Bobbi Perreault
Bobbi Perreault
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  • Glencoe, MN

Painted Concrete Floors That Last and Last and Last

$100
3 Days
Easy

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:
  1. Pick your pattern. I had the clock face for a table top and Google showed some nice brick patio arrangements.
  2. Use masking tape to outline the brick pattern. Where the tape is, the concrete natural color will show.
  3. Paint the first darkest brick color over the entire floor. No worries about seeping, as fuzzy lines make a painting look more natural.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. When the sealer is dry, put on two or three coats of wax.
  9. You are done.

finished porch floor.
finished porch floor.
To prepare for painting, I putdown masking tape everywhere Ineeded the concrete to remainunpainted.
To prepare for painting, I putdown masking tape everywhere Ineeded the concrete to remainunpainted.
painted concrete floors that last and last and last, diy, flooring, painting, porches
The center circle will be aclock face.  I like that picture and want to see it all the time
The center circle will be aclock face. I like that picture and want to see it all the time
This is the first coat of paint,it's a brick red color.  The paint I used was Oops paint, from Home Depot.  (flat or semi-gloss latex interior, it got sealed in later)
This is the first coat of paint,it's a brick red color. The paint I used was Oops paint, from Home Depot. (flat or semi-gloss latex interior, it got sealed in later)
The second coat is the brick red from before with some beigemixed in - slightly warmerand lighter in tone. I put it down in each brick,leaving an outline of the darker brick red on the edges.
The second coat is the brick red from before with some beigemixed in - slightly warmerand lighter in tone. I put it down in each brick,leaving an outline of the darker brick red on the edges.
Also, it's hard to see here,but there's a border around the outside of the floorwhich has remained the dark color
Also, it's hard to see here,but there's a border around the outside of the floorwhich has remained the dark color
The last color on the bricks isa golden color, tan.  It's sponged over the top of the bricksleaving a pretty darn close approximation of bricks.
The last color on the bricks isa golden color, tan. It's sponged over the top of the bricksleaving a pretty darn close approximation of bricks.
Sponging, different view, and here the tape is coming off to show the unpainted concrete below.
Sponging, different view, and here the tape is coming off to show the unpainted concrete below.
Pulling off the tape.
Pulling off the tape.
The tape is up andit's time to paint the clock.
The tape is up andit's time to paint the clock.
painted concrete floors that last and last and last, diy, flooring, painting, porches
This clock face came out of a magazine (not too much of that on the Internet yet when I did this floor)  It's traced onto the concrete.
This clock face came out of a magazine (not too much of that on the Internet yet when I did this floor) It's traced onto the concrete.
Just outlining where the tracings are.
Just outlining where the tracings are.
The final steps are so important.  Two coats of sealer (http://www.hillyard.com/Material.asp?x=1&pid=130)and three coats of wax. Industrial floor sealer like you get from Hillard.  (I think Home Depot or Lowes probably has it too.)
The final steps are so important. Two coats of sealer (http://www.hillyard.com/Material.asp?x=1&pid=130)and three coats of wax. Industrial floor sealer like you get from Hillard. (I think Home Depot or Lowes probably has it too.)
A link to the type of wax: ( http://www.hillyard.com/Material.asp?catind=1&x=2&pid=HIL0052806&cid= )
A link to the type of wax: ( http://www.hillyard.com/Material.asp?catind=1&x=2&pid=HIL0052806&cid= )
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

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7 questions
  • Kwjalien
    on Jul 22, 2016

    I love this,so pretty. How much did it cost?

    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Jul 22, 2016

      Thanks. I bought 5 gal. of sealer and also 5 gal of wax - each at 50.00. But for a room this size 1 gal. would be enough. the cost of the paint was very low because it was left over that I had. I'd say I used a half gallon of paint. I'm sorry I can't be more precise.

  • B. Enne
    on Sep 4, 2016

    Hi great post thanks! Since this is an older post the floor sealer and wax links no longer work. If you have a moment, could you please tell us if you used a floor waxing machine, and tell us which sealer and wax would be closest to what you used from this link? Thanks: https://b2b.hillyard.com/product/index/grid/wwsa/C~11782,PL~11839" target="_blank">https://b2b.hillyard.com/product/index/grid/w...

    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Sep 4, 2016

      Oh, sorry, I didn't realize the link is broken. Last year I needed to refresh the wax and I bought it at Home Depot. I see it at Walmart too. Zep Commercial Floor Finish. There are no machines involved.

    • B. Enne
      on Sep 4, 2016

      Great! I have no idea how to use an industrial waxer, so that is a relief! Thank you for your prompt response!

    • Ardale
      on Jan 21, 2017

      Wow awesome paint job! Your floor is just beautiful and to think I actually laid real brick veneer on one of our floors and sealed it when we built our house. Also love your clock! Would love to see some of your other painted floors as well! Great job!

  • Kay Foss
    on Jan 23, 2017

    could this be outside ?? away to water proof?

  • Joa23243682
    on Jul 9, 2017

    How did you come up with the grid pattern for the "bricks"?
    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Jul 9, 2017

      Hi, Joan
      I googled brick patio and looked at the images. Then I picked the one I liked the best out. And taped it out on the floor.
  • Angie
    on Aug 17, 2017

    I LOVE this! My only concern is how do you clean it?
    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Aug 17, 2017

      Hi, I put Dawn dish soap in the scrub bucket with the water. I think stronger chemicals would potentially make the wax turn yellow or make it brittle.
    • Angie
      on Aug 18, 2017

      And you can mop it? Maybe my cement is too rough for this? But I love how yours turned out! I love any frugal solution!
  • Mamie Eskritt-Groff
    on Jun 2, 2018

    Could I do this in an old shower cement floor. ???


    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Jun 2, 2018

      I would, I think with the wax it will be fine. But no harsh cleaners, only soap and water.

  • Suzanne Brodie
    on Jan 20, 2019

    This is beautiful! What did you use to paint or draw the clock hands with?

    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Jan 20, 2019

      Hi, Suzanne

      I had come carbon copy paper - old school style.


      Have you seen how sometimes, with a #2 pencil people will cover the reverse side of a pattern with pencil shading. Then put the pattern on the surface to transfer and trace? The pencil marks are transferred where the tracing was done. That's how I guess I would do it today.

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  • Diana Deiley
    on Jul 5, 2017

    Amazing. Looks wonderful and I love the floor clock, it's unusual and quirky. A lot of thought and artistic work but well worth it. I'd keep it. Thanks for sharing.
  • Was this all masting taped down and paint over, need a step by step
    • Bobbi Perreault
      on Jul 9, 2017

      Hi, Rosenamiley29. Yes, it was masking tape and latex paint then sealed with industrial floor wax. Those pics above are the steps. But I'll add a rundown summary at the beginning. Maybe that will help.

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