Desiree' here - Hubby is taking over the blog today to give the tale of how the Bedroom Remodel went! Enjoy. (I"ll likely be breaking it down into a few parts.) But if you don't want to read the whole sordid detail - here's a before and after:
Mr. Skinny Geek -
I took a week off of work with the full
intention of relaxing, playing some PlayStation and just generally
chilling. As usual with my vacations, it didn't work out that way.
This is my adventure into the frustrating world of decorative concrete.
our cats decided to start a turf war on our turf, ruining our bedroom
carpet in the process. My brother and I (hereafter referred to as 'we')
pulled up the carpet to expose the concrete foundation, and after a
little internet research, decided that a decorative concrete stain was
the most economical method of fixing this mess.
Chris is attempting home improvement stuff? He can't even change a
light bulb! I gotta see this...! Oh, and sorry about the carpet.
I went to the Internets and noticed that concrete staining looked nice, pretty easy, and super cheap by comparison to tile.
No sooner had I closed my browser and ripped up the carpet when we
noticed these funny diagonal stripes on the concrete underneath the
carpet, bringing a swift end to day one as we tried to figure out what
to do about it.
At least I got to buy some new tools. Shop vac: $49.99. Belt sander: $59.99.
two: closeups of the mystery stripes (cat provided for scale). We
wracked our brains trying to figure out where they came from but they
sure as hell weren't coming up.
After a few attempts at scraping, sanding and vacuuming. See the difference? No, neither did we.
of my research hinted at the possibility that the people (i.e. idiots)
who build our house might have used our bedroom floors as a staging area
to prime and paint every door in the house without cleaning up after
We discovered some oddness in the closet as well - something that looked like concrete repair or possibly primer of some kind.
on top of everything (well, underneath everything, actually) we had
this little crack that ran pretty much the length of the room. Patching
this up with some concrete/polymer mix was our first order of business.
We probably should have attacked the stains first, but never having
done a project of this scale before, I wanted to try to try my hand at
the intimidating part to see if I was going to have to give in and just
call someone to fix all of this. When your home maintenance skill set
consists of little more than changing light bulbs, it's best to find
your limits early.
crack, patched. I wasn't sure if I needed to angle grind it wider
before patching it, but the patch compound went in nicely and feathered
easily with a trowel.
don't have a 'before' picture, but this was the next foray into
concrete work. These are the holes left by the tack strips that held
down the carpet. We had to get a little tub of concrete patch to put
down over each hole. All. The. Way. Around. The. Room.
patch concrete dried to a color almost the same color as the original
concrete. I'll explain shortly why it ended up not mattering at all.
This was the end of day 2.
3: the concrete repairs were successful but the floor still had to be
cleaned. Enter this beast rented from Home Depot - it's a basic rotary
floor maintenance tool ($65 rental) but with a Diamabrush ($35 rental)
instead of a buffer pad. Google it. It's actually made of diamonds!
Just for all you Borderlands 2 players, I called it Butt Stallion for
the remainder of the time we had it.
floor with the worst of the paint picked up. Those two little piles on
the left and right of the picture are made of of the latex and primer
that the diamabrush scoured off.
Fortunately, the scouring didn't mess up the tack strip repairs (seen along the edges of the floor).
all of the research I did, the only thing that any of the resources I
found could agree on was that surface preparation was key. So down went
a thick coat of primer.
down onto the thick coat of primer went a cat. As you can see, it was
still wet but there are no pictures of me dipping the cat's paws in a
sink full of water. Day three ended in blood. You should be able to
pick out the Band-Aids on me in some of the upcoming pictures.
That's all for Days 1 - 3 for now. I'll try to put more up later today (and waiting on Mr. Skinny Geek to finish commentary on a couple of pics too). I'm off work today so I'm heading to the gym! Laters!