DIY Concrete Stained flooring

04/13/2013 4:03 pm · 18 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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How to Stain Concrete Floors

Thanks to Emily for passing along this thrifty tip on how to stain your concrete floors. Oh my word… I totally feel in love with this idea, and it looks amazing! If you would like to be a featured guest post on Look What I Made , watch for our weekly post each Tuesday called A Thrifty online craft fair, link up and you may be selected for our weekly feature post.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring

Earlier this year we adopted a dog from our local rescue group. This dog was not house trained and in our efforts to “convert” him he chewed a massive hole in our living room carpet all the way through the padding. We didn’t want to replace this with more carpet and didn’t want the expense of tile or wood floors. We looked at so many options and then ran across information on stained concrete floors. We completed the process which I will show you below and it turned out amazingly well. It would have cost us over $3000 for new carpet and more than that for tile or wood floors and we purchased the items needed to stain the concrete ourselves and instead got the job done for less than $600 and have ended up with a much better outcome in my opinion. No more renting carpet cleaner or freaking out when something is spilled, I just wipe it up and move on!

Here are some visuals of different points in our project. The first step is to remove the existing carpet and padding and then thoroughly clean the floors.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring step by step

So here we are with bare concrete floors after removing the tack strips and yes that is my huge black dog enjoying the cool concrete. The most amusing factor of the whole project was watching my husband try to use a buffer.

As you can see the tape we laid the lines down to make this look like tile/marble and we did not want to actually cut grout lines into our concrete as we didn’t want our house filled with concrete dust. Always follow the directions on your stain, not following directions caused us to have to do the staining process twice. Here is the result after the second round.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring step by step tape design restain

We were finally satisfied with the color so we removed the tape, sealed and waxed the floors after they had completely dried, and there we have the end result. I used a stencil and gold paint to accent the border. In all it took 5 days and it’s pretty maintenance free from there. I do have to re-seal and wax mine occasionally because of my dogs.

DIY Concrete Stained Flooring Final example

UPDATE : Here are answers to the questions your readers had! I’m so glad people are liking the idea.

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* The entire process takes 4-5 days depending on how dirty your concrete is. The concrete must be completely cleaned including renting a buffer with a “scratch” pad to get all of the dirt and grime up. It took us 2 days to get the floor clean and the kit that we purchased did come with a special cleaner to help loosen any stains that may be on the concrete. Cleaning is your most important step, if you leave stains they WILL show through. If you have previously had carpet you will need to remove the tac strips which will likely leave holes in your concrete, these must be filled and sanded down. We created an 8 inch border around the entire room and used a vinyl concrete to resurface the border due to the large holes the tac strips left behind.

* We purchased our staining kit from  here, we purchased 2 colors of stain to get the marbled effect- Here are a number of color choices to choose from. Make sure you follow the instructions and use the “Concrete Prep” solution to open the pores of your concrete or you risk the stain acting as a paint instead of actually penetrating the concrete.

* You do have the option of scoring or cutting your concrete and this can be done using a worm drive saw. We chose not to do this because we have kids and pets and I didn’t want to be constantly cleaning dirt out of the grout lines. We made a very intricate border and used 1/4 inch Quilters tape. The tape acts as your grout line, you lay the tape after cleaning your floors. You stain the floors to your desired color, seal the floors and when those steps are complete you remove the tape from the floors leaving you a nice gray grout line. You can purchase the quilters tape at Hancock fabrics and make sure you use the white, the neon colors didn’t stick very well.

* I have not experienced the floors being extremely cold like I expected, they are not nearly as cold as my tile floors. Right now my living room is the only room with stained concrete but we plan to continue it throughout the entire downstairs.

Below is a better picture of the border and tape used to create the grout lines and also the gold stenciling within the border.  Also YouTube has multiple videos on how to stain concrete floors.

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DIY Concrete Stained Flooring Final example of tape design

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22 comments
MegLynn
MegLynn

Don't do it, the floor becomes way too slick and you are likely to bust your butt if you walk on it regularly ever.

Andy112647
Andy112647

I'm impressed with the results. It's a lot of work for one person. This is definitely not a project to rush on or into. I'd suggest one take the time to plan each step. DIY usually takes twice the time one originally planned to take.

   Floor Sanding London
Floor Sanding London

Great Staining!! A floor looks fabulous in that colors..... I liked the first picture the most...But now so many   Such so many options are available like wooden floors, hardwood floors, solid oak floors etc. Keep updating and keep checking the newer options also.

Jay@DIYer
Jay@DIYer

Floors look great, I will be doing mine soon. The question I have is what did you do about the space left from when the carpet and tack strips were removed? (The gap from bottom of trim to the floor)

Cheryl
Cheryl

Hello Love Love Love what you did with your floor! Can you please tell me what two colors you used?  Thanks!

NewHomeowner0807
NewHomeowner0807

Yes, please explain what colors you used and method for spraying the colors.

sharon
sharon

Please explain what colors you used and did you spray them wet together or spray one, let it dry and then the second one.

Anne Loyd
Anne Loyd

It looks like tile! I especially love the patterned border! We have tile already but this is really a good idea. I am impressed! I wish we would have done this to our garage instead of the epoxy. This looks so much better!!!

Brenda
Brenda

Your floor looks great! I love it! So much work! We've been thinking of staining our outdoor concrete. For one thing, there's a lot of it, so some color (other than grey) would be good. You've given me encouragement! Thank you!

Cindy
Cindy

Wow! This is amazing! Beautiful! I too would like to know the colors you used!

Yani Animuss
Yani Animuss

You all did a great job! It looks nice! For weeks now I have been looking for a way to protect wood flooring from pet situations. I read that some epoxys are toxic to pets and are not urine proof, if they do have an accident. Do you have any ideas of what can be put over hardwood flooring to help protect them? Thank you.

d~
d~

I am amazed....looks beautiful.

sarah
sarah

Did you leave the tape.. or remove and paint in the lines?

Chrissy
Chrissy

is this something that one could do outside?? We have a huge wrap around cement porch (covered by a roof) adn the cement is so dull and I've been thinking of ideas of how to change that. Also, can I ask about the cost? How much was the buffer and stain?

Teresa
Teresa

I love it! And you guys did a great job. We have scored concrete floors and I wouldn't change it for anything. Like you said, you wipe it up and go on. We also have pets (and kids) and these floors are great. What type of sealer did you use? Just curious, it is a long story and I won't bore you, but we need a sealer for our bathroom.

Sarah
Sarah

Can you tell us which two colors of stains you picked out? The color combination looks great! Thanks!

Kim
Kim

I was wondering about the cold issue too. I'm also wondering if it's hard to stand on too long - like tile. And what about kids that trip and fall all the time - I imagine it's pretty hard to land on. Have you noticed either of those issues?

tia
tia

thanks for the answers to questions---i had wanted to know how cold it was because i am ALWAYS cold and it looked cold! (have the mini-heater on under my desk right now! the floor looks GORGEOUS!

Ruth
Ruth

This looks amazing!! You did a great job!! thanks for sharing!

jessica
jessica

Wow..that looks really nice..i have hardwood floors in my home but this make me want concrete! Great Job!

athriftymom
athriftymom moderator

 @NewHomeowner0807 We purchased our staining kit from Acidcrete.com, we purchased 2 colors of stain to get the marbled effect and Acidcrete.com has a number of color choices to choose from. Make sure you follow the instructions and use the “Concrete Prep” solution to open the pores of your concrete or you risk the stain acting as a paint instead of actually penetrating the concrete.

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