Leila Farmer
Leila Farmer
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  • Grand Portage, MN

Painted Concrete Floors


We recently moved into a unfinished house and with the budget eaten up by other things there wasn't room for flooring immediately so for the intern I decided to paint the existing concrete. It's has been a month in a high traffic area and I love it so much I may not cover it up! All it takes is a mop and some pine sole to make it look like it did they day I laid it down. $1.50 stencil from the buck store, $100 in paint and $100 in Diamond Finish Varathene (did 10 coats) and flooring is done is a 400 square foot room :)
Finished Floor
Finished Floor
Base layer I just rolled on.
Base layer I just rolled on.
To start I swept and mopped the existing concrete.
To start I swept and mopped the existing concrete.
After it was try I taped a border, just straight lines, I kept it simple.
After it was try I taped a border, just straight lines, I kept it simple.
Stencil.  Just picked it up at the buck store.
Stencil. Just picked it up at the buck store.
This was the tedious step, took hours!
This was the tedious step, took hours!
I would bring my lap top into the room with me and watch tv shows while I did it to make the time go faster.
I would bring my lap top into the room with me and watch tv shows while I did it to make the time go faster.
My husband would help me if we watched his shows :)  We watched a lot of Mountain Men once I learned that!
My husband would help me if we watched his shows :) We watched a lot of Mountain Men once I learned that!
The last stencil, a happy moment!
The last stencil, a happy moment!

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18 questions
  • Suzanne Campbell
    on Nov 8, 2015

    Can I buy from you your used stencil?? I would like to do the exact same design, because it will match my wrought iron doors and other wrought iron designs I have in my home I'm remodeling to a T! Yours is so perfect an just beautiful!

  • MaryAnn Bailey
    on Jan 10, 2016

    How big was your room and how much paint did you need?

  • Gabrielaasanza
    on Feb 17, 2016

    Can you help me please with the template of the floor or how you make it?

  • Lplants7
    on Mar 22, 2016

    Did you have to keep cleaning the back of the stencil?

  • Vag6565947
    on May 24, 2016

    What type of paint did u use and did u put a glossy top coat on it

    • Tricia Jackson Jones
      on Jan 20, 2017

      $100 in paint and $100 in Diamond Finish Varathene (did 10 coats) as listed at the beginning. Varathene is similar to polyurethane and is a clear finish. That is a lot of coats of the stuff.

  • Julie
    on Jul 19, 2016

    How did you prepare the concrete floor before painting? Thank you!

  • Bla3720751
    on Dec 5, 2016

    I dont find the stencils to buy, in the buck store dont find, can you tell me the adress to buy thanks

    • Cyn1655526
      on Apr 18, 2017

      Royal Stencils is one place online or Cutting Edge Stencils.com is another
  • Gra14113585
    on Jan 24, 2017

    Hi, I live this floor, did you roll the paint on the stencil or did dab/brush it on? Was there any paint on the underside of the stencil that bled through. It looks great!! What were the color that you used. Thanks Carol

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 26, 2017

      Looks like she dabbed it on

    • Susan Boothe
      on Jul 8, 2017

      You can do either. The trick to stenciling is to get the extra paint off the roller/ stencil brush by off loading the paint on a rag.
  • Annette
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Would this work on an outdoor concrete patio?
    • Den13228876
      on Apr 30, 2017

      I'm sure it would if you used concrete sealer after your through. I sure plan on trying
    • Lilpixiestixxx
      on Feb 20, 2018

      Use concrete paint and a good outdoor sealer{ several coats} and renew the sealer yearly it will be fine!
  • Nada
    on Jul 4, 2017

    It does look great , the stencil do not move while painting?
    • Susan Boothe
      on Jul 8, 2017

      you can use blue painters tape (just a swatch at the top and 1 side will hold it) or you can purchase a can of spray stencil adhesive, meant to hold the stencil in place.
  • Vvenkatesh
    on Jul 15, 2017

    Where can I buy the stencil?
  • Upn33454997
    on May 20, 2018

    I want to do this where do I get the stencil

    • Val Layton
      on Jul 24, 2018

      Mikeals craft store has them and our dollar store did but only 2 versons and not big enough for a floor.I did use one on a cabinit and used water based art paint then sprayed it with an aresol setting spray.

  • Stephanie Newton
    on Jun 1, 2018

    My back porch is painted. Starting to peel. Can I just sand those peeling spots and then paint again? Is there something to put on it to extend the life

  • Monique
    on Jun 21, 2018

    Did I miss something or did you not state what kind of paint was used? Important info to have!!

    • Val Layton
      on Jul 24, 2018

      Oil base would be best on a floor.Then coat it with a clear finish and it will last forever.

  • Monique
    on Jul 24, 2018

    Special cement paint?? Can you be more specific? Thanks!

  • Pakeeza Jabeen
    on Aug 30, 2018

    what kind of paint to be used on floor

  • Veronica
    on Oct 5, 2018

    What kind of paint did you use and did you seal it after if so what seal did you use?

  • Rachael
    on May 6, 2019

    Love the STENCIL! You did an excellent job, it’s beautiful, been trying to find this stencil and having difficulty finding it.

    Any info on it? Designer? Manufacturers? Name/Design of it???

    thank you

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  • Ioana Tisler
    on Jul 23, 2018

    I love it!!!

  • Val Layton
    on Jul 24, 2018

    I did something similar but my stencil was a leaf design and did boarders around it.The floors were plywood.Used oil base paint and varnished it.Turned out pretty good and lasted a long time

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