Garage Redo Part Two – The Floor

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I do not go into a great amount of detail on my website for projects. I want it to be easy to read and get straight to the point. When I am reading other blogs, I get annoyed sifting through all of the reading just to find the gist of it or the actual recipe to something that I want to make. That said, if you want more details on the steps or the “how to” part of a project – leave me a comment and I will answer your questions the best I can.

Step One: Choose a color and size of the “tile” that you want

I chose charcoal and went with 2X4 foot sections.

Step Two: Etch the concrete

As you can see, I had a lot of paint on my garage floor from all of my spray painting crafts. I used a concrete cleaner and a push broom to scrub the floor. After you have cleaned the garage floor, you can apply an etching. Just follow the directions on the container. I did this step twice because I wasn’t sure the chemicals got into every high spot of the concrete.

Step Three: Tape the tile pattern with gorilla tape

 

I staggered the tiles but because there were two of us working, the pattern got messed up but we left it that way.

Step Four: Apply a concrete stain with a brush or roller

I used a brush because I was worried that a roller wouldn’t saturate all the nooks and crannies of the floor. I really wanted the concrete to soak in all of the color. You can go over it again after 24 hours if you want a darker look.

 

Step Five: Remove the tape

This is the fun part. This step is quick and you get to see the design unfold.

Step Six: Apply a concrete sealer

I went with a low luster sealer. The higher gloss ones might protect your work better but I wanted a matte finish.

No matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like – you must wait a few days before you drive on it.

 

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