How To: DIY Painted Terrazzo Floors on a Budget in 48 Hours

DIY Painted terrazzo floors

A 1999 Pop-up camper gets a modern flooring update in 4 steps & 48 hours. Learn how to DIY painted terrazzo floors on a budget!

This pop up camper remodel has stretched my DIY brain and skills to the limit. I pride myself in being a beginner, while humbly learning as I go and being mindful to enjoy the process. However, this project has made me feel like I was in way over my head more than once. 

So far, I have completed the following projects:

-Countertop Update

-Painted Cabinets

Those first two projects were messy, so I chose to complete them first. In order to save time and minimize prep work, I did not worry about getting the floor dirty. I knew it was going to get a refresh, and now it was time. We had leftover LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring in our garage from the previous homeowners. I love it in my living and dining room. It’s waterproof, durable and (from what I had heard) easy to install. Perfect for a camper! Or so I thought…

I brought out the flooring and began trying to figure out how to efficiently install the tongue and groove planks. I think the install would have been SO much easier in a square or rectangular space. Instead, I was dealing with nooks, crannies and uneven cabinet lines. Lots of measuring and precise cutting with my utility knife, and my work was far from perfect. I had pieced together more than half of the floor with the LVP before hitting a speed bump.

DIY painted terrazzo floor

One of the large drawers pulled out millimeters away from the floor, and the LVP was too thick. It stopped the drawer from moving, which I knew was a deal breaker since storage space is so limited in a pop up camper. While I brainstormed ways to fix the drawer situation, I kept laying flooring. I had about 3/4 of the floor laid before noticing I only had one. plank. left.

There would not be enough LVP to finish the floor. I was devastated. Not only because of the wasted time, but also all of the design decisions I made were based on that shade of wood flooring. I needed a plan B. 

DIY painted terrazzo floor

To keep the aesthetic similar and decrease the thickness of the floor, I decided to go with peel and stick wood look plank flooring. I had seen this done in campers before, and thought it would still be pretty inexpensive. I researched our local Lowe’s and Home Depot, and chose one in stock nearly identical to the LVP I had previously laid. 

The next day- I got a notice from the city that we had 3 days to move the camper from our driveway as it was in violation of city code. Oh shoot- it was crunch time. I ran to Lowe’s to get the peel and stick floor that was clearly in stock online. However in store, it was nowhere to be found. They did not in fact have it in stock. I was officially out of time, and racked my brain for a Plan C. 

I remembered Lizzy created amazing DIY terrazzo countertops for the One Room Challenge last spring, and Molly recently refinished her garage floor with terrazzo like chips. Was a painted, terrazzo floor something I could execute in the camper in a time crunch using mostly supplies I already had? Let’s find out!

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Supplies to DIY a painted terrazzo floor

2 part Rustoleum Home flooring kit (mine is in the color charcoal)

Wooster paint brush


Decorative Color Chips


Optional- painter’s tape

STEP 1: Prep the floors

At home, I had a 2 part Rust-Oleum floor kit I had brought for the guest bath, but had yet to use. Although not the color I would has chosen for the camper, in an effort to save time and money I decided to use it. 

DIY painted terrazzo floor
2 part floor kit from rustoleum

I swept the camper floors first to remove dust and debris, then used the cleaning solution provided in the Rust-oleum kit to clean the floors. I squirted a healthy amount of solution directly onto the floors, then used an old rag to scruband prepare a clean surface for paint. 

DIY painted terrazzo floor

STEP 2: Paint

Once the floors were clean, I painted my first coat of “base paint”. This product comes tinted in either a light or dark base, then colored to the shade of your choosing if you purchase in store. However, I had ordered mine online months ago, and it came already colored in the shade I chose. Mine is the color “charcoal”. Not ideal- dark floors AND dark cabinets (as I had already painted those), but oh well. 

DIY painted terrazzo floor

In an effort to save time and avoid mishaps similar to the RV fiasco, I decided not to tape anything off and just edge by hand using my favorite Wooster brush. As I was edging, I decided it would be just as fast to brush on the entire floor instead of rolling it due to the previously mentioned nooks and crannies. Since I was covering a light colored floor with dark paint, I would need a second coat. 

Tip- be mindful not to paint yourself in! I started at the far end of the camper, and worked towards the door to avoid getting stuck in a corner surrounded by wet paint. 

STEP 3: Second coat and Terrazzo Chips 

After six hours, the directions say you can paint a second coat. Coat #2 went on with the same paintbrush, and I was able to achieve opaque coverage. I painted the second coat in smaller sections so that I could sprinkle on the terrazzo chips while the paint was still wet. Scooping up a handful of chips, I randomly dispersed them throughout the floor area I had just painted. I repeated this process until the whole floor was completed.

The Rust-Oleum paint chips come in 3 color options: black, gray and brown. If you want different colors, check out Lizzy’s tutorial to see how she created custom paint chips in colors of her choosing!

STEP 4: Seal

The 2 part Rust-Oleum kit provides a top coat, which I applied 6 hours after my second coat of paint. I used the same paint brush, and hoped the top coat would resemble an epoxy and seal the terrazzo chips. In 24 hours, it was dried enough for foot traffic so I went back to take a look.

DIY painted terrazzo floor

It worked! Over time, I do expect some of the chips to come up. The top coat was pretty thin, so although it helped adhere the chips to the floor, it’s not thick enough to completely cover them like an epoxy product would. My recommendation if you try this project and have more time than me would be to apply epoxy at the end for maximum durability. Overall, I was still pleased with this cheap and easy solution.

DIY painted terrazzo floor

Not too bad for Plan C, right? This turned into such a fun DIY project, and I’m happy with the results. Dont forget to Pin for future access, and follow along with the rest of the camper drama, I mean FUN on Instagram!

DIY painted terrazzo floor
DIY painted cabinets


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