Painting Hardwood Floors to Look Like Moroccan Tile

Jenni Ingram
by Jenni Ingram
11 Materials
6 Hours

I've seen painted floors online and thought they were so creative. Why not paint- if you already hate the floor, and want to replace it someday anyway? So that's the story with this floor.

Oak parquet ran through the entryway and powder room of our home, and I despised it. It glowed orange! Someday we want to replace it with real hardwoods, but in the mean time I came up with a more creative solution. I decided to paint then stencil it to make it look like Moroccan tile, which is very popular in design these days. Read on to see how easy it was to do!

Don't be afraid to scuff it up throughly!

First, I vacuumed the floor. Then since the floor had worn spots throughout, I grabbed a pole sander with 120 grit sandpaper and gave it a good sanding. Once done, I cleaned the floor with 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water. I used a spray bottle and paper towels. 

Next, I taped off the baseboards and perimeter with 2" painters tape because I can be messy.  

I chose a dark gray floor and porch paint. I used a brush to paint, but a roller would've made the job quicker. I let the floor dry to the touch, then did a second coat. I then let it dry overnight before stenciling with an off white color. 

See below where I found custom stencils

The easiest way to stencil with the least amount of bleed-through is using a foam roller. JUST DON'T APPLY TOO MUCH PAINT!!


I started in the back corner of the room and planned my "tiles" out from there. I painted 10 "tiles", then while the paint dried washed the stencil with warm water. I bent and taped "partial" stencils as needed. 

Our finished power room!

Finished! Now it's modern and bright! For more details, please click my blog link below.


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Mosaic stencil tile in the entryway

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  • Susan Cormaci Haas Susan Cormaci Haas on Jun 14, 2021

    Looks great!! NOW, what can I do with ugly 1in tile floor?? its in great shape , nothing loose, just really ugly and old!

  • Ste60838205 Ste60838205 on Mar 27, 2022

    Why use denatured alcohol for clean up after sanding?

    I understand the blend with water but having denatured alcohol is dangerous?

  • Cynthia Lewis Cynthia Lewis on Apr 24, 2022

    This can be created on tile floors as well..?

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  • Judith Judith on Jul 08, 2022

    I have a friend who had all her "perfect condition " ceramic tile redone with a paint application (by a professional) and it looks super. Looks like it was purchased that way. So, redo of ceramic is absolutely possible.

  • Tina Tina on Aug 31, 2022

    How creative. I think I will have to try this with my floor in the bathroom I hate our floor in there. Thank you so much for sharing such a GREAT IDEA