want to hear a funny? I think more customers than not don’t even realize the floor when they enter!
So how’s it holding up? Fabulous of course… if you getting into painting, and dig the chalk /clay paints, then you GOTTA get your hands on some Caromal Textured Basecoat paint and start playing.
This is a great combo finish for tile, for counters, backsplashes, damaged sections of furniture… it’s a great finish for a whole piece of furniture!
Here are 20 samples that we created using Caromal Colours Textured Basecoats as the first layer and American Paint Company chalk/clay paint colors over top
We’ve done the same with our CeCe Caldwell Chalk/Clay paints as well. The possibilities are limitless, try it!
If you’re a chalk/clay paint retailer, and are interested in adding these fabulous paints to your line up, give me a shout (you can find my contact info on my contact page) – there is no required minimums to get started!
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