Monday, May 6, 2013

A Painted Floor

I am going to go ahead and just get it over with.  You guys?  I painted the floor.  From the first time I saw this room, I had a picture in my head. Granted - it didn't look ANYTHING like what I was imagining...
It took a lot of work, and a lot of time, but finally...
 
Like I said - I KNEW it could happen! Removing the wheelchair ramp and cleaning the space made a huge difference, but I was hoping for just a little bit more.  I cleaned and etched the concrete floors to prep them for paint, and then impatiently waited for them to dry.  Once they were FINALLY dry, I got started with a basecoat of white porch paint from Valspar.
We then let that cure for a few days.  The boys absolutely loved this for some reason, it was SO bright and white in there that we started to refer to it as the swimming pool.

After letting that dry, I got started on drawing in my lines.  I would love to write a detailed how-to for this, but the truth is I totally messed it up, got angry, erased everything to start over and eventually it all worked out.  And then I taped them.
I used a wood chisel to make sure that my corners were nice and straight.  If you are doing this, remember, you can't just tape the diamond shape, you have to tape inside the line so that your blocks are all the same size.  It is considerably tougher than painting stripes, but if I can do it anyone can! I painted my diamonds ('New Concrete' by Valspar), eagerly pulled off the tape, and...
UGH.  Even the Frogtape for delicate surfaces was a little too harsh for this project.  I spent a good portion of that night crawling around touching up the lines, but in the end - it was all worth it.
That door is no longer with us - stay tuned for that update later this week!
Eventually we will fill in the room a little more, and we will probably bring that cool green locker back in for outside toy storage, but for now - I am just loving the transformation of our mudroom!
Our total cost for this project was right around $70, which isn't super cheap - but it is not all that much for such a great change!

What do you think?  Would you ever paint a pattern on the floor?

Linking up: Mad Skills Monday, Metamorphosis Monday, Craft-o-Maniac, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Tuesdays Treasures, Thrifty Decor Chick Before and After Party, Southern Lovely Show and Share, House of Hepworths,

36 comments:

  1. Holy Moly it looks awesome! Very impressive.

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    1. Thanks ally! About halfway through I really thought it wasn't going to work at all!

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  2. I can't believe it is the same room! I would not have ever tried to paint that floor at all, but it looks wonderful. I am impressed Bekah!! Fantastic makeover. I say move over Martha...Bekah is on her way!!!

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    1. Haha Thanks!! I do still like the idea of stain like you suggested - and we have a whole bunch of outdoor concrete that could use some love...

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  3. WOWZA! It looks absolutely amazing and I wouldn't doubt that it doesn't end up on Apartment Therapy or in a magazine. It seriously looks awesome.

    Excuse me while I pick my jaw up from off the floor.

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I keep peeking out the door to see it and make sure I didn't dream it. Haha!

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  4. My word!! It looks incredible!

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    1. Thanks! Toldya it would be cute one day! Haha! You saw it in its 'before' state!

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  5. That is INCREDIBLE! omg.
    I thought the "after" picture was like an inspiration picture from a magazine at first.
    You did an amazing job!

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    1. Thanks!! I am so excited that it turned out the way I had hoped!

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  6. I am very impressed that must have been a lot of work! It looks amazing! Great job!

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  7. WOW! This looks incredible!! Great job. Seriously, it looks like a different place entirely now. :)

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  8. FANTASTIC makeover. I could really use your eye and the extra set of hands around the UDH. Ha!

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  9. It looks so chic! And I LOVE that chair in the corner!

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    1. Thank you! I love that chair, and I've never been able to find it a good home before!

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  10. Fantastic, Bekah! Your dad and I love it!

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    1. Thank Ann! You guys should come over soon!

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  11. HOLY CRAPOLI!!! i love this. love love love it. what a difference!!

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  12. Wow! That looks amazing! I absolutely love it! Good job...

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  13. Amazing amazing amazing! It looks like something out of a magazine!

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! That window that looks out onto it is the one that I am thinking of doing your awesome lace treatment to!

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  14. This is gorgeous!!! Seriously- magazine quality gorgeous! You did a fantastic job. The room looks completely different!

    Is the paint holding up okay or will it scuff off since the tape peeled it up?

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    1. Thanks!

      So far, the paint hasn't scuffed or chipped at all. I'm not really sure why it reacted to the tape that badly - but so far it seems fine. I have even cleaned it twice now with no scuffs.

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  15. What a wonderful job, and a amazing transformation. It looks stunning.

    That has been on my list of to do things for the back porch...one day.

    Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen! It was well worth the time it took - you will love it when you get to it!

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  16. Wow... that's amazing! It completely takes the look from 'I'm here' to "well put together"! Now if I only had some concrete... ;)

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  17. It looks fabulous! What a great pattern. I am totally inspired to do this on my concrete patio or even on an outdoor area rug. Great job:)
    Krista

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