Comments on: Bargain DIY Concrete Floor http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:08:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-914962 Design Mom Wed, 14 May 2014 20:13:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-914962 Hi Jill! I would be very nervous to try this method in a bathroom that is used daily. I would definitely think using a water proof barrier was necessary.

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By: Jill Bloodsworth http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-914945 Jill Bloodsworth Wed, 14 May 2014 19:35:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-914945 I am thinking of doing this in our half bath. I see other tutorials use several steps and water proof barriers such as felt paper, metal lath, crushed stone, sand, 6 mil sheet plastic for vapor barrier, insulation board etc.

Yours seems WAY more simple! Do you think for a half bath on the main floor these other steps should be taken? It is used daily by our family and guests when they are here.

Thank you!

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By: Annie Craven http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-910303 Annie Craven Wed, 07 May 2014 23:27:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-910303 Really loving this look! A great alternative flooring that will be extremely durable. Thanks for sharing your project, I will be definitely trying this on my new project.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-907874 Design Mom Mon, 05 May 2014 06:12:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-907874 Yes. There are hairline cracks at the plywood seams. I don’t mind them. But I am told if you staple down a layer or burlap first, and then add the cement layers, that it will prevent those cracks. I haven’t tried it, but it might be worth a shot.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-907870 Design Mom Mon, 05 May 2014 06:01:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-907870 No noticeable wear beyond the hairline cracks at the plywood seams. I’m still loving it! It’s so inexpensive, that for me, it’s one of those things that’s worth a try. If it doesn’t work, you can always lay carpet or tile or VCT over it.

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-907863 Design Mom Mon, 05 May 2014 05:54:08 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-907863 Hi Nova. The floor is holding up wonderfully. No dust or chalkiness at all — the sealant prevents any of that. The only cracks are along the plywood seams, as I mentioned above. There are no other cracks at all (hooray!). This is not a space that gets tons and tons of traffic (like a hallway), but I’m impressed so far.

Even with cracks on the seams, it’s definitely a big improvement over bare plywood. The cracks are hairlines, nothing major at all. And if you’re up for experimenting, you could certainly try to staple down a layer of burlap first and then add the concrete over that. Supposedly, that prevents cracks on the seams.

Good luck!

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By: Nova http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-907776 Nova Mon, 05 May 2014 02:29:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-907776 Hi there, Great post!
I’m so curious to hear how well the loft floor is holding up.
I have 2 children’s rooms that have had their carpet removed (for some time now) and absolutely need something in the mean time until we can afford our timber floorboards through out the whole house.
Has it cracked? gotten dusty/chalky?
I can’t stop thinking about this, please put me out of my misery.
My husband says no it won’t work, but I don’t have a problem at all about proving him wrong lol. He and our son go away in a few weeks so Id love to get it done then when its just my daughter and I at home.
Thanks in advance!! :-)

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By: Faith http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-906521 Faith Sat, 03 May 2014 04:18:12 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-906521 I’m thinking of doing this in a small space, but there’s a tiny bit of flex in the floor plywood flooring (3rd floor, older home)… Have you seen any cracking in your reading loft ?

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By: America http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-906355 America Fri, 02 May 2014 20:34:35 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-906355 Would love to hear an update and any reflections you have a couple months after the fact. Have you noticed any wear yet? Is it easy to clean?

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By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-897947 Design Mom Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:38:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-897947 The concrete was a straightforward grey and the stain seemed to add both warm and cool tones. Not sure how it works, but it looks great!

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By: Bobbi http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-897607 Bobbi Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:24:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-897607 I love this post! A question about the stain – is that the ‘brown’ color in the pic, or the ‘blue’ color…in other words, did you warm up the actual color of the concrete, or cool it down…

I have a sunroom with this finish calling its name! Thank you!

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By: Angela http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-882477 Angela Mon, 07 Apr 2014 03:09:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-882477 I love this! I’m thinking of doing this to our sunroom. Any pointers on where to find a tutorial showing how to lay down the burlap first? Thanks!

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By: Logan Wilis http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-869484 Logan Wilis Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:27:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-869484 Nice Blog ! love the floors…

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By: Kath http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-860211 Kath Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:57:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-860211 Love it! I’d love concrete downstairs in the rumpus room, but it will be very $$. (At the moment we have super classy salmon tiles next to blue carpet (hmmm) It’s a high traffic area though, from the front door, leading to carpeted (completely different carpet) stairs. Wonder if u I could convince hubby to lay ply and do ur trick!!

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By: Raena http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-859153 Raena Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:32:45 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-859153 wow, this is fantastic! i wonder if this stuff would work as a wall finish?? very awesome!

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By: Yolanda http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-858652 Yolanda Sun, 02 Mar 2014 16:53:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-858652 Very nice! Does it shrink as it dries and cures like thicker concrete? Will you use baseboards at the perimeter? Will you trim out the hatch opening? I like the idea of cool concrete here, because heat rises, and carpeting might be too uncomfortable in warmer months. You can always throw down a lambskin or other cuddly in the cooler months.

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By: amanda | wildly simple http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-858364 amanda | wildly simple Sun, 02 Mar 2014 02:30:51 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-858364 We’ve been planning on doing just this in our new master bath!
I’m excited.
I’ve worked with a similar concrete product on our boys’ bathroom counter top, and loved it.
We’ve also made our own concrete kitchen counter tops. I love them, too – but the faux-finish is so much easier.
Your floor looks great!

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By: gina http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-855606 gina Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:28:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-855606 PS, I’ve reading details now… and … oh, I do the same thing: every time my husband travels I have this extra strange energy and I re-construct the house. I’ve moved entire rooms, painted ceiling murals, torn down wall paper, etc while he’s been away. What is that?! …. I’ve never regretted what I’ve accomplished and love this, too! … now , to see if I can find any of these products in Sweden…. Thanks for sharing!

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By: gina http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-855601 gina Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:25:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-855601 I LOVE these. I’ve been tempted to try these for years and seeing these tempts me to no end! Thank you for sharing.

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By: Lori http://www.designmom.com/2014/02/bargain-diy-concrete-floor/comment-page-1/#comment-854316 Lori Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:51:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=45149#comment-854316 A couple comments on wearing…we did our kitchen counters per the LGN diy in September. One of the first things I learned is that the sanding step is CRITICAL to getting the hardest finish possible. The stuff sands so easily (and with major dust!) that it was really hard to not go all the way through to the original surface. After three sections of counter I landed on the best technique – a couple light layers to level the substrate and make a foundation, followed by 3 heavier layers about 1/4″ thick. I allowed each of the last three to dry thoroughly then sanded til really smooth. You could see the areas getting harder and less porous before your eyes. We finished with three coats of a concrete sealer made for counters so it was safe for food prep.

As for wear- the surfaces (especially the last one I did) have held up really well. Water or oil that is left for more than about 5 minutes will stain, but dry out over time. Other things (red wine, various food) when wiped up pretty promptly, leave a faint stain but it blends with the variations in the concrete color. The only real problem is the edges. I tried to really get a good amount on the square laminate sides and edges, but in a couple places where something banged against it, it chipped. It’s not hard to mic a little to patch but irritating non the less.
Be prepared for a ton on dusty mess when sanding and wear a mask and glasses.
Overall I would do it again, everyone loves how the counters look!

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