Some of you had the fortunate pleasure of seeing the beautiful crack den that Chase and I purchased in Platt Park. We bought with the intentions of either knocking it down, or doing a major remodel. But before we jumped through hoops to get construction loans, and archituecural plans, I took it upon myself to make the place “livable”.

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This meant ripping out the 4 or 5 different patterns of carpet and wall paper in every inch of the house. This is when paint became my best friend! I painted every nook and cranny of that house, and it actually ended up looking pretty decent. One part of the painting that actually became a cool focal point in the house was the floor! When I ripped up the carpet I found painted splattered and stained hardwoods that would take way to much time, energy and money to refurbish, so I painted over them as well.

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This inspired me to take the idea of painting floors and showing some cool ways to transform a room in your home in a very inexpensive way!

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Houses with unfinished basements can now be used as a great space in your house with that cool downtown loft feel! Create a cool pattern on the floor and add some really plush and cozy rugs and you have transformed unused storage space to something fun and functional!

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Steps for Painting Concrete

  1. Clean the concrete. Cleaning concrete is a vital first step because the porous surface tends to trap dirt, grease, and oil.
  2. Strip old paint. Strip peeling paint indoors with a wire brush, a paint scraper, and lots of elbow grease. Get rid of old paint outdoors with a power washer (rents for $40 to $75 per day).
  3. Seal interior concrete. Concrete is porous, allowing water to move easily through the surface. Sealing interior walls is necessary to prevent moisture from seeping in, promoting mold growth.
  4. Prime the concrete. Concrete primer, called block primer, fills pores and evens out the surface. Use exterior-grade block filler for exterior foundations and walls. Primer dries in two hours; wait at least eight hours, but no more than 30 days, to paint.
  5. Paint the concrete. Masonry paint (also called elastomeric paint or elastomeric wall coating) is a good choice for concrete painting because it contains binders that contract and expand with the concrete. Exterior house paint can crack and peel on concrete.Masonry paint can be tinted and is much thicker than exterior paint. Apply it with a masonry brush, a high-capacity (3/4-inch or higher) roller, or a texture roller.Let the paint dry a day between coats. Check the weekly forecast because you’ll probably need two to three coats!

Steps for Painting Concrete: http://millerpaintblog.com/tag/basement-floor-paint/