This is the story of my $80 DIY painted concrete floors.
In case you missed my previous blog where I went through the whole process of how we remodeled our mudroom, check it out HERE!
But I have been asked a lot about the process of actually painting my floors, how it happened, and how YOU can do it as well! When we were remodeling our existing breezeway into a mudroom, we knew we had a tight budget, so we can to save somewhere. We actually found a lot of little places to save but the biggest one was flooring. My hubby wanted to tile the thing but (somehow) I convinced him that it would look loads better (and cheaper) to let me paint it. I may not have mentioned I was planning to paint flowers….but he loves it now so water under the bridge! He has been married to an interior designer long enough to expect these types of things! It was going to cost a couple of thousand dollars to install new tile.
But instead I did this painted floor make-over for less than $80.
So let’s recap, here was our before (shudder):
You probably can’t tell with the dirty, dirty floors,but our concrete was actually a smooth surface. If you have a rough concrete, it would not be a good candidate for this. I’m sure there are some Pinterest or YouTube ideas that could help you prep a floor to make it smooth, but I will leave that up to those experts! I did wait until we had drywalled our room until I started painting. I did decide to paint the floors BEFORE we installed our cabinets. That way I didn’t have to worry about painting around the lockers, and I had a nice open space to work in.
Here were the tools I used, I got everything from my local Ace Hardware supply store, but here are some links to where you can find it yourself:
Royal Interior/Exterior Porch Paint, Acrylic $29/ea now (mine were on sale for $20/ea)
**I bought three of these:
One in the untinted white
One in a custom gray color
One in a custom turquoise color
**I am SO sorry that I don’t have the exact color names for you, they custom matched it to a paint chip I gave them from another brand, so I don’t have the color names on the cans
Paint Roller covers (low nap), $5
Small craft brushes, three sizes, I already owned these
If you are tempted to save money and buy a standard interior acrylic paint: I beg you, please dont! I made the mistake when we first moved into our home and wanted a quick touch-up to these floors. I did paint the floors gray in porch paint. But then I spent hours stenciling a pattern in a standard white acrylic paint. After a month, all of my paint in the main traffic areas had worn off and it looked horrible. I had even added an epoxy clear finish to it. It simply didn’t hold up. Pay a little extra and go for something with the label “Porch Paint”
STEP 1: I cleaned my existing floors very well, and got rid of all dirt. Then I banished my children from the room for a week!
STEP 2: I used a roller, and rolled on my new gray porch paint. You will need a minimum of two coats, possibly more depending on your surface.
STEP 3: After it was dry, I cleaned my floors AGAIN. (I used Bona floor cleaner, but any gentle floor cleaner will work)
STEP 4: I wanted more than two colors on my floor, but I’m on a budget here! So I took all three of my cans of paint and custom mixed them, creating five different colors of paint. All were different shades of turquoise, aqua, and gray so I could keep a simple color scheme. Confession time: I couldn’t find any containers so I used my kid’s old sippy cups to hold my new colors! (Don’t worry, I threw them out after I was done)
STEP 5: I’ll be honest, I just used inexpensive craft paintbrushes I stole my kiddo’s craft closet! I used three different sizes to achieve different looks.
I used my biggest brush to create the shapes, then my smaller two brushes for the details. The smallest brush I used? You know those cheap little brushes that come wth kid’s watercolor sets? Bingo! The whole thing took about 20 hours, which I did over a week of naptimes and post bedtimes, and a LOT of chocolate chip cookies! But finally it was done:
STEP 5: I cleaned the floors AGAIN!
STEP 6: I added four layers of my clear epoxy finish. I wanted this baby to last as long as possible! I rolled it on, it went on similar to paint, just a bit thinner.
Here are some photos after the finished product! We did this project about a year ago, so we have now endured two Michigan winters with three small kiddos and now an overgrown Labradoodle pup, so if you couldn’t tell: we are hard on our floors!
So people have asked me, how has it lasted? Honestly, it has held up beautifully! When we were installing our cabinets, a couple parts of the floor did get a little roughed up if you look closely. But honestly, I’m a busy mom of three, I don’t spend a lot of time on my hands and knees looking for the imperfections! I can find plenty of those in the beautiful, messy life we lead! Those epoxy coats are really important to protecting your handiwork. If I notice that I am starting to see scratches in the future, I will probably add another coat or two. But for now, it is a tough but pretty floor. I clean up by sweeping it and cleaning it with Bona, it is honestly the easiest floor to clean in the whole house.
THE BEST PART IS: IT CAN TAKE ANYTHING.
My kids dump their wet snow clothes on the floor, track in mud, and leave puddles of water when the snow melts off their boots. Unlike tile or wood, there isn’t much that can hurt this floor. And if there is, I promise you, my four-year-old little dynamo will find the way to do it!
If you are thinking there is no way you could hand-paint your floors, then try out a stencil! It is the same steps, but it’s like throwing some training wheels onto the process:
This one is from Tory Burch in East Hamptons, if she has a painted floor, I think you should too:
This stencil was used over an old wood floor, and includes a tutorial:
So if you are thinking about painting your concrete floor, let me know! I would love to see your results! Share them with me on FACEBOOK (where I share tons of design tips and ideas with you!) or follow me over on PINTEREST! Here’s a recent tutorial I did on how to create the perfect tabletop vingette:
Check out this and so many more great ideas, linked up at: