Painted concrete floors can look stunning if you invest time to prepare them, use a specialty concrete floor paint, add a great design and finish off with a concrete floor sealer. It sounds complicated but its easier than you think. These stunning professional looking floors use a combination of paint or stain, stencil and a sealer and will cost you much less than hiring a professional. This is a long post, so grab a coffee and settle back of simple scroll to the section that interests you.
Painted concrete floors look great on any floor in your home including garage, basement, living room, patio or balcony. You can stain, paint, decorate, age, pattern or etch your concrete floor to get the look you want, one layer at a time. You can use normal paint, but it comes off within just a few months. I know, I’ve tried it.
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While one solid color might be the fastest way to paint your floor, it can often look flat and dull. There are a few things you can do to take this look to a new level, one simple way is to add a border. Another is to apply a stencil over the top. Another is to stain or etch your concrete.
The floor design in the short video below was quickly created using painter’s tape. It gives you some idea of what can be done with limited resources, skills and a tight budget. Think checkerboard in white and gray or black and white or maybe even stripes. It is a classic evergreen look that can quickly update your curb appeal.
Paint on concrete floors can look like rugs, carpets, floorboards and even granite using stencils, borders or freehand designs. Design is important because it can make your room feel and look smaller and darker. First, consider the size of your room, the amount of natural light in the room and your decor.
One huge benefit of painting your concrete floors is that it is much cheaper to do it yourself. There are some expenses such as equipment hire, concrete floor paint, etching solution (for stained concrete floors) and a sealer but little compared to hiring a contractor. Click here to find painting and staining products to get started.
Work out your style. Your floors will be with your for a while. Is the style of floor you like classic, rustic, farmhouse or modern? The checkerboard floor design goes with most classic decorating themes. It only uses paint, not etching or staining techniques.
When selecting floor colors, use the same principles you would when choosing carpet or rug colors. Consider the size and natural light in your room, your decor and which paint color will best hide dirt. You want something that is easy to keep clean and maintain. Simple.
Having said that, the range of concrete paint colors is limited but growing. Use a paint chart to find paint colors that suit your room, then ask your local paint supplier to add pigment or colors to your concrete paint to get the color you want if its not readily available.
If you like the idea of large designs consider the white floor below with a large dark coffee design. The stark contrast in colors has you focusing on the floor design. Its out of harmony with the room but it does give the feeling of carpet or tiles.
The stenciled concrete floor above reverses the color palette; a very dark coffee or black floor with a white stencil on the top resembling carpet or tiles.
There are also health benefits to swapping to painted floors including eliminating or managing allergies. If allergies affect you or you family, it could be time to rip up your carpets and think about painting your floors instead. Allergens live in carpet fibers, and when you remove carpets you remove their breeding ground, and reduce allergies.
Concrete floors are also the perfect anti-slip flooring solution; being anti-slip means safety first.
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There are many decorative concrete contractors who can help you either prepare your floors or undertake the task completely if you find the process beyond your DIY skills but its not cheap.
Solid colors, borders or stencils are great tools for painting concrete floors. Acid etching solutions or stains are a different look, take more time and skill to transform your floors completely. Etching solutions react with the concrete to create patterns, stains are absorbed by the concrete.
Not all concrete floors are suitable or can absorb stain. If are planning on staining your concrete test it first by placing some water on it. If the water is absorbed quickly, your concrete will most likely absorb stain. If the water beads on top of the concrete, you might have to reconsider your options. The video below will help.
Dark stain produces a stone-like look. First, apply stain to you floors with a garden sprayer. Allow to dry. Apply a different color stain to create a layered granite look. The sealer is applied on the dried surface with a brush or roller.
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This short video explains how to use epoxy paint for concrete floors for a decorative concrete floor.
For the best result stain the concrete a second time, this time with the tape removed.
Painting a concrete floor ‘rug’ can be as big, small or intricate as you want. If you don’t want to wait or buy a stencil, and prefer to make your own, here’s a tutorial to make your own stencils.
This ‘rug’ effect is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. They add color and the look of texture. They also take less time and cost less than painting an entire floor. You can paint an intricate piece like the rug above or create a simple outline like the rug below.
This stained concrete floor look like tiled ceramic floor. The floor stays cool in summer and is easy to mop clean.
Staining concrete floors not for the faint-hearted. The material cost for the floor above was around $500, but it was labor intensive. See more photos here.
Concrete stained floors need stains instead of paints. The effects you get depend on whether you use full strength or dilute the stains, and different stain to produce a marbling, granite or stone effect. At all times, follow the instructions.
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Whether you create a painted concrete floor rug, stain or use an etching solution, do it yourself or bring in a decorative concrete contractor, the final results of painted concrete or stained concrete can be spectacular, giving your home a truly unique feel and look.