My friend, Shelby, called me about
her dilemma. She and her husband
had taken up the carpet in a bedroom and
now was unsure what to do next.
She had seen my laundry room floor
that I painted (that will be in another post).
We kicked around a few ideas and colors.
Then, they rented a orbital floor sander to
rough the surface a bit and to get rid of
the glue and yucky stuff.
She cleaned the floor with "TSP"
to have a good clean surface to work on.
(little squeeze bottles),
a good sized spray bottle filled with water,
chip brushes, freeze dried coffee,
and concrete sealer.
We laughed, talked, and worked.
It was great, hard fun.
The surface was sprayed with water,
an area about 3 feet wide and about
18inches deep, an area within your reach.
This is important -
THE CONCRETE IS NOT PAINTED!!!
The paint is worked into the concrete.
The colors are applied randomly in the
wet areas and worked into the concrete.
Watch your strokes!
Random and muted is the best.
Keep the edges moist.
Because she and I were working together,
we would trade places often to make sure
that my half of the room didn't look
different from her half of the room.
And of course, this reminds me of a scripture...
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good
return for their work!
There were places where the carpet tack
boards had been nailed into the floor.
Would it be best to fill or just work that into
the character of the floor? Shelby decided
that we would work with the pits.
So, with a long bristle liner brush and
very thin brown paint, I laid in a few cracks.
Some people would pay good money to
repair cracks but these are "faux" so it's okay!
Shelby has finished the floor and
put the furniture back in place.
When she sends me photos of the finished room,
I will finish the instructions,
so come back soon!