Back to the Mudroom PT3: Spatter Painted Floors, A Spin on Checkerboard?

Friends, what a week it’s been! I’ve been tirelessly working away in the mudroom, tackling tasks from touching up paint to filling in trim.

On Wednesday, I finally decided to confront the floor, which has been the bane of my existence since we left this project in the dust almost three years ago due to my indecision of the paint color.

Although I had originally planned a checkerboard pattern, I eventually painted it black to tame its wild look since I had experimented with several colors in the process.

Fast forward to this week. After a thorough cleaning, I applied a fresh coat of black paint with a satin finish. (I’ve never used floor paint, I’m just always sure to prime and then seal, (you can see more about painting tile here).

Once I had nice clean slate, I was feeling bold, and inspired by the above pic, and decided to experiment with a new idea: a Terrazzo-inspired checkerboard floor.

Drawing inspiration from a resurgence of checkerboard trends, but not wanting the traditional black/white look, I became even more inspired by an article I came across about paint-spattered floors, which were popular in New England (esp. Cape Cod) during the 1940s:

Learn more about paint spatter floors

As many of you know I was born and raised in New England, and Cape Cod has a special place in my heart as my family is from there. What’s more is that, I loved the fact that paint spattered floors became popular around the time our home was built, so it all seemed like a no-brainer.

Paint spattered floors offer several benefits:

1. Unique Aesthetic: Paint-spattered floors add character and personality to a space, creating a unique and artistic look that sets it apart from traditional flooring options.

2. Customization: Since each spatter pattern is created by hand, it allows for endless customization. You can choose colors, patterns, and intensity levels to match your personal style and décor.

3. Cost-Effective: Compared to other flooring options like hardwood or tile, paint-spattered floors can be more budget-friendly, especially if you’re working with existing concrete or vinyl floors.

4. Easy Maintenance: Spattered floors can be sealed with a protective coating, making them easy to clean and maintain. Spills and stains are less noticeable compared to solid-colored floors.

5. Versatility: Paint-spattered floors can be used in various settings, including homes, offices, studios, and retail spaces. They can complement a wide range of design styles, from modern to eclectic.

6. DIY Friendly: While achieving the perfect spatter pattern may require some practice, painting spattered floors is a DIY-friendly project that allows for creativity and experimentation.

7. Historical Charm: Paint-spattered floors have a nostalgic appeal, they can add a touch of retro charm to any space.

Welp, that was all I needed to read to convince me to give it a try! But, instead of sticking to traditional methods, I opted for a more unconventional approach, using a plastic fork and a screwdriver to achieve the spattered look on two of the checkerboard tiles.

Despite moments of doubt and some serious late-night questioning . . .

I woke up to the sun shining down on the floors, highlighting features that made me have a change of heart. It provided some much-needed depth to the space.

So with renewed motivation, I got to work.

First, I carefully outlined each tile with green frog tape, ensuring clean and crisp lines.

I refined any imperfections with a small craft paintbrush with the goal of the flooring not looking too DIYish (I know how ironic that is considering I’m talking about spattering paint all over my floors,) but, I wanted this project to look more like an intentional technique and not like a paint accident that I just “went with.”

I incorporated four distinct paint colors – Behr black, Behr Patio Stone, a custom mix of Behr Patio Stone and Sculptor Clay, and my special mix of Behr Lite Cocoa and Clay Pot (which looks very much like terracotta) which I used on our front door. These colors together, very much make up the palette in my home, and I think together they exude warmth and personality.

The result is a floor that not only captivates the eye but will also be a conversation piece, not to mention, one that disguises dirt👍.  This may just be a temporary fix, but then again who knows?

Honestly, I can’t wait to get all the pieces together to get past this in-between stage and start adding in the fun stuff that will really make this space pop!

So what do you think?  Have you ever heard of Paint Spatter floors before?

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  1. April 6, 2024 / 9:13 am

    I have not heard of this before but I love the look! Can’t wait to see what else you do in here 🙂

    • madebycarli
      April 6, 2024 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks Tania, can’t wait to get to the fun stuff☺️

  2. Matilda Joyce
    April 6, 2024 / 2:06 pm

    Love, love, love this! It looks amazing!

    • madebycarli
      April 6, 2024 / 6:53 pm

      Thanks Matilda🥰🥰🥰

  3. April 30, 2024 / 5:15 am

    Carli, your spatter-painted mudroom floor is so creative! I love how you took the classic checkerboard pattern and added your own unique twist. It looks like it would be perfect for hiding dirt and grime, which is definitely a plus for a mudroom.

    What was the most challenging part of achieving the spatter pattern you wanted

    • madebycarli
      May 5, 2024 / 8:00 am

      Thanks so much! The most challenging part was decided when enough was enough, when to stop😅

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