The Big Reveal
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Last week, my daughter and I went to Houston, leaving my husband, Cap’n Firepants, to supervise the installation of our new concrete floors. Actually, “installation” is probably not the correct word. The floors were already here, and already concrete. But we wanted them to be transformed into something a bit more esthetically pleasing.
The Cap’n was great about keeping me updated during the whole process. He would periodically text pics to my phone so I could see the progress of the work by Riverbed Concrete’s crew.
First, our kitchen floor, which had been tiled, needed the grout from the tile ground away.
Then, the floor in our “Great Area” had to be ground as well.
The kitchen needed a “micro-topping” of concrete to smooth the floor out. We chose to forego the micro-topping in the Great Area, opting instead to embrace any imperfections – such as the long crack down the floor – as details that would give it character.
The Cap’n had designed a grid for the Great Area based on a picture we had found online. The men had to measure and tape off the grid, then put grooves in the floor along the lines. This would allows for the different stain colors to have crisp edges.
Once the floor was prepped, it was stained.
Dimples and I arrived home from our Houston trip just as the floor staining was finished. I almost cried to see the improvement in our floors.
The next step was to seal the floors. This is where things went a bit different than what we had planned. The sealer surprisingly acted as an equalizer between our dark and light stains, making the contrast much less than we had originally hoped for.
We were a little disappointed in the change from unsealed to sealed. However, the overall effect is a dramatic improvement over our original floors – and way more durable for a house with a kid, two dogs, and a man who likes to spend time in the yard (sometimes bringing some of it back in with him).
You can see what the above area looked like originally here.
We finally, after six months, can usher people into the house without having to say, “Sorry about the floors…”
Now we just need new furniture.
Posted on March 19, 2012, in Cap'n Firepants, Dimples, Dogs, Family, Humor, Interior Decorating, Mrs. P.I.B., Wonderbutt and tagged concrete, floors, humor, redecorate, renovate, stain. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.
I know. It’s probably hard to conceive of ever wanting concrete floors when you live in NJ.
Yay! It’s finally done and it looks amazing!
Thanks. I’m happy about it being done. Still cleaning up the dust, though.
It looks beautiful!
Thank you. It sure is an improvement!
That looks awesome! I love stained concrete, and Cap’n did a fab job on the grids. Very nice!
He really did do a good job. That’s definitely one of his many talents.
It looks fantastic – love the before and after pics – sounds exhausting though!
What’s really exhausting is the clean-up!
I sent the link to my mom so she could see it to. It looks absolutely amazing! I bet you just stare at it and love it. Hopefully the doggies can’t do any damage. 🙂
It will be hard for them to damage it, but I’m not putting it past Wonderbutt to find a way.
OMG! I had no idea people could make concrete floors look so amazing! It looks absolutely gorgeous. It truly does.
Thanks. Concrete floors are really becoming the “thing” here in the hot part of Texas, so you can find all kinds of designs and techniques.
I am sure that you must be really pleased with the end result..it looks wonderful… What does WB think of it
He likes to collapse on his stomach on the cool floor.
That is an amazing transformation. Lots of work, but lots of future satisfaction. Enjoy!
At one point, I suggested to the Cap’n that we try to do it ourselves. I think I seriously need to be checked into an asylum.
Looks fabulous! and what a great way to make the floor beautiful and functional for the dogs to be running around on 🙂
It’s a good alternative if you live in a climate that’s triple digits half the year like ours.
Its beautiful! I didn’t know they could make concrete floors looks so stunning. Plus like you said, very durable. It’ll be so much fun to decorate in there now!
P.S. I really like that comment about Wonderbutt’s “inferior decorating” – inspired!
Thanks for noticing the “inferior decorating”! That clown just thinks he knows what looks good!
That is absolutely stunning! Now I want to do that here…
I’m not sure I would ever want to go through it again, but I am glad that we did it.
Fantastic! So, how far along is Wonderbutt in eating it?
Haha. Yeah. I guess you saw his “revenge” already since I am responding so late.
The Collies and chuck 🙂
Thanks! I knew the collies would approve!
Wow! It looks awesome!
Thanks. Seriously, though – our furniture brings it down ;(
I think that removing our furniture accounts for 50% of the effect.
“Looks” indestructible…I wonder if it’s Wonderbutt-ible? BMTO!
Ah – Wonderbutt-ible! I will definitely have to add that to my vocabulary.
It looks great. I loved the first picture showing the original floor. You will have to remind Cap’n Firepants not to dribble on the new floor! 🙂
Wonderbutt drools after he drinks from his water bowl, and we have to be careful not to slip and slide!
Love your new floors – I didn’t know stained concrete could be so beautiful!
Thanks. Although, I think anything would look beautiful compared to what we had before!
Stunning – can we hire the Captain to do our floors?
Really nice. Worth the hard work you guys put in!
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