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...
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.
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...
...then the wooden tack strips along the edge had to be pulled up.
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.
Here's what I used:
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!
Finally I was ready to stain! This is the product I used:
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.
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.
I would love to hear about your latest DIY adventures!
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