One of the “hottest” trends right now are stained and painted concrete floors. While most of us would contract this job out if you take the time to do your
research, it can be a DIY project you can take on yourself! Here are some tips to get you on the right path:
- First and foremost, painting cement floors should only be done after cleaning, planning and making sure you have all of the needed materials. This is definitely NOT the project that you want to realize halfway through that you don’t have all the tools you need.
- Repair floor damage. Check with your local hardware store to find what materials you’ll need to fix cracks and holes. Filling compounds used should dry hard, so avoid caulk or spackling.
- If you find that the concrete is damp, never paint the floor as the source of the moisture problem must be addressed first.
- Oil-based paints work best for painting a floor. Be sure to check that the primer and paint you use are suitable for use with each other and with the floor material you need to cover.
- You’ll need to use at least two coats of paint when painting cement floors. Once the base coats down, then you can get creative and use your imagination to decorate your floor.
- After painting, a polyurethane coating should be added for protection and maximum durability.
- Routine maintenance and upkeep for your beautiful new floor will be two or three coats of clear urethane every two years to maintain the floor’s appearance.
Whether you do it inside or out, painting a concrete floor can really add a WOW factor to your home. You can opt for just staining or painting or you can go all in with stencils or carvings. Either way will give you a unique, new look to an area!