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Chalk Painted Concrete

August 11, 2014

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selling junk consignment ebay amazon donate organize space closet ideas tips 4Remember my Otomi floor? It’s alive and well and I couldn’t be more happy with it. Today I thought I would share some tips with you for that day that you might brave painting your floor too!

What you will need:
Measurements for your space
Two colors of chalk paint (if you are stenciling) order the appropriate number of paint cans based on the square footage of the room
Lacquer (just splurge for the Annie Sloan brand): this goes quite far, but if you have to order it, it’s better to order more than not enough.
Roller covers (I used 3/8″ nap for smooth surfaces)
Paint trays
Paint tray liners
A broom handle for your roller…trust me you will want this
Multiple paint brushes…check out the Dollar Tree they often have decent quality brushes in the hardware department
Your number one thing before painting is to clean the floors, make sure there is NO grease, dust or dirt on the wood or concrete slab. I did not need to clean any grease on mine so I didn’t. Make sure to clean your floor with the appropriate cleaning solution. Apparently when our carpet was installed it was muddy outside as we found many patches of dried clay on the slab when we pulled up the carpet up.
Now that your floor is clean it’s time to paint. I prefer chalk paint as very little prep work is necessary for any surface.

If you’re going to stencil choose your two colors and make SURE you are positive about which color you want for your base because you will need more base paint than stencil paint and you don’t want loads of the precious paint to go unused!
Now this is how I did it and some of the things go against tradition…I am rebellious like that.
otomi, painted, concrete, floor, annie, sloan, chalk, paint, DIY, alternativeI gave my floors two coats of Old White from Annie Sloan and I only waited a few hours between coats.

Here is a tip and I’m not being funny, though all things considered you might think I am joking…DON’T PAINT YOURSELF INTO A CORNER.

It’s time for the amazing part: the stencil. I did not use a stencil adhesive, but you can…I didn’t feel as though it was necessary. I started with a brush and stippled French Linen over the stencil, but after about 18 hours of doing that and 8 panels later I decided a roller would be fine. And it was. 8-ish painting hours later I finished the other 24 panels.
otomi, painted, concrete, floor, annie, sloan, chalk, paint, DIY, alternative, 4Now it’s time to seal…while you’re waiting to seal the floor make SURE that no one walks on it with shoes…it’s going to be hard to get the shoe prints off!

The sealer should be left overnight to dry before recoating or walking on it, DO follow these instructions. The Annie Sloan Lacquer recommends using one coat in bedrooms, but I felt like it should have two. Like most lacquers or polyurethanes you should use multiple thin coats as opposed to fewer thick coats. The bottles of lacquer say they cover the equivalent of 32 square feet, but my bedroom is right at 212 square feet and I used just short of two bottles at two coats.

Once all of my lacquer was down I gave the floors a little over 24 hours to dry, before I put everything back in to place…I was a little impatient as I had to do half the room at a time while all the furniture was shoved to the other half of the room.
otomi, painted, concrete, floor, annie, sloan, chalk, paint, DIY, alternative, 3If you are able to take all the furniture out of your room, which I recommend if it’s possible the process will be MUCH faster and you can enjoy a customized floor sooner!

And that’s it! I’ve been told that the results are much more impressive in person than in pictures…actually my brother walked in and said “when did you get this carpet? OH WAIT! This isn’t carpet! What is this?” Needless to say he loved it.

I hope to do another chalk painted concrete floor later in the year…but it’s almost later in the year! EEK! And not to brag or anything, but Cutting Edge Stencils featured my floors on their blog! Do you have any floor projects planned?

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  • Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods August 11, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Wow painting and stenciling your floors must have been hard work but it looks fantastic! Well done!

    ~ Ashley

  • Carmody August 12, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    I love these floors so much Heather. I bet your back was tired after finishing the 24th panel :)

  • Jess August 12, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Wow…this looks awesome!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Karen Marie Kedzuch August 13, 2014 at 2:10 am

    Thanks for sharing your floor. I must say it is stunning. your precise directions give me the courage to do it at my house.
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  • Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above August 13, 2014 at 7:19 am

    This is so amazing. I’m wondering if I can do this to tile floors also. I just pinned.
    Have a great week.

