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How to Paint a Concrete Floor and Garden Accessories at Home

Updated on January 25, 2017

Freshen Up Your Concrete Using Easy Techniques

How to paint a concrete floor and garden accessories. Is your home built on a slab, do you need to paint concrete such as a porch, basement or garage floor or do you have outdoor ornaments ? Are you ready to do something different to it? You may have thought about carpet, tiles or wood floors, but they still remain unfinished and not much to see. If you're waiting to win the lottery so you can afford your new update you may be waiting for a long time.

The solution to your problem floor is paint. Painting is easy, especially the floor, there are no fancy tools required. All you need is a bucket or two of floor paint, a roller, broom handle and a brush. What could be easier? If you ever painted a wall, you're in for a treat. It doesn't require painting over your head and you don't even need a paint pan.

Your project can be completed in a couple of hours. It can be as plain as you want, or you may want to use tape for a tiled effect, stencils, or your talent to paint free-hand. I've painted a lot of floor, the beauty of doing so has given me a lot of practice and experience.

Rust-Oleum 251965 Garage Floor Kit, Gray
Rust-Oleum 251965 Garage Floor Kit, Gray

Special kits for garages, basement the choice is endless.

 

How Get Started

Here are your choices:

1. Latex Oil based-high durability, lots of fumes

2. Oil Based-high durability, lots of fumes, long lasting, long drying time

3. Epoxy-high durability, lots of fumes, long lasting. long drying time

4. Polyurethane-high durability, lots of fumes, long lasting, dries quickly

5. Colored Sealers-seal floor with color and is available in clear.

Make a Change

Make an unsightly floor BEAUTIFUL!

Tired of your worn floors

If you are tired of your worn floor and just don't have the resources to purchase new carpet or a hardwood floor. The answer is easy. Painting is and easy answer and the color choices are as wide as your imagination. Simply ask your paint expect at your local store for assistance.

You will be surprise at the wide variety of choices. You can choose from various intensities of glossiness and colors. Texture can be added as can a glossy topcoat to protect your finish. The durability of painted floors allows you to mop and clean the surface anytime you feel the need. I know my painted floor are sometimes mopped daily if my pets track in dirt. They have been painted for nearly 10 years now. On occasion I have touched up a worn area here or there, but the still look as good as the day they were first painted.

Basic Painting Technique

Clean your concrete by sweeping away all dirt and debris. If you have oil stains you will need to pre-treat them with special oil removers. Patch any cracks or pitting with a cement repair product. You can use ready mix products for repairs making it easy to seal cracks or pitting. For a larger job you may want to a total refinishing kit for a new smooth surface. Either way the job is easy and you may find yourself teaching someone else how to do it.

Here is a before picture of my concrete floor. You'll be amazed at how great the paint made it look.

Beautiful Results!

Beautiful Results!
Beautiful Results!

My Favorite Garage Kit

This is my favorite kit. It include not only the paint, but the paint flakes to texturize the the floor. I always keep a spare jar of these flakes to make touch ups easy. If something gets dragged across the floor, it will leave mark like any floor will do. When painting a garage or porch you will want to use a product that can hold up to high traffic.

I like to add a top coat to give my floors a smooth finish. I generally us a gloss to finish the top surface as it creates a smooth durable surface. I like when I go barefoot around the house.

Get Creative! Paint a free hand design onto your floor.

Get Creative! Paint a free hand design onto your floor.
Get Creative! Paint a free hand design onto your floor.

Perfect for Children's Rooms

Perfect for Children's Rooms
Perfect for Children's Rooms

Start Today

Choose your Paint and Start Today!

Sprinkle and Go!

Paint Concrete Floors

Just spread out approximately 3 square feet of paint and sprinkle the floor flake colors of your choice. Toss them by hand or use a cheese shaker to spread the evenly. Create a finish that add drama to your space.

Cover Inperfection with Sprinkles

This is a close up of my finished concrete floor. The sprinkles covered the imperfection and made them nearly invisible to see. Another Technique is to splatter paint with a brush, this was a bit too messy for me.

Sprinkle can be purchased in several colors, the color on this porch was a special mix

Sprinkle can be purchased in several colors, the color on this porch was a special mix
Sprinkle can be purchased in several colors, the color on this porch was a special mix

Decorative Walkway Stone can be painted to bring in a color that draws you around the garden

Decorative Walkway Stone can be painted to bring in a color that draws you around the garden
Decorative Walkway Stone can be painted to bring in a color that draws you around the garden

After painting with sprinkles a final clear coat can be added for Extra Shine

After painting with sprinkles a final clear coat can be added for Extra Shine
After painting with sprinkles a final clear coat can be added for Extra Shine

Old tired concrete patio sets deserve a fresh coat of color

Old tired concrete patio sets deserve a fresh coat of color
Old tired concrete patio sets deserve a fresh coat of color

Paint Floors to Look Like Wood

Bring out the details of statues.

Bring out the details of garden statues.
Bring out the details of garden statues.

