As soon as we started the guest room/office, I started brainstorming what to do about the floors. And then the room across the hall flooded and that sealed our idea to rip up the old blue carpet and stain the concrete floor. I was lucky to find this awesome site that gave us a big headstart on what we needed to do to make our stained floors a success. I pinned it on my DIYable board and a month later, we had our own stained floor.
After we ripped up the carpet, but BEFORE we stained (note--the carpet went up the wall, so this room has no baseboards right now):
After we stained the floor:
It was about 6 days of prep work and 2 days of actually staining. We opted not to put a shiny topcoat on because we liked the satiny leather look that 2 coats of stain gave us. We are thrilled with the character and warmth it adds to the concrete. We plan to lay a cozy area rug in the room to juxtapose the hardness of the concrete. If you are curious how the whole project went down, we aren't gonna leave you hanging.
Here's a short video of the entire process (for those of you who haven't seen it on True Value's Facebook Page):
If you take anything away from that video, it should be: if you plan on staining your concrete floor, make sure it is SUPER clean beforehand. Prep is key. And it will be all worth it in the end.
Of course, we don't make videos without tons of outtakes. You're welcome:
To see how our guest room and office turned out, check out this post.