Stenciling A Concrete Floor
This week we swapped the schedule and we are doing the ORC Stenciling A Concrete Floor for week 6!
So, this is the week we decided to swap the schedule to do the ORC Stenciling A Concrete Floor before the trim out, and doors it just made more sense. Honestly parts of this really happened at the same time but since it made more sense to show the baseboard trim out after the floor painting and stenciling we opted to change the schedule just a little bit.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
Just in case you maybe wondering exactly what The One Room Challenge is, here is the link, and the scoop. This event was started by Linda Weinstein @ Calling It Home and is hosted twice a year, in April and October for the past 15 seasons. The ORC has hosted over 500 interior designers & home decor bloggers, that have joined together in this challenge to makeover one room in their own homes. The participants normally have a total of six weeks, from start to finish, this season will be eight weeks to complete a full room transformation. Over 3,800 rooms have been transformed through the One Room Challenge to date, and many spaces have been recognized and featured by several prestigious sites, such as Better Homes and Gardens.
THE BASEMENT FAUX BRICK PICTURES & BEFORE FLOORING:
You all remember that last week we finished the German Schmear on the walls, if not you can click back to week 5 to see the full tutorial on How to do a German Schmear technique. After creating this beautiful finish on the walls I really wanted the floors to have a little personality as well. Since they are concrete, our original idea was to lay hardwoods in the entire basement, and we still may do that going forward. However, for now, since this is my craft room and floral shop, I wanted a durable water proof floor that could take a beating. I had originally wanted to do an acid washed concrete floor, which was hampered prior to ever closing by a drainage pipe that was not installed properly which called for our concrete floors to be saw cut and re-poured in a section. This would make a clean looking acid wash impossible, but solid concrete paint was not going to be out of the question and with all these cute farmhouse style stencils, I hatched a creative idea.So the first thing I did was tape off room lines in the doorways with frog tape. First let me say, this stuff is the bomb diggity for taping lines and painting. It always leaves a nice clean line and never has any bleed through or under when I am painting. Next, I used Behr Porch and Patio floor paint, which is perfect for concrete floors. It seals them and is scratch resistance as well. I chose to roll the paint on as a time saver with my HANDy Paint tray, which was graciously provided in the new product relaunch. I have to say that the HANDy Paint Products are by far our favorite to use, and we do a ton of painting so I can totally speak to usefulness and durability of their complete line up of products. After 3 coats, which was around 1 1/2 gallons of the Behr Pure White Porch and Patio paint for this space, we had a completely opaque white floor. Which is very pretty, but I wanted just a tad bit of personality in my space.
You may recognize this large Mandala stencil, as I used it last season to create a one of kind piece of art for the One Room Challenge, and I also refinished a tabletop with it as well. Now I plan on using it for a large tile stencil on the floor. I love that it loosely resembles a flower, and ironically it sort of looks like my company watermark logo as well. For this part of the project I will be using the Behr Slate Gray Porch and Patio Paint, along with a smaller HANDy roller cup. When doing large stencils I recommend rolling on the paint for an even look and distribution of paint. It also helps to prevent bleeding under the stencil as well. When we got to the final wall at the far end of the room I only used half the Mandala stencil, but we pre-measured to insure that it would be 4 Mandalas across and around 6 1/2 deep, since there would be a split I preferred the split be at the far end of the room. Overall this project was very inexpensive, at a total of $60 for paint and 1 weekend of time. So if you are looking for a quick and easy way to dress up a concrete floor with out breaking the bank I recommend trying this option. You can always go back and lay flooring over the top later on but for a cheap and cheerful finished look in a workshop this is totally a winner, winner, chicken dinner!
THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE:
WEEK 1: Introduction & Inspirations WEEK 2: BLUEPRINTS: Figuring up the amount of supplies needed for all DIY builds WEEK 3: Building Walls Pulling Wire & Running Electrical WEEK 4: Insulating & Adding Brick Panels WEEK 5: Cancelled by ORC WEEK 6: The German Schmear
Painting the Floor
WEEK 8: Casing Trim Out, Barn Door & REVEAL