I had to take up the carpet in my spare bedroom that I was going to use as my art studio. I didnt know what to put back down. It stayed bare concrete for quite a while. Eventually I decided to paint it. I toyed over the ideas I had in my head. I wanted bamboo like my living room but I thought painting it would be more fun. So I did.
What do you think??? My friends didnt know I was going to do this so when they came over they first thought that we had actually put a wood floor down. I had to tell them that it was painted. Either that or they were being very nice to my ego:) Painting the floor was quite easy to do.
First I made sure the concrete floor was extremely clean and vacuumed very well. Then I painted the floor with 2 coats of Kilz water based sealer. Let it dry overnite. Then I painted the entire floor in a tan latex house paint. let it dry overnite. I streaked the entire floor with similar browns and beiges of my real bamboo floor , creating a streaky light and darker effect. When it was dry I then drew parallel lines every 6" across the entire floor with a sharpie. Next I drew short perpendicular lines in between the 6" lines at 3' intervals to create the effect of the 3' boards you usually buy stock wood flooring in. I offset the line each time I drew them by 1' to give the effect of the a staggered board.
|sample of staggered boards drawn on floor|