We finally made the decision to move forward on a floor treatment that I had stumbled across in a magazine
Besides the really awesome way it looked…the price tag look a lot better
Just so you won’t think I’m teasing you for the next few days…I’ll share with you now the cost of this project
for one 11ft x 12ft room
Are you ready?
About $85.00 🙂 and I’m rounding up.
Now you know!
Now for the fun stuff…
Preparing the floor.
It was simple, just vacuum and remove any clumps of paint or plaster left behind from the builders and repair any holes or cracks that were more than 1/8″ wide.
Yeah, let’s see…my house was built in 1985. Remarkably no cracks! I mean there are teeny tiny hairline cracks but those didn’t warrant my attention. Not like the the four huge gaping holes in the middle of the floor and all of the little holes left behind from the carpet tack boards.
Never say that Facebook is a waste of time…had I done what I had researched about patching holes in cement slabs I would have wasted my time and money. Thankfully before I moved any further on this project I posted a question on Funky Junk Interiors fan page. Yep! You read it right…I figured with all of the projects she had done in her home, she just might know the answer.
But it gets better…Tammy from Junk Situation commented on the post and told me what to do. Turns out her hubby is a builder. Baddabingbaddaboom! I had my answer and better yet, what I needed only cost me $10 at Home Depot and that one bucket of Quickrete Quick Setting Cement Patch will do my whole house!
Here are two of the Grand Canyon like holes in my son’s floor. They have been there since the house was built and they were just covered up with carpet so we never knew they were there until we ripped the carpet out.
Following the directions mister just mixed a small amount in a plastic milk jug he cut down and he went to town with a flat edge tool. You can use a trowel but for the small holes around the perimeter of the room and even the large holes this was sufficient and easier to use.
It looks a bit rough but after it drys we went back and just smoothed it up with damp sponge and some sand paper, then vacuumed up the dust.
The directions suggest that you keep the area damp so we kept a spray bottle of water handy for misting the area. If you get it too damp just wipe away the excess water with a washcloth. Concrete is porous so the water soaks in quickly.
This is how it looked after it dried and it was sanded down and cleaned up. It looks rough but it isn’t, the photo is deceiving. You might see though the small cracks in the patch, that was the deepest area. The directions tell you to put a small amount in and let that set, then come back and add more until you get to the level of the floor.
Scraped. Patched. Vacuumed.
oh. and if by chance I have left something out or didn’t explain this correctly, please don’t hesitate to let me know…this helps everyone down the road.