Create a terrazzo table with this clever hack

Mimic the look of this popular design with our step-by-step instructions

Perfect for adding an extra dimension to a minimalist design, terrazzo has had a revival in the past few years, appearing everywhere from benchtops and splashbacks to table tops and dinnerware. 

This step-by-step terrazzo table hack tutorial using Annie Sloan paint will help you transform an old table in no time.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x 120ml Chalk Paint® in Pure
  • A selection of Chalk Paint® colours. (We’ve used Duck Egg Blue, Antoinette, Paris Grey, Paloma, Coco, Louis Blue and Burgundy)
  • 1 x 120ml Clear Chalk Paint® Wax
  • 1 x Small Chalk Paint® Wax Brush
  • 1 x Annie Sloan Detail Brush set
  • 1 x lint-free cloth
  • 1 x jug of water

Apply two coats of Chalk Paint® in Pure if the surface of your table isn’t white. For a smooth surface, try a large Annie Sloan Flat Brush. Select an Annie Sloan Small Flat Detail Brush and use Duck Egg Blue to paint random splodges across the surface.

Don’t think too hard about this – the point is for the marks to be imperfect, the way chunks of marble are in terrazzo, so any splodge will be absolutely fine! Take some marks over the edge of your surface to mimic the cut terrazzo.

Annie Sloan
(Credit: Annie Sloan)

Use Chalk Paint® in Antoinette to add more splodges. These marks should not touch your first marks, and their spacing should be irregular. Just dab the brush in any spot where you see a white space. Work quickly without worrying too much about the type of mark you are making. Load your brush with plenty of paint, push down on the heel of the brush and then lift up.

Continue adding marks using Chalk Paint® in Paris Grey, Paloma, Coco, Louis Blue and Burgundy. Repeat until you run out of white space. The marks will be thicker and more raised in places – this is good as it will bring texture to the finished table. Once you’re happy with the ratio of dots to white space, leave the surface to dry thoroughly. Seal your table by applying two coats of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax with a Small Chalk Paint® Wax Brush or or a lint-free cloth. 

Annie Sloan
(Credit: Annie Sloan)
Annie Sloan
(Credit: Annie Sloan)

Buff with a lint-free cloth if you want your tabletop to have a light sheen; don’t buff, if you prefer a matt finish. 

Annie Sloan
(Credit: Annie Sloan)
Annie Sloan
(Credit: Annie Sloan)

Now that you can see how easy it is to achieve, why not try this stunning effect on a wall, a floor – anything you fancy!

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