We've done a lot of painting projects, but we'd never painted a concrete floor before. We have, however, spilled enough latex paint on concrete to know that it adheres quite well, so we knew latex paint would work well for this job. It's also the easiest to work with.
We decided to start in Jerry's bedroom. I figure by the time I've done the bedrooms, laundry room and bathroom, I should be a pro, and ready to take on the family room!
We started with a base coat. We had a big pail of ivory paint left over from painting our walls upstairs, so we decided to use that. We added some dark brown paint to give it a little more colour. The nice thing about painting a floor is that you don't need a paint tray....Brian just sloshed some paint on the floor and I rolled it on...a little smaller slosh might have been better, as the paint in that area is pretty thick!
|Painting concrete with a latex base coat|
|Base coat finished|
|Marking off 2 foot squares and taping the lines|
|Floor is taped off in 2 foot squares|
|We chose three colors for sponge painting|
|Applying the paint to the sponge with a paint brush|
|Sponge painting basement floor|
|Faux painting done|
|Finished faux painted floor. 2 hour drying time, and tape was removed.|
|Finished Faux painted floor.|
And here it is, all done...just needs a clear coat to seal it. Now I'm anxious to get on with the rest of the basement!