How to Paint a Concrete Floor and Garden Accessories at Home
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.
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.
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.
Perfect for Children's Rooms
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.