In some recent posts, many of you apparently noticed my floors. I've received quite a few comments and emails asking about my floors. My most recent post showed you an example of my floors.
Here's another view of the floors.
Throughout most of our downstairs, we have painted concrete floors. These floors are one of my favorite things in the house. In the picture above, you see the first entry area has hardwood and originally most everything else was carpeted. I hate carpet. When you have boys and dogs, the carpet gets yucky really fast. We considered just putting hardwood floors everywhere but 1) that is expensive! and 2) I have two big chocolate labs whose ginormous claws scratch hardwood floors so that they just aren't that pretty. Since hardwood is expensive or labor-intensive to refinish, we decided to just pull up all the carpet and paint the floors. I would love to pull up that hardwood and do the same. (hopefully that will be a future project). We used concrete floor paint in a dark brown and painted it on. We didn't want a perfect floor because we wanted a bit of character.
After applying the paint, we finished with a couple of coats of poly sealer. It held up really well for a couple of years and then it started to show wear. I actually liked some of the wear because I didn't want it to look so new. I wanted it to look aged, time-worn.
But then, this happened:
It didn't happen everywhere. It happened mostly by the back door and by the stairs where these two little darlings jump, run and slide the most.
Ballou (she's not usually this calm at the back door)
Bella (yep, she's sleeping on top of a coffee table up in the TV room. My husband thinks this is so cute. I have other opinions. This dog is a bit wierd different anyway. See those ginormous nails she has?)
But guess what? If the floor chips or wears too much for your taste, you just repaint. It's so much easier and cheaper than refinishing floors.
Probably if we had added more coats of poly or prepped like the directions said to, it would have lasted a bit longer. I believe stain would have lasted longer as well. It doesn't matter to us. We love the concrete floors. If something spills, who cares? It just wipes up. You can't hurt this floor. Here's an unexpected bonus: Our neighbors recently had huge foundation issues. They told us about huge cracks in their concrete slab foundation. Our first thought was, "oh my goodness, I wonder if we have problems with our foundation?" Oh wait, we see our foundation everyday. It's our floor. Other than the original tiny hairline cracks and imperfections it started with (which I like), it's doing just fine.
The worst part of doing these floors was adding all of the trim moulding since removing the carpet left a gap between our baseboards and the floor. That was a bit of a pain for my husband but it all looks great. We haven't pulled up the carpet in the sunroom yet. When I begin to redo that room this summer, we will get rid of the carpet and paint the floors the same color. Hopefully, I'll get to show you a tutorial when it's done.
Sorry for some of the bad photos in this post. I wasn't planning on posting about my floors but so many of you had asked. Today is a cloudy day and dark floors don't photograph well in a dark day so I had to use photos I already had.
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