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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Painting Concrete Floors

The dwindling funds require some changes in plans (meaning: kitchen cabinets or tiling house) so, instead of tiling the house, we're looking at painting the concrete floors. Our neighbors just did a room and we took a look at it yesterday. I thought it looked pretty good. Some people go with designs and faux tile looks but we would just paint one color. I'm thinking something in the beige family - like the tile I would have chosen. Hopefully, we can tile the house later on. Has anyone painted their concrete floors?


Blogger Calla Lilly said...

I've always thought that was a wonderful idea - especially if you have animals. Also, living in Florida, you will probably appreciate the cooler feeling that concrete floors will give you.

10:49 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I painted the concrete floor in our basement apartment a few years ago. Of course, I had to go nuts and attempt a diamond checked pattern, which made it tough. We primed the concrete with oil based Kilz and then rolled on two coats of high gloss porch paint (in white and beige). It looked beautiful. I cleaned it with a damp mop, but would have to get down on my hands and knees occasionally to do the scuffed places.
Many restaurants and stores here are having their concrete floors stained and sealed to a glossy shine. I think this treatment would ultimately be more durable, but I'm not sure if it's a do it yourself job.
Let us know how it turns out!

12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A word of caution: my friend painted her floors and they were wonderful, but when she decided to tile years later, she had to stip all those coats of paint off. The installer said the warranty on the tiles was no good if the floors were painted. Ugh

12:45 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Happy Housewife said...

Thanks for the tip, Anonymous. I'll look into that.

Meredith, your floor sounds nice. Yes, I'll be sure to blog about my floors and take pics, too.

Calla Lilly, yes, cool floors are always a good idea here in FL.

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Mary Stella said...

I second what anonymous said, my MIL had to scrape off the paint and sealer from her concrete floors before tiling them. She may not have had to do that if they would have done the tiling themselves, though. Also, the sanded paint she used for texture was a pain to clean! It shredded her mops!

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Suzan said...

Does anyone know of any books that would give ideas or stencils for the concrete floors. I have no imagination or artistic talent.

9:58 PM  

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