Painted Concrete Floors That Last and Last and Last
Ten years ago when we built this house, to save money we painted all the floors, which are made of concrete. I thought "oh, in a few years when we get some money ahead we'll do regular flooring" That didn't happen yet! And the floors today need another coat of sealer and wax, but other than losing their shine the paint is still fine. A few places, like under the dining room table have shown wear. But the wear from chairs was stopped as soon as I put felt on the bottom of the chairs. I saw a question or two about painted floors and hoped this might help someone.
Here are the basic steps to follow to reproduce this, each step is pictured below as well:
- Pick your pattern. I had the clock face for a table top and Google showed some nice brick patio arrangements.
- Use masking tape to outline the brick pattern. Where the tape is, the concrete natural color will show.
- Paint the first darkest brick color over the entire floor. No worries about seeping, as fuzzy lines make a painting look more natural.
- When the first coat is dry, with your brush - brush on the next lighter brick color. Don't brush out to the tape, leave some of the dark color showing around the edges.
- When the second coat is dry, with your sponge - sponge on some lighter highlights. You may even want to select a brick here and there to receive more of the highlights than others to simulate natural brick.
- When the paint is dry, remove the masking tape. This is when I painted the clock face using tracing paper to put the design onto the floor.
- When all is dry, put on three coats of the sealer that is linked to below. You can buy this at the big box home improvement store too.
- When the sealer is dry, put on two or three coats of wax.
- You are done.
Here's a supply list: A favorite tile pattern (browse Google images!) Lots of masking tape flat or satin latex wall paint in your chosen colors floor wax and sealer from your home supply store. Like this: http://www.hillyard.com/Material.asp?catind=1&x=2&pid=HIL0052806