DIY Ceramic Tile Cover Up With Concrete

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Looking to learn, experiment, and erase a tile floor quick, self-leveling concrete and brass inlays were the weapons of choice.

So I finally finished redoing the master shower, right, so ugh, the floor was that much more noticeably awkward and unattractive. It had to go! And go now! But I was so tired of What to do?

I'll try some self-leveling concrete underlayment!

Before I get too far into this, I should say that yes, I am aware this product is underlayment and not intended to be an over-layment, but it still works.

And before I get too far in too, experimenting is fun. You get to learn, you may hit it big time with a win, or, you may strike out. In this case, striking out wasn't going to be a big deal -- I could tear it all out if need be.

Pick your battles appropriately and who knows, you might strike gold.

So I cleaned the floor and caulked gaps where concrete could seep.

In the meantime, I ordered up some thin brass bars, cleaned those up to a nice shine, gave them a coat of lacquer, trimmed them to my desired sizes, and did a test layout.

Time for the big day! My husband had no idea this was happening by the way. You can read his reaction in the blog post.

Out popped the vanity and toilet, I did some masking around the floor hole and by the door and it was go time.

The bag said I only had about ten minutes to get this all down so yeah, that was scary. Mixed it up, added a pint of black colorant, and I didn't get photos of pouring....sorry, I was in a rush.

I learned an awful lot about self-leveling concrete underlayment here! If you swing by the blog post over on Flipping the Flip, you'll get all the tips, lessons, wishes, and a couple regrets!

After pouring the floor, I set the brass bars in which was tricky since they were floppy, wouldn't lay flat nor straight. But I got it close enough.

Two hours later? The floor was set and I moved the vanity and toilet back in. So, floor in a day!

One thing I would not do again? Use car wax to seal the floor that does not dry crystal clear. I fixed that mistake later but you can see here how it left behind some undesired cloudiness.

But overall, I'm pretty happy with my insta-floor! Be sure to swing by the post for all the details by clicking the link below!

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  • Jill Young Jill Young on May 11, 2021

    I admire your guts to even try this. And how removing a toilet and vanity was described as they were just "popped out". Since both of those things are usually connected to plumbing etc and are heavy bulky fixtures that require so much more muscle and knowledge than most of us possess and the removal is very messy as well. One question I have is did the brass bars lay flush within the concrete ? I'm concerned about any edges that might snag on things like a bathmat or perhaps even my foot?

  • William Ingram Jr. William Ingram Jr. on May 11, 2021

    I not use self leveling epoxy instead?

  • Mary Mary on May 17, 2021

    May be hard to sell this to a prospective homebuyer just because it’s so different. If they don’t like it how do they remove it?


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  • Sue Sue on Jun 07, 2021

    Your floor looks Great! You did a Wonderful job!

    I have a half bath I would like to try this in. If I get it done, I will send pics. 😁

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    People, how about on any post, we be positive and not put a negative post or try and rip anyone!


    And No, I do Not know Becky.

    Just thought we all ought to be adults and act like we hope to teach our children to be!

    Sue G

    • Thanks so much, Sue! Please do send pictures if you give this a whirl, I'd love to see! Thanks for your positivity and great comment!