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painted terrazzo wall

Paint a terrazzo-look wall

Pick up a paintbrush and create your own terrazzo-effect feature wall. From the Latin word ‘terra’, meaning ‘earth’, the art of terrazzo has been around for centuries. It was used by Italian artisans in Venice in the 1500s to create durable, beautiful floors – such as patios and terraces – out of recycled chips of marble, granite and quartz cast in a binder such as clay or cement, then sealed to give it a sheen. This created a sustainable and stunning trend that endures to this day. In recent years, terrazzo has been used for walls and benchtops. To get a terrazzo-inspired look without the price tag, you need nothing more than a blank wall and paint sample pots!

Safety tip: Always wear the appropriate safety equipment (safety glasses, glovesear muffs and a mask, for example) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment. 

Steps

1Paint the wall

Working on a drop sheet to protect the floor, use 25mm and 18mm paintbrushes and five different colours to paint small irregular shapes on the wall – and returns if it’s a blade wall – to create a terrazzo-like pattern. Leave to dry.

A gloved hand paints the terrazzo shapes on the wall

2Apply a second coat and seal

Apply another coat to the painted shapes and allow to dry. Go back over the painted shapes with 12mm paintbrushes to tidy any edges, if needed. Wearing eye protection, gloves and a face mask, spray the wall with a coat of clear gloss to seal the painted design.

A gloved hand uses a small paintbrush to tidy the terrazzo shape edges

3Keep in mind…

  • Keep all paint and chemicals out of reach of children and pets.
  • Any plumbing works must be carried out by a licensed tradie.

4Want more paint transformations?

Check out our painting projects, ideas and inspiration.

  

Photo Credit: James Moffatt, Samantha Pointon

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.