The Garage (Apartment)- Part 5

>> 7.13.2012

(continued from part 1part 2, part 3, and part 4


The stain is on the concrete!


We decided to stain the floors for a few reasons:

  • The sheet vinyl that we ripped up caused mold issues and we wanted to go with something that would allow the flooring to breath a bit more.
  • The stained look is popular with our target tenants.
  • We knew that we could DIY the project and do it for less $$ than most other options.
  • It would be a pretty green choice: no ugly temporary flooring to rip up in the future.
  • If we hated it, we could always put a different flooring choice over it. 


Obviously, paint would have been an almost equivalent choice, but we liked the *idea* of a more textured surface. We went with grey because the bathroom tiles were already a darker greyish tone and it seemed like a good idea at the time.


To stain the floors, we basically followed the instructions on the back of the cans: 
  1. clean floor
  2. etch floor (found in the paint section next to stain)
  3. wait overnight
  4. clean/ dampen 
  5. spray stain 
  6. wait overnight again
  7. spray stain again and roll to even out look
  8. wait overnight AGAIN
  9. spray stain in random spots that we missed
  10. wait overnight again and thank ourselves for being smart enough to make this a weekday project instead of a weekend project
  11. use sealer
etching using bug chemical sprayer:
Don't worry, it took about 45 seconds to realize that we had forgotten to put on our masks!


The individual steps were pretty simple. I did spray some stain on the walls a couple of times, but we fixed that issue by using a roller in the edges. Oh, and there was the fact that we are not experienced/ artistic enough to make anything close to a natural-looking texture on the floors:
 Not cute!

And, another re-do...


Luckily, there was the flat-look option that we ended up achieving after rolling out the stain:
Last week:


Now:

I can't say that I think it's the most wonderful, fabulous result, but it's much better than the flooring before. Most importantly, I don't think that any potential tenants will be afraid of it.


Also, we're seriously considering going ahead and buying an apartment-sized stove (thanks to your persuasive comments). The electrician is coming this afternoon so we should know if it's even possible today.

4 comments:

April July 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM  

I forgot to comment on your stove/hotplate question, but yes, I agree that the apartment-sized stove with oven is the way to go. (and fridge too) They are pretty reasonable priced. Seems to be the expected appliances for that size of place, and everyone wants to make some slice and bake cookies every once in awhile, right? :)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards July 13, 2012 at 6:23 PM  

This looks so good! Thus is what I want to do in our next house in the basement. Thanks for sharing the steps.

carrie @ brick city love July 14, 2012 at 8:19 AM  

Looks great!! I'm curious to see how it holds up over time. I painted the concrete floor in my garden unit and, while it's holding up pretty well, I know there's a couple chips (2+ years later) that will need touching up.

Anonymous,  July 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM  

so glad that you're back to blogging. i always enjoyed your posts and learned a lot from you.

the garage apartment reno looks great.

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