Astral Riles

"Goodbye" Pretty Laminate Flooring..."Hello" Painted Concrete Floor!!!

RIP laminate flooring in basement on astralriles.com Today is a very sad day! :( My basement recently flooded and my pretty laminate flooring was RUINED!!! It was the good stuff too...I am sooooo super upset. To make it even worse, I had just installed that flooring less than 2 years ago when I remodeled my basement den. Of course, everyone knows that water is detrimental to wood and laminate, etc. The planks started to warp and some got all moldy too. I had to pull all of the flooring up. This entire situation was just so stressful. And even though I LOVED those floors so much...I REFUSED to install laminate in the basement again because I didn't want to run the risk of another flooding issue. The next safest option was to install ceramic tile in the basement. BUT at this point, I was like "Screw It!", I am not spending a crap load of money to put into this basement. I really couldn't see myself doing that again. »»»»SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG«««« [mc4wp_form] So, a very low-cost alternative to ceramic tile and/or basic carpeting was to paint or stain the concrete. I chose to try out the painting option. FIRST, I had to pull up all of the flooring...and this is what I was left with: After laminate flooring removal After laminate flooring removal 4 After laminate flooring removal 2 After laminate flooring removal 3 The epoxy paint product of choice was BEHR PREMIUM 1-Part Epoxy Concrete & Garage Floor Paint. When painting concrete you MUST make sure to clean the concrete thoroughly before painting. I used the BEHR PREMIUM Concrete & Masonry Cleaner & Etcher to clean the floor. All I needed for this was a push broom to spread the solution around on the floor and scrub really hard to remove any dirt, debris and/or stains. Then, afterwards, I made sure to remove all of the chemicals. Since I didn't have a power washer, I just poured buckets of water on the floor until all of the solution washed down the floor drain. This is after the floor was cleaned: Cleaned floors using Behr Cleaner and Etcher on astralriles.com Next, after letting the floor completely dry overnight, I applied the BEHR Concrete & Masonry Bonding Primer. This product is supposed to prep the concrete for the paint to ensure that it adheres properly. Here are pics right after the 1st coat of paint has been applied. It's a bit shinny because the paint is still wet. Painted concrete basement floors 2 on astralriles.com Painted concrete basement floors on astralriles.com This DIY project is still a work-in-progress. Still on the to-do list:  1. Apply 2nd coat of paint 2. Install new baseboards 3. Move furniture back into the room 4. START THIS PROCESS ALL OVER AGAIN TO PAINT THE REMAINING 700sqft OF THE BASEMENT!!!! smh Since I have so much stuff in my basement, I have to paint the floor in sections and just move the furniture around as I go. Stay tuned for updates on the process... Until next time! If you haven't done so yet, please subscribe to my newsletter. [mc4wp_form] S/N: if you're in the mood to purchase some one-of-akind handmade home decor...here is a link to my Etsy Shop:
Jan 20, 2017

Omigosh that’s terrible about your basement flooding! I simply cannot imagine having to put in all. that. work. I love a good DIY, but dang! More power to you though, it’s looking good! And don’t you worry, I’m sure it will be looking quite fabulous in no time!

Yetunde Rodriguez
Jan 20, 2017

Yikes Astral! You handled that like a champ! It looks like a great solution and I can’t wait to see what it looks like when you put the furniture back in. Great job!

LaKaye Mbah
Jan 20, 2017

looking good!

Robin Luster

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