Today I thought I would share some info on our freshly poured stained concrete floors we did throughout all the common areas of our home.
This was quite the labor of love, I think it probably requires a medium amount of DIY skill, and determination to complete… but totally worth the money you save! I lost track of all the receipts, but I think it ended up costing about $1 a square foot doing it all ourselves.
The first thing we did was watch a lot of YouTube. This particular set of videos we found really helpful. We ordered this set of Concrete Tools from Amazon and picked up the rest of the supplies at Lowe’s.
We previously had laminate floors, so they came up relatively easy. We put plastic protective sheeting all over the walls to protect from spatter and other nonsense.
We didn’t need to repair our foundation before we laid the concrete, because it is self leveling so it filled in the minor cracks, and fixed our uneven concrete foundation pretty well on it’s own. If you do need some concrete sealer, find out more information at SealWithEase.com You need to mop + vacuum your floor to make it AS CLEAN as possible before you lay your concrete. We applied a bonding agent that we picked up from Lowe’s and let it dry before we started pouring concrete. It can be found in the flooring section of your local Lowe’s.
Following the video tutorials, we mixed, poured, and raked the concrete. You have to work really fast at this step, and have multiple pairs of hands helping. I was in charge of mixing, and my husband did the pouring. The key we found is that you really need to roll over them A LOT with the spiked metal roller to get all the air bubbles out. Here is our floors freshly poured.
It takes about 12 hours for it to be able to walk on, we went to the mountains with Rylen’s family while it dried. That worked out nicely.
When we got home the following night they had dried a pretty dark grey, we noticed that some parts bubbled where we didn’t roll out the air bubbles enough. I’m not super worried about it, but my husband is scheming how to fix them. I think concrete floors are okay if you aren’t a perfectionist, if you are, doing them yourself might drive you crazy. I kinda like the personality.
I stained them a solid coat cement stain we picked up at Sherwin Williams. You can literally pick any paint color, and have the concrete stain tinted… which I thought was pretty cool. Then we sealed it with sealer also purchased at Sherwin Williams.
Overall, I am really happy with the results. It is durable, and really easy to clean as well as sanitize which is great for little kids!