Painting Residential concrete floors

How To Paint ConcreteWhat do you do when you need to replace carpet and feel like doing that is just not…creative enough? Well my lovelies, if you are anything like me you paint the concrete subfloor!!

Not so awesome. But I have big plans in store and it all starts with my personal White Box Challenge ala Design Star.

I DID NOT want carpet in Ivie’s room and our hardwood is discontinued (and expensive) so I said to myself “Self. Lets paint the crap out of that floor.” And that is just what happened. You can do the majority of project in a day for less than $150.00.

Painting concrete can be a little daunting. Especially because most of us have never painted a floor before. I was concerned about durability and finish. When I went into my local Sherwin-Williams, Sam the Manager was SO nice and patient and answered every single one of my questions. Twice. Because I am thorough like that.

Sherwin_Williams_logoWhen you are painting concrete the first thing that needs to be addressed is the carpet glue.

STEP 1: Remove Carpet Glue

Carpet glue is LEGIT. It is one of the strongest adhesives and can be really hard to remove. The best product to use is Lacquer Thinner. BUT it is extremely flammable. You will want to use a plastic brush and plastic scraper to get the majority of the glue off. Douse the glue with Lacquer Thinner and let it sit until it evaporates, this will soften the glue. Then douse it again. Use your plastic brush to loosen the glue and then scrape it off with your plastic scraper. Once the majority is gone and the lacquer thinner is dry go back over it with a floor scraper to remove any residue left over.

036STEP 2: Remove Thick Areas Of Paint

Sorry for the awesome picture…you know when its 10:00 and your husband is scraping in a fury just so you will leave him alone and he is not wanting to be a blog model? Ya. Me too.

When the builder built our house they sprayed the walls and baseboard so there was a high concentration of paint right at the base of the walls. THEN when we moved in we sprayed the baseboard too. So there was at least 4 layers of paint and it was thick. We used a floor scraper to remove the thickest areas. YOU DO NOT NEED TO REMOVE ALL OF THE PAINT! We scraped off a good chunk of it and the rest we sanded so it blended into the floor and didn’t leave a lip (but we will get into that in a minute)

STEP 3: Repair Concrete

This step sounds WAY more daunting than it really is. If you have previously had carpet you will need to patch the holes that the tack strips left behind.

Simply mix some Quickcrete and fill the hole:

Use a metal scraper or putty knife to smooth it out as much as you can.

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