Painted concrete floors can look stunning if you do a little preparation, use a specialty concrete floor paint, add a great design and a concrete floor sealer. And its easier than you think. These stunning designer looks use little more than a combination of paint, or stain, a stencil and a sealer that will cost you so much less than paying a professional.
I wrote about painted concrete floor ideas early in 2014 but this versatile trend is definitely worth revisiting as a floor treatment either in your home, garage, basement, patio or balcony. Below is a stained floor, also a great look for concrete, layering more than one color to get an aged effect.
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You could go for a solid color but often this can look like one dense solid block – dense and flat. If time is an issue, add a simple border. Your design doesn’t have to be perfect!
Watch the short video below. This floor design is less than perfect, created with simple painter’s tape, but you don’t notice on your first glance – and its certainly a huge improvement on the flat, original flooring.
Using paint on a concrete floor to create rug, carpet, floorboards or granite looks is fairly straight forward. There are so many stencils, borders, checkerboard and even freehand designs you can use to create amazing looks. Your design should consider the size of your room, the natural light, and your existing decor.
And getting these unique looks on your concrete floor is not particularly expensive if you do it yourself; hiring equipment, using concrete floor paint or an etching solution, for stained concrete floors, and a sealer. Designs can be done free hand, using a stencil or painter’s tape. Click here to find painting and staining products to get started.
This checkerboard floor design above is a complete classic; but there are so many other designs you can use for an all over effect or simply use stencils to create a carpet or rug look.
Choosing concrete floor colors is similar to choosing carpet or rug colors. Consider the natural light of your room, your current decor and what color will hide dirt. Simple. Having said that, finding good concrete paint colors is not always easy. Ask your paint supplier if you can add pigment or colors to your concrete paint to get the color you really want – using a wall paint chart may help you to find paint colors that will suit your rooms more.
No matter what you choose, make sure your design is in keeping with your color scheme and decorating theme. The white floor below is covered in a large dark coffee design, and much cheaper than carpeting or other flooring solutions. Further below is a smaller stencil print. Big or small designs will depend on the size of your room and how much furniture you have to put in it. Think of choosing your design, as if your were choosing a carpet or rug design for the same space.
The stenciled concrete floor above reverses the color palette; using a very dark coffee or black floor with a white stencil on the top resembling carpet or tiles.
It’s not only the cost of painting a concrete floor that is appealing; and doing it yourself is the best way to save big dollars. For others its adding the look of texture, even making your own stencils, to rejuvenate painted floors that gets some people really excited. Concrete floors have the added bonus of being the perfect anti-slip flooring solution for most families; no matter the age group, being anti-slip means safety first.
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For others simple painted floors is a great way of eliminating or managing allergies. If this is you, it could be time to rip up your carpets and get the creative juices going because there are so many amazing things you can do with painted floors.
While this article focuses on a total DIY approach to painting concrete floors, you can easily find a local decorative concrete contractor to help prepare your floors if the job is too big or you don’t have time and want the job done quickly.
This is where the fun begins! Concrete is you canvas. Solid colors, borders or stencils are great for painted floors. Or use an acid etching solution and stain your concrete floors to transform them completely. Etching solutions react with the concrete to create patterns. If are staining or dying your concrete, make sure your concrete will absorb the stain or dye by placing some water on it. If it absorbs quickly, your concrete will most likely absorb all the stain or dye. If the water beads on top… you might have to reconsider and watch this first.
Dark stain produces a stone look. Apply stain with a garden sprayer and leave to dry. The sealer is applied with a brush or roller on stained concrete.
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The short video below shows how to use epoxy paint for concrete floors to create a decorative concrete floor to achieve this look.
Patterns and borders can be created by taping the floor before applying the stain. Looks fabulous and very classic! Use a trustworthy, high quality product like Valspar 1534 Porch and Floor Latex for a wonderful dark gray or see more concrete paints and stains here.
Stain concrete a second time, with the tape removed. The look below is painted concrete with a stencil over the top.
Of course, you don’t have to paint the entire floor. Painting in a concrete floor ‘rug’ can be as big, small and intricate as you want. And if you don’t want to buy a stencil, here’s a tutorial to make your own stencils.
This look is perfect for wet areas like kitchens and bathrooms; the painted rugs really stand out, as a contrast, take less time and cost less than an entire floor. They add color, the look of texture and a design!
Paint a complete work of art like the rug above or a simple outline like the rug below.
What about this spectacular looking stained concrete floor? It looks like a tiled or ceramic floor! The floor stays cool in summer and easy to mop clean.
It is spectacular but staining concrete floors not for the faint-hearted. The cost of painted concrete floors is hugely expensive. The material cost for the floor above was around $500, but it was labor intensive. You can 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 if you use more than one concrete floor 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. Leave a comment below if you have found a concrete floor product or painting technique but if you are ready to dive in here are some products to make your DIY job look professional and tough enough to last for years.