Look What I made DIY: Stained Concrete Floors

01/12/2011 2:00 pm · 8 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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Thanks to Emily at Saving with a Plan 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.

Earlier this year we adopted a dog from our local rescue group C.A.R.E.. 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 didnt 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.

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.

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.

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flooring Houston
flooring Houston

Stained concrete is just beautiful. I love how you made it resemble tiles/marble by using tapes. I would choose this type of flooring over hardwood, tiles, and carpet any day. It is just so beautiful and easily maintained. Thank you for this great share!

concrete contractors Cook County
concrete contractors Cook County

Having well maintained concrete floors is the envy of many of us. The photos shared in this post are great examples of stained concrete floors. You can tell that they are well maintained. Having your floors stained not only beautifies the area but also helps reinforce its durability. Thanks for sharing.

Kim
Kim

Can you tell me where I can get more detailed instructions on the process? I'd love to try it. Your floors look awesome.

ty
ty

A listing of the products used and where they were purchased would be helpful. Thank you,

Marco Lima
Marco Lima

Looks good. I do this for a living. It's not paint, and noting like wood stain. There are many brands of concrete stain out there. Very surprised how good you did and you are just a diyer.

Lindsay
Lindsay

So the concrete isn't scored or cut? YOu just used paint (with tape to keep it straight) to make it look like grout lines all the way through? Looks amazing!!! I wish I would have thought of that, we tiled over our dining room concrete because the concrete was painted red and I didn't think I could do anything with that but maybe I could have buffed it or soemthing. I would also love more details!!!

Karen
Karen

You should do this for a living. I know it took a while but I would pay to have someone do this for me! Awesome JOB!!!!!!

Sandra Mitchell
Sandra Mitchell

I absolutely love it & would love to do that in our home. Does it get extremely cold in the winter months with the concrete floor? Do you have it throughout your home? What color of stain did you use & how exactly did you get it to look like theres grout lines? THANK YOU much for the information!

tilla ham
tilla ham

wow, beautiful! I have a friend with a concrete house and old nasty carpet, i will be sure to tell her about this option

Delphi
Delphi

Can you give more details? I would love to do this but have no idea where to start!

Madeline
Madeline

Your floors look great!!!

Anna
Anna

Great Job! Can you please tell me the brand and color of paint you used? How long did the entire process take? Thanks!

Melissa B
Melissa B

It looks great, What brand stain did you use?

Letty
Letty

That looks awesome! Great job!

Amy M
Amy M

I am super impressed! Great job!! :)

Tammy
Tammy

That is truly amazing looking - you are so talented.

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