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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.