DIY Stained Concrete Flooring

Greetings Friends! Recently I ripped up worn, dated carpet from my bedroom and stained the concrete to match flooring in the rest of my house.  It was a big job for one person but I absolutely love how it turned out!  Today I'm sharing the process...

DIY Stained Concrete Flooring
So here's a view of the carpet before I ditched it.  Sixteen years ago, I requested scored concrete flooring when my home was built. The builder convinced me to carpet the bedrooms and at that time, this French green berber was all the rage but now it felt dated and just worn out.

DIY Stained concrete flooring

So began the process of ripping out the old to create the new!  My goal was to cut it into smaller manageable pieces that I could fit into garbage bags with my trash rather than having to haul it somewhere. First I ripped the carpet and padding...

DIY stained concrete floor tutorial

...then the wooden tack strips along the edge had to be pulled up. 

DIY stained concrete tutorial

Here you can see the holes left from the carpet tacks.  They all needed to be patched.  The one on the right has been filled with Quickcrete patching compound. Once they were dry, I sanded them.

Repair carpet tack holes

Here's what I used: 

How to repair carpet tack holes

Now the builders' paint stains had to be removed--spills that didn't have to be cleaned at the time when they were originally covered with carpet.  I saw a tip on Rehab Addict about using hot water before scraping.  Love that show and it did help, but even so it was a lengthy chore! 

How to remove old paint stains

Finally I was ready to stain! This is the product I used: 

Behr concrete stain

I applied it with a sponge pad applicator with an extended handle attached.  I know I took a photo but must have accidentally deleted it because it was nowhere to be found! Sorry there isn't an image, but picture mopping it on.  I applied three coats, allowing it to dry 4-6 hours in between each. It is semi-transparent, so rather than having the appearance of a painted surface, it has subtle shadings which I love.

DIY stained concrete flooring

Here's a peek at the room put back together.  My fresh "new" flooring inspired me to declutter the space while everything was moved out.  Like my other stained concrete, it is so low maintenance.   I just use the dust mop when needed. 

DIY stained concrete AFTER

I would love to hear about your latest DIY adventures!

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  1. Wow! You did such an amazing job on your new floor, beautiful!

  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the process, as I will be taking on a similar project sometime in the future.

  3. Looks great Cecilia ... I have always wanted to stain our front porch, but when I read all the steps to do it, I just put it off. What you did sounds easy, but I am sure it was a lot of work for you. Take pride in that you did it all by yourself and it is beautiful.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  4. Nice! Can't believe you did that all by yourself...what a job! Beautiful results though. :)

  5. Your room is beautiful! Wow! I love it! I have a screened porch with concrete. There are several ugly cracks. I had no idea you could go fill them. And the stain! So pretty. I need to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. It looks great! I've seen this done before. I think my only concern is how cold it would be in the winter time! My house is on a slab and I would love rip up all the super old carpet and stain the concrete. I hate carpet so much!

  7. So all and many hours (day) did the process take from start to finish and what, if any, sealer did you use?

  8. Oh you are brave girl! That had to be some pretty heavy duty work there. But I know what it is like when you get a project into your head, well you just can't get it out until you do it. The floor looks great! I also saw some cute little birdies as I was pulling up your blog. Their so glad to be home. hugs, Jo

  9. I always did think that was just amazing to paint a concrete floor, so many businesses are doing that . A local grocery store scraped up all their tile and painted their concrete floor while remodeling.
    Your bedroom looks so can I say country cottage chic ?
    Job well done and I know you love it also


  10. goodness, wow! and what a CUTE room!

  11. It looks great! You did an awesome job.
    Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty :)

  12. Featuring at tonight's Trash 2 Treasure party! :)

  13. Did you put the quarter round back down? If not how does it look without it? I bought a house and pulled up the carpet in two bedrooms and a short hall between them. I thought about staining them and your floor looks gorgeous!

  14. I really like how it turned out Cecilia! That was a job for just one. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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