Chalk Paint® on a Cement Floor
The floor in our studio started out with carpet tiles.
My youngest niece is only in school 1/2 day so she willingly came and helped pull up all the carpet tiles. She did most of the work!
I found out that carpet tiles (especially the older versions) are NOT meant to be pulled up. The adhesive was difficult to remove and in hindsight, I would not have done so much prep work. I wanted the floor to look rustic and Chalk Paint® had amazing coverage.
Concrete floor after pulling up carpet tiles and hiring someone to remove most of the adhesive.
My dad helped roll on the Graphite Chalk Paint®!
The room is approximately 300 square feet and took 4.5 quarts of Graphite Chalk Paint® to do 2 coats.
We used Cream Chalk Paint® for the stencil work.
Stencil work in progress.
It was rewarding to see the pattern emerge! The stencil came with instructions and marking guides which made the process go smoothly. We bought our stencil from a fellow stockist at Royal Design Studio. They have so many beautiful stencils to choose from. We were worried during the process because even though we tried to be extra careful we did get footprints on the graphite. In the end there was no need to worry because we gently wiped up any noticable markings with a slightly damp cloth and the Annie Sloan Lacquer did the rest!
We only did one coat of Annie Sloan Lacquer since we were going for a graceful, aged look. Make sure you turn the lacquer upside down for a couple of hours before applying. Annie likes to say that the good ‘stuff’ is at the bottom and you want to make sure and incorporate it throughtout the product.
You can also use this clear sealant to help protect the finish on painted furniture which sees lots of use. Application is easy with a roller or brush, and the product dries quickly! It will slighty darken the color beneath it with a matte finish. We did the floor a year ago and the finish is still beautiful and durable.
We love the way it looks:-)
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