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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's good we don't own goats

So the second part of the TJ's room make-over story is this...

We decided to stain the concrete instead of putting down a different flooring. And TJ wanted RED. Well, really more like a vintage Americana red, not a fire engine red. It matches his loft bed. And since it's his room, we said okay.

To apply said stain, you clean the floor, and then you spray on the stain with a pump sprayer (the same type of sprayer you would use to spray round-up in the yard). What I didn't realize is that, well, the sprayer is not nearly as discriminate as I would have thought. And I wasn't home when my husband did it. So I left home with a gray floor, and returned the site of an animal sacrifice. Or that's what it looked like. Seriously, CSI uses less fake blood than it looked like was sprayed in that room. And when