It has been about a month since I claimed we were prepping to stain the counters in the kitchen. Well, it has been an angst filled month and I am just now able to talk about it. The floors and counters still aren’t sealed but at least the color application is finished.
I realized that I haven’t exactly been thorough in the documentation of The Great Renovate so I’ve resolved to backtrack the best I can. For those that are interested this entry is about the transformation of tile floors to concrete.
When installing concrete floors there are a couple of options (naturally) as to what type of concrete to use. There are self leveling concrete products, which are best poured at about 1/8″ thickness. Apparently, this product is very easy to apply and doesn’t have to be trowelled; it just self levels itself, hence the name. Of course, this kind of ease has quite the price and when all is said and done concrete is concrete. So we used a top secret mix (haha) developed by my brother in law, Alessandro, of Double P Construction.
Before The Great Renovate began the floors in our house were a peachy colored porcelain tile, period. The entire house was floored with this tile.
Here’s a close up, so you can get a better idea of the color. The sleeping beauty is my dog Papi. I have very limited before shots because my external hard drive where they were stored fell to its untimely death. Back up people, and in more than one place.
Back to the floors. Naturally, the first thing that had to be done was take all of the tile off. We found terrazzo floors underneath which many people would have restored. However, that’s not the look we were going for.
Notice that the picture just above and the first picture are from the exact same vantage point. We knocked down the cute little half wall with the picture window and the wall where the TV was to create one big space . That’s a whole separate post.
Next step to prep the floors was to hire a subcontractor to chemically strip the floor to remove all debris and then shot blast it with little metal pellets to ensure the new concrete adhered to the surface underneath. Once the prep was done the concrete guys came in and worked their magic.
Here you can see what the concrete looks like when it’s “setting up”.
And here’s what the concrete floors looked like fully dry.
Next post is where the fun really begins…acid stain. Enter evil laugh here.