My cracked, stained and dull concrete floor was in dire need of a face-lift!
Especially since we agreed to host our son and soon to be daughter in law’s wedding rehearsal dinner in our home.
The end of January is a cold time of year and this is when the kids scheduled the wedding. Due to the cold, an outdoor event was out of the question.
We do not have a large home, it is only about 1,200 square feet.
So, I had to get creative with what space I had available indoors.
When our kids were young, we built a wall, sheet-rocked and painted the back half of our garage. It served as a hangout room throughout our kid’s middle school and teen years. Thus, it was the perfect space to transform into a mini cafe’ for an intimate rehearsal dinner.
Our washer and dryer are still located in the room. I didn’t want to spend tons of money on flooring for fear of water damage if the washer overflowed or leaked. Nor, did I like the look of the epoxy garage floor kits for an intimate cafe’ setting.
So, I decided I was going to stencil the entire floor by hand.
- Bucket of Soap & Water
- Brush or Broom
- Paint Brushes (small & medium)
- Mansory Etch (for a better bond, I didn’t use it)
- Concrete patch (optional, I didn’t use it)
- Primer for Concrete
- Concrete Paint
- Sealer for Concrete
To make homemade stencils, fold a piece of newspaper in quarters and cut out different shapes until you create a pattern you like.
(Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of this step.)
Second, trace the patterns onto poster board and cut them out as a pattern.
Third, I prepped the floor.
First, clean the floor with soap and warm water, being careful to remove any dirt, oil, and debris. Furthermore, you can take the cleaning one step further by etching the concrete. Etching opens the pores of the concrete which allows the paint to adhere and bond.
I was not concerned about the cracks because I wanted a chippy paint look on my floor and cracks to add character. If you desire to get rid of the cracks this is the time to do it with a concrete patch.
Fourth, using the stencils, I trace the patterns onto the floor with a sharpie, spacing them out in the desired pattern.
Fifth, Painting the stenciled shapes.
Before painting, it is important to be sure the weather is going to be dry for 2-3 days.
To start, paint the stenciled shapes with a concrete paint primer to ensure the paint will stick. Be sure to follow the drying directions on the paint and primer chosen.
Next, paint the stenciled shapes with two coats of concrete paint. According to the directions on the can, I allowed the paint to dry between coats. (Sorry for the poor lighting, I had no clue I would be using these photos for a blog at the time.)
Finally, paint the entire floor with a concrete sealer.
Afterward, let the floor dry for 24-48 hours before walking on it so it can cure.
I have to say, I am very pleased with the outcome.
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