I’m not a huge fan of the word “upcycle,” but I recognize it as a necessary part of my life. This is an ultimate upcycle project.
Interior design businesses get Formica sample chips by the truckload, and once their board gets low, they get an entire board replacement. That means SO many Formica samples being thrown away constantly. This makes my eye twitch.
roughly 2,500 rectangular formica samples (1.5 x 2.5 inches each)
flooring trowel (with teeth!)
acrylic lacquer (topcoat sealant)
This was a pretty simple project! We stuck the samples straight onto our subfloor using regular tile grout from Home Depot. We started in the far corner and by keeping everything tight together, it stayed really straight.
Oh wow my outfit. We were installing the floor on a lofted bedroom of our studio. Check out those sexy power drills ;O
We started by grouping five or six sample colors together and arranging them into a roughly 12×12 square- a lot like organizing a quilt.
Then we took one group, spread our tile grout down over a 12×12 ish area and placed the tiles without any gaps between them. Over, and over, and over, and over…
…Until we had an entire patchwork floor. I like how it looks a little like pixels.
We let the floor dry for a couple of days before topcoating. We used a clear acrylic lacquer-like finish and did at least two coats. Another 2 days letting it dry and we were ready to move into our bedroom!
This is an old project, but still one of the most ambitious I’ve attempted. Would love to see other uses for Formica tiles!