tips on how to paint concrete flooring

So y’all remember when we were invited to share our craft room in a magazine? Of course that crazy herringbone bookcase caught their attention.  Well Kristi got a little ambitious and told them we’d have new flooring before their photographer came by to snap some pics.  Uhm, hello… what??  We knew wood floors were out of our budget soooooo, we ripped up the carpet and painted the concrete. It was definitely labor intensive and we finished the night before the photo shoot but we got it done and it looks great!  We’re here to share some thing we learned along the way, if you ever feel like painting concrete floors, ha!  And if you follow us on Insta, you’ll have seen a lot of our journey already, a fun journey it’s been!Yellow and white painted concrete floors, quick tutorial!Here’s the carpet before.  It wasn’t in good shape but it was a cheap carpet, rent quality since the house was a rental for nearly thirty years before we moved in.

Craft room carpet before they got painted!

Funniest part was when my hubby said from the next room “I guess you guys are ripping out the carpet…thanks for consulting with me first!”  Ha!!  He knows we’ll do the grunt work so he truly doesn’t mind (:

Have fun ripping out carpet (;

Ripping out carpeting is really fun!  All you need is a crowbar.  Start by prying your bar under the center of the wood strips, in between the tacks.  Lift up.

How to rip out carpet: use a crowbar to lift carpet tacks, pry from the middle.

For the actual nails, get your bar underneath them and they’ll pop right out.  Use added pressure if they don’t.

How to rip out carpet: use a crowbar to lift carpet tacks.

Next up is filling all the nail holes with Quikrete.  It’s a small amount of pre-mixed concrete, to use!  Only a few bucks, we grabbed ours at Home Depot.  Fill in the holes with a putty knife and let dry overnight.  The next day, sand sand sand with an 80 grit piece of sandpaper.  I missed my workout that day so this sufficed, I was a sweaty mess when I was done.  Then is the fun part: Painting!!  Behr paint sells concrete paint, we used the standard white and love how bright it is.  To paint it, we just poured straight from the can and rolled it on.  SO FAST!! We touched up the corners of the room with a small foam brush. SO EASY!

Tips to paint concrete floors, so easy!

For our stripes, we bought the same can of white and had them tint it yellow.  $60 for paint for the whole room, it’s a good size room too, 12′ x 15′.  For the stripes, we chose 18″ for the size.  We just measured from the wall 18″ and marked it across the whole room, one stripe at a time.  It was a little time consuming, we probably could have chalked it, but since we only have 5 stripes, it went pretty fast.

How to get painted stripe concrete floors.

We then sealed it with concrete sealer, high gloss, available at Home Depot.  Tip: It’s in the concrete section, not the paint section.  Only $6 for the whole container.  I have a TON leftover which is good because I’m going to do my front porch next (;

How to seal concrete, roll on cement sealer and let it dry overnight.

And there you have it, painted concrete floors!  An inexpensive version to gorgeous hardwood floors which is on my future list!

Pretty yellow and white striped painted flooring, easy how to!

Since we were in such a rush to finish, we didn’t snap pics of the baseboard install process.  For that we used quarter round molding and just brad nailed it into place using our air compressor.  We then caulked for hours and freshened up the 30 year old existing baseboards.  Many many many hours were spent on those baseboards, can’t believe we didn’t get a picture!  Here’s the flooring all finished and the room put back together though.

Pretty painted striped flooring, easy tutorial included!

Look for this room in Creative Spaces magazine Volume 3! Want more of this fun craft room? Check out the fully finished tour

Eclectic craft room, so colorful and fun! @lollyjaneblog

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and more!

Lolly Jane
Meet Kelli & Kristi, twin sisters and authors of Lolly Jane. We are two busy wives + mommas who are makers of all things pretty. From signs to home decor and holiday crafts or redoing furniture in between soccer practices, we do it all all while armed with an ice cold Diet Coke. Join us in our DIY adventures! XOXO
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  • rebecca lopez - Love how they turned out. It’s perfectly you Kelli! How do they hold up to cleaning or scuff marks? Do they just mop clean?ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Great question, Bec! They wash great with soapy water. The white definitely shows every little piece of dirt, super annoying, but it washes easily so it evens out. I wouldn’t do white in a high traffic area…unless you have a regular cleaning company HA!ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - You guys are amazing. When you don’t have any more rooms to redo, you just feel free to come right on over and start on my house, ok?! :)ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Hahah, Kate! I wish we could bulldoze this old house and start from scratch sometimes, all the DIY involved to restore this house is getting pricey!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - I’m a complete concrete virgin. Concrete countertops, painting concrete floors … I’d never heard of any of this stuff until recently. I’ve always thought of concrete as dirty and boring. Seeing how creative folks like you can get with it is making me rethink that. Lovely job, ladies.ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Well thank you, Brandi!! It was a LOT of hard work but the end result was worth it (:ReplyCancel