Clean and scrape old paint from bird baths, use high quality paint to dress up tired decor

Clean and scrape old paint from bird baths, use high quality paint to dress up tired décor
Clean and scrape old paint from bird baths, use high quality paint to dress up tired décor

Using an epoxy or urethane based paint is durable especially for water in fountains and bird baths

Using an epoxy or urethane based paint is durable especially for water in fountains and bird baths
Using an epoxy or urethane based paint is durable especially for water in fountains and bird baths

Add sprinkles or non-skid additives when paint steps to prevent slipping

Add sprinkles or non-skid additives when paint steps to prevent slipping
Add sprinkles or non-skid additives when paint steps to prevent slipping

Use several colors either sponge or spray with a garden sprayer and finish with a clear topcoat

Use several colors either sponge or spray with a garden sprayer and finish with a clear topcoat
Use several colors either sponge or spray with a garden sprayer and finish with a clear topcoat

Choose from a variety of Items

Choose from a variety of garden décor, visit flea markets, home improvement stores, visit Amazon or Ebay
Choose from a variety of garden décor, visit flea markets, home improvement stores, visit Amazon or Ebay

Do you have a concrete that needs painting?

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    • yayang0405 lm profile image

      yayang0405 lm 4 years ago

      Yes. This is very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    • Heidi Vincent profile image

      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Yes I do. i liked the sprinkle idea and the drawing idea. They really add some 'umph' to an otherwise drab floor. Nice concrete painting lens, chaltom.

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      coffeelover13 4 years ago

      Great step by step walk through, going to have to remember to take a peek at this when painting my garage floor this summer!

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      Vicki Green 4 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Yes, I have concrete that needs painting so these tips are very helpful.

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      getupandgrow 4 years ago

      This lens is so inspiring. I especially like the idea of freehand painting on concrete. I'm not a concrete fan at all, but this gives it a whole new dimension-thank you.

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      gadifi lm 4 years ago

      yes and I am looking for a good paint that won't peel off great information

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      Tami-Lynn 4 years ago from North Vancouver

      very cool....ive done this! :)

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      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      My mom used to paint her floors too. At first we all thought she was nuts, but they turned out good. :)

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      autofanatic 4 years ago

      Nice tips. It used to be that if you painted concrete without a ton of prep work you could be guaranteed it would peel within a year or two. That problem seem to be all but gone.

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      blue22d 4 years ago

      Great tips and fun projects here. Thanks for a very informative and fun lens.

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      Little Linda Pinda 4 years ago from Florida

      I painted our concrete floor in the basement. It looked really nice. Thanks for all your tips. I love concrete statues too. My family was in the concrete business.

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      julieannbrady 4 years ago

      Hello! I have painted my concrete slab at a few of my homes -- the townhouse was painted teal green in the front and back yards and my house today, I have opted for a light gray which I carried on down the sidewalk to the driveway. I would have kept going, but my neighbor - who is on the HOA board - told me no. I have the garage to do next! I love doing this type of painting.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Now I'm motivated to do something with my patio area. Thanks for this great lens.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      I had a friend who hated her old carpet, but couldn't afford new carpet. She had the carpet removed and she stained her concrete slab to look like slate. Then she just put area rugs on it. It was beautiful! Painted and stained concrete can be very luxurious looking! Great article!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The clear topcoat is a great idea!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Now I know what to do with all my hubbies garden tools left over from days of old...I have a lot of ideas now... Love your intro image!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      an amazing lens :)

    • jamesgreenseo lm profile image

      jamesgreenseo lm 4 years ago

      Some really great ideas here. Thanks

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I really like what you have done.

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      chocochipchip 5 years ago

      Great lens! Very helpful!

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      RazzbarryBreeze 5 years ago

      Thank you for this lens.. We are looking to do this and I will definitely show this to my husband. Great lens and very informative. Have a great day!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Really great tutorial!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 5 years ago from Ljubljana

      Sure have! Isn't amazing what some fresh paint can do? Thanks for the tips:)

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      I really needed this. Thanks so much!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like the idea of freshening up concrete floors with paint.

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      LorLinda 5 years ago from Denver Colorado

      I already painted mine but it can use a touch up. Nice lens :)

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      Barbara Isbill 5 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Been there done that. Thumbs up!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      not yet

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      acreativethinker 5 years ago

      Great ideas for sprucing up your home and garden. I do have some garden décor that could

      use a little paint. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Erin Mellor 5 years ago from Europe

      I've been so sim! I was thinking about decking or some form of lawn style carpeting for an ugly patch, but it seemed so expensive. Paint is such an obvious solution, and so easy to change.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      Wish I had a painted garage floor.

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      I need to paint the garden wall!

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      LynetteBell 5 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Our garage floor is painted.

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      TanoCalvenoa 5 years ago

      This is good information. My dad would paint our garage floor when I was a kid, he did it several times and each time it would peel like crazy after awhile. I think he used the wrong type of paint.

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      LadyDuck 5 years ago

      I have one in the garage.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Yes, very much so.

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      junkcat 5 years ago

      Yes, I have an unfinished family room we are converting from our old garage. Can you buy these sprinkle online? I live way out in the country and we can't get much at our hardware in town. Can I mix a color?

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