  • Jillian @ JST Design August 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Beautiful floor! I can’t believe you painted it with chalk paint and that stencil is amazing, great job!

  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast August 13, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I love this! My boyfriend’s roommate painted his concrete floors, too. I love your design! Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings.

  • Melinda @Home.Made.Interest August 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Stopping by from Thursday Favorites blog hop. Words cannot describe how much I love this floor! Love the color and pattern! You did a fabulous job:)

  • Bre @ Average But Inspired August 14, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Heather, this is INCREDIBLE. Honestly, I have never seen anything like it, and it is gorgeous. So amazing – well done!

    • Heather August 17, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Thank you Bre! :D

  • Pam@over50feeling40 August 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    This is awesome! Thanks for sharing this with the Thursday Blog Hop! I love the way it looks!

    • Heather August 17, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Thank you Pam!

  • jessica matier (@AW2SL) August 15, 2014 at 8:11 am

    This is awesome! I would love to do this in my house and would be honored if you would share this DIY at Pin Your Friday Favorite.

    • Heather August 17, 2014 at 1:52 am

      Thank you girl! I will head over!

  • Nancherrow August 15, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Great tips! I’ve painted floors before, but never with chalk paint or stencils. Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


    • Heather August 17, 2014 at 1:50 am

      Thank you doll!

  • Becky @ bybmg August 15, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Wow! This is just stunning! Thanks for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday!

    • Heather August 17, 2014 at 1:49 am

      Thank you Becky!

  • Ginnie August 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I’m still totally impressed by these floors and envious that you get to live with them;) Love your tip not to paint yourself into a corner … very important!

    • Heather August 17, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Haha! :D You can come visit them anytime you want! :D Thank you girl!

  • Cynthia Crane August 17, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Wow! I love this! I wonder if it would work on vinyl? I’ve only used AS paint on furniture but they say it sticks to nearly every thing.

    And I love it when someone walks into my house and I’ve “fooled” them with something faux I’ve created, like your brother did!

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      I have seen it done on linoleum so I bet it would. Yes me too! Thank you Cynthia!

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    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      ooooh I love stained concrete! Thank you Cecilia!

  • Amber August 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    SO cool! We featured your floor today over at Your Designs This Time! Thanks for linking up with us! :)

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Awww thank you Amber!

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  • Emily, Our house now a home August 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Amazing! This is such a creative way to update concrete, you did a great job! Thank you for sharing at Friday Favorites!

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      Thank you girl!

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    Now this is absolutely gorgeous – amazing! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you Kathy!

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    I love this floor, I am featuring it at my friday Favorites link up today at 5pm. Come over, grab a button, and link up again if you have something to share!

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Emily! I am so flattered!

  • Carol August 21, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    This is sooooooo gorgeous! Featuring when my link party opens up tonight!

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Awww thank you! I am so excited Carol!

  • Suzan August 21, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    This is so amazingly beautiful – what an incredible job you did !WOW – just WOW !
    Off to pin –

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you! :D

  • Darrielle Tennenbaum August 21, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    WOW WOW-love your floors!

    • Heather August 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you doll!

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    Officially the best painted floor I have seen in my search for what I want in my bedroom.

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    WOW! I saw this on French Country Cottage and zoomed right over to check it out. This is soooo amazing! I love the pattern, the colors all of it!

  • Diane August 22, 2014 at 9:38 am

    This is so beautiful! Not over done; just right. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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    wow amazing!! I can’t believe that is hand painted! Awesome job and can’t wait to see your next floor. Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    This is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t have a concrete floor in my house, but now I wish I did!

    • Heather August 31, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Aww thank you Lisa!

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    • Heather September 5, 2014 at 5:33 am

      Awww thank you Aimee! I am flattered! :D

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  • Debrashoppeno5 May 8, 2016 at 6:31 am

    This is amazing. I wish I had a concrete floor to paint. It turned out great.

    • Heather May 11, 2016 at 6:05 pm

      Thank you!

  • Liz May 10, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Wow, your floor looks really fabulous!!! Must have been a lot of work, but it was absolutely worth the effort!

    • Heather May 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Thank you Liz!

  • Patti May 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Holy Smokes, girlie! They look amazing!

    • Heather May 11, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Mrs. T!