  • Sheila Keller - Hello,Love the painted concrete floor. Would it be possible to paint the subflooring which is particle board or pressed wood and seal it and make it work? ThanksReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Hi Sheila, I don’t think that would have the same look. It IS possible to do because it’d soak in the paint okay but subfloor is rough and isn’t mean to to be used as main flooring. You’d have to sand the heck out of it and even then I don’t think it’d ever be as smooth as you’d want it to be for walking on. Hope that helps (:ReplyCancel

      • Sheila Keller - Thanks, may try a small room that needs to be replaced. It has some coating on it, don’t really know what it is but it doesn’t seem to be rough like most particle board is. Thanks for responding love your page and projects you take on and accomplish.ReplyCancel

        • lollyjane - You’re welcome! Good luck, Sheila!! (: Feel free to send us a pic, I’m curious what yours looks like??ReplyCancel

  • Krista @ the happy housie - Oh…your craft room is one of my overall favourite spaces in blogland! I love the painted concrete striped floor – I would love to try this outside on the patio that is below our deck (it is covered, so I think with the proper sealer it should stand up…). Thanks for the tips- pinning!!ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Henderson - This room is stunning! Great tutorial.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen@BoxyColonial - They look great! I have concrete floors in my basement to do….something with. I was thinking of a stain, but I might consider painting now, too :)ReplyCancel

  • Michele - Great tips and I <3 your stripes!ReplyCancel

  • landee - Fabulous ladies! I’d take painted concrete over old carpet anyday!! I’m pinning the heck out of this one! :)ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - Gag, carpet!! We hate it! It’s so filthy thanks to our kiddos, dog and so much AZ dust! Happy you like it! XOReplyCancel

  • Sarah @The Teacher's Wife - This looks so cute! I think my laundry room floor may need a paint re-do. We rushed it and didn’t use any type of sealer, so it hasn’t held up well. I also love the cute stripes!! :-)ReplyCancel

    • lollyjane - We were in a mad rush too! Glad we sealed it but even with it on, the white still shows dirt pretty easily. We love the stripes so will probably just wash and RE-seal! ;) Good luck with your second go-around, Sarah!ReplyCancel

  • Work it Wednesday - […]  Tips on How to Paint a Concrete Floor {check out the A-MAZE-ING Craft Room…} at Lolly Jane […]ReplyCancel

  • Work it Wednesday No. 60 - […] Tips on Painting Concrete Floors from Lolly Jane […]ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ItsOverflowing - I always LOVE your house additions sweet friends! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, AimeeReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I am looking for a quick easy way to get rid of smelly old carpet and survive until we save up for tile. This looks easy and clean. Am I right? Also, I can’t just pull up the carpet and leave the concrete exposed right?ReplyCancel

  • Rev up your Concrete Flooring - Concrete Contractors San Diego - […] Check out the Do-it-Yourself Guide here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Catherine Murdock - Hi,
    Did you sand the whole floor or just the filled nail holes? Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • AAA Concreting - Great paint job! Concrete floors can look amazing, especially if you add some stained or stamped concrete designs!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Roberts - What brand of sealer did you use? I looked at homedepot in the concrete area and they only had concrete bonder in the same type of bottle you have pictured. I am currently working on a stain concrete floor with faux painted tiles. I need a good sealer for cheap!ReplyCancel

  • SarahBeth Newton - These are beautiful! This might be a crazy thought, but my husband and I are considering painting the concrete floors throughout our whole house. We hate our current floors, can’t afford to do what we really want, and thought this might get us through a few years until we can. I was wondering a couple of things: 1.) How has the floor held up over time? and 2.) How much time dry time should we allow? I’ve read some blogs that suggest a whole week! That seems excessive considering that these products would normally be used outdoors….ReplyCancel

    • Lolly Jane - Hi SarahBeth!

      Thank you! That’s not crazy at all- we had a flood this weekend in our house and not ready for our dream floors either yet so we’re going painted concrete, too! ;) Just NOT white as it shows EVERYTHING… no matter what cleaning products I use I can’t get all of the smudges cleaned off all the way and that’s with 3 top coats! I think darker colors would look great! :)

      Regarding the dry time, we followed the directions which was 24 hours. A whole week is a little much, lol. I would say when it’s not tacky to the touch it’s ready for a top coat ;)

      Hope that helps! Happy painting!!! Yay!ReplyCancel

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