Staining Concrete Floors

Well, I have to say I’m a bit surprised. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. For some reason, I thought our floors were going to turn out something like this:

 

Apparently you get that finish if you acid etch it first. Since we skipped that step, it turned out as one flat color. Which I like, I just wasn’t expecting it!

It looks a lot like paint, right? The benefits of the stain over paint though, are that it’s a lot harder to chip. It will have a much better durability than the porch and floor paint we used at Grandma’s house. We also sealed it with a wet-look concrete sealer, so it will stay nice and shiny (and easy to clean!) Since we didn’t acid-etch the floor, we could have saved ourselves a lot of trouble by rolling on the stain rather than using the garden sprayer (which got stain everywhere and cost me a couple of hours of touch up paint) but such is life. I’m quite happy with the solid look, and it will be much cleaner than our old, pet-stained carpet. It already smells so much better, we should have done it ages ago!

7 thoughts on “Staining Concrete Floors

  1. the floor looks great! i had painted concrete floor in my room when i lived with my parents. we painted the sky on the floor – which i loved when i was in middle school.

    this is a great grown-up way though 🙂

  2. Hi, do you have a tutorial for how to do this? Is it relatively simple to do? Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! Lisa

    1. Not really, actually. We’ve moved since then, and have a 2500 square foot house with vaulted ceilings and all the floors are stained concrete. No echoes whatsoever. Furnishings put a pretty big stop to that. I think you’d have to have an empty room with metal walls to have an echo problem!

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