Alrighty friends, this one is going to be a bit bigger than originally planned but alas, last week’s didn’t quite get finished up like I had hoped. So, the floor conclusion and process, the paint color and why, AND a last minute decision that made a big difference.
Let’s pick up at the floor. When I left you last week (ORC week 2 stained concrete floors) it was with the debacle of not knowing if this whole flooring project was even going to work. We had just put down the first coat of stain and were praying it took to the concrete.
This was right after the first coat of stain went down.
We came back after letting it sit a full day (you know, the rationale that the longer it sits the more likely it is to stick plus I was terrified) We started out by coming back and using a good ole fashioned bucket with soapy water (Neutr-a-Clean from Kemiko) and a scrub brush.
He scrubbed while I vacuumed up the water. Luckily most of the stain actually penetrated the concrete!
So we continued with the process by applying a second coat of stain. We decided to do a second coat to get a more saturated color as some of the stain did come up with the washing step. Here it is wet right after application.
This is the stain product we used, I bought it through Amazon.
Here is the second coat of stain dry. We just went back and did a quick wash (same as above) to get up any residue.
Ha my hubs. When we have been working on floor and other projects for many many hours, we start to get a little weird. I don’t think he thought I was serious about sharing this pic! And that hat, OMG a whole other story.
Ok goofiness aside, it was time to seal this puppy! We used this Clear-a-thane product. I got the clear satin as I didn’t want a high gloss floor with the other things I’m doing in the space.
We just used 1/4″ rollers and both worked from the outer corners in, applying it rather liberally and evenly as we worked our way to the stairs.
We applied one coat, let it dry and a couple hours later did a second coat. We let it sit to cure for 48 hours. And we had these lovelies left to show for all of our hard work! (Side note: HUGE thanks to my friend Emy at Semi Gloss Design for sharing her stained concrete floors a couple of years ago!! It seriously inspired me to take this floor project on.)
You can see the outline of the paint and tack strip marks that didn’t come up with the scrub machine. But I actually like it! It reminds me of a reclaimed piece. It adds an unusual and unique character. Also we must have roughed up the surface enough that some of the stain actually colored parts of it!
Next up was painting the walls. Ugh this was another unexpected 6+ hour job. I decided to go with PPG’s Pure White (which is their base color in their timeless line) in an eggshell finish. I went with this as I wanted a clean white. Since this is a basement even white’s with a hint of warm tones read tan in color. And white tones with any kind of blue tint read very cold. So I opted for a very clean white.
Now I have never tried PPG before. We usually use Behr but weren’t thrilled with it the last time we used it so we thought we would give it a go. OMG we used up 4 gallons of paint! We weren’t going over a dark color, it was Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter (which is a light grayish with hints of brown). We had to go over it all 3 times. And yes this is the Timeless, top of the line collection from them at Home Depot. It was SO much work. And this should not have taken 4 gallons.
So although the reviews are good I am not recommending it. My experience in here, over a light-ish color was less than stellar and it was way more work than it should have been.
Above you can see the difference the white paint makes. It’s so much brighter!
Which brings me to my next project. I didn’t include this in the original moodboard (which you can see here) as I hadn’t made up my mind on what I wanted to do about these massive soffits housing important junk like hvac (who needs that?!). I decided at the last minute to wrap it in a gray white washed wood. I wanted to create an architectural feature instead of an eyesore.
This is the first project ever I got to take a step back and watch. Our teen son is in shop at school and wanted to take over my job of cutting. He did so great! And was super safe the entire time. (I was watching the whole thing haha) Oh and Bogey the Newf was helping me supervise.
Just opposite the giant bulkhead above is this ceiling bumpout (at least that’s what I’m calling it) and I wanted to wrap this too. It would balance out the room and create more interest. Here it is with just the face of the edge. We had to go get more (it’s at HD!) to finish the ceiling portion of this.
And all finished! It brings a nice rustic element while not lowering the ceiling. Speaking of ceiling I left it the original builder beige color. It offsets the white walls just enough to keep the room from feeling cold. And that’s where we are as of now!
Next week I have another lil surprise project. That purple ish wall in the pic above? It’s not painted because we are applying a super cool 3d wall feature to it this weekend. You guys it’s going to be EPIC.
Whew! I really wanted to share this one as we went along and that is exactly how it’s breakin down. I’ve got a few more surprises up my sleeve coming up. It is shaping up so beautifully, I think I might have to redo the entire main level in order to get it up to par with this space.
What do you think so far? What’s your fave part? I am SO stoked that the floor worked out, all the work sucked but was SO worth it.
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