Are you looking for a cost-effective way to transform your floors? Look no further! In this article, we’ll explore the exciting world of DIY concrete floors. Say goodbye to expensive flooring options and hello to a stunning, industrial look that won’t break the bank. Join us as we take a closer look at the expertise, authority, credibility, and experience behind this unique and affordable flooring solution.
The Experiment Begins
Our adventure begins in the reading loft of The Treehouse, where we decided to embark on a DIY concrete floor experiment. The results surpassed our expectations! Despite being only 1/8″ thick, the concrete floor boasts a layered texture that adds depth to the space. Its easy maintenance and industrial aesthetic make it a winning choice. Plus, it’s a project that anyone can tackle on their own, making it both inexpensive and DIY-doable.
Our Change of Plans
Initially, we considered installing carpet in the loft. However, we reconsidered and decided to opt for a sweepable surface with an area rug instead. We explored various options, including tiles, but then stumbled upon a blog post that inspired us to try resurfacing the floor with a thin layer of concrete. The idea of achieving a concrete look without the heavy weight intrigued us.
Why Not Give It a Shot?
With the space being small and low-traffic, we decided to take the plunge. Even if the DIY concrete floor failed, we could easily cover it up with tile or hardwood flooring. The materials were affordable, so we had nothing to lose. We gathered our supplies, fueled by curiosity and excitement, ready to transform the reading loft.
Step-by-Step: Bringing It All Together
Are you curious to see how our DIY concrete floor came together? Let’s dive into the process:
Step 1: Gather the Materials
The key ingredient for our concrete floor project is Ardex Feather Finish. This versatile material allows for easy layering and creates a beautiful finish. You’ll also need a trowel or spreader, an old bucket, and a spoon for mixing the Feather Finish. Don’t worry – these materials are readily available online!
Step 2: Mixing and Applying the Feather Finish
Once you have your supplies ready, it’s time to mix the Feather Finish. Simply pour the powder into your bucket, add water, and stir until you achieve a thin pancake batter-like consistency. Exact measurements aren’t necessary; adjust the amount of powder and water until you reach the desired texture. Apply the first layer directly onto the plywood subfloor.
Step 3: Layering and Drying
Work in thin layers, allowing each one to dry before adding the next. You may notice the plywood peeking through during the initial layers, but don’t worry – this is part of the process. Take a putty knife to scrape off any excess dried concrete and lightly sand the floor before adding another layer. Repeat this process until you’ve built up six thin layers and finish with a final, thicker layer. The end result is a concrete floor that is approximately 1/8″ thick.
Step 4: Adding a Personal Touch
To enhance the visual appeal of our DIY concrete floor, we deviated from the recommended sealant and opted for concrete stain instead. This decision was based on the advice of a seasoned sculptor who had experience working with concrete. The stain added depth to the floor, creating captivating bluish areas that we absolutely love.
Step 5: Considerations and Final Thoughts
It’s important to note that some subfloor seams may still be visible after the concrete application. To address this, consider placing a layer of burlap cloth before adding the concrete. This technique will help conceal the seams and prevent cracking. We learned this valuable tip after completing our project and plan to implement it in the future.
DIY Concrete Floors – An Affordable Triumph
In conclusion, our DIY concrete floor exceeded our expectations, both aesthetically and financially. With Ardex Feather Finish and a little creativity, we transformed our reading loft into a stunning space. For approximately $30 in materials, we achieved a brand new floor that would have cost much more using conventional methods. We can’t wait to explore the possibility of using DIY concrete floors in other areas of our home.
Share Your Thoughts
We would love to know what you think about our DIY concrete floor project. Do you admire the industrial look, or do you prefer more traditional flooring options? Would you consider tackling a similar project yourself, or do you prefer to stick to tried and tested methods? Let us know your thoughts!
Credits: Photos and text by Gabrielle Blair.