Good Questions: Painting or Staining Concrete Floors?

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Dear AT,

We recently bought a condo hi-rise (1964) with concrete floors beneath hideous wall-to-wall carpet; saving up for the BIG remodel but want to be rid of the carpet in the meantime--am imagining removing the carpet and perhaps painting or staining the concrete for now...has anyone done this or am I crazy?

Many thanks,

Kristen

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Kristen,

We actually really like stained and painted concrete floors, so we encourage you to go for it!

The photo we used here was from this Good Question that was on AT:NY a few months ago; it mentioned concrete floors.

There were also several lovers of concrete floors in this OT.

Our advice is to do your research because there are quite a few steps involved -- cleaning, possible sanding and repairing cracks and holes, priming, a couple of coats, sealing. A good paint supply store should be able to tell you exactly what you should do, but you can get an idea from sites like this and this. (It turns out there's even an eco-friendly soy concrete stain.)

Anyone have any actual experience with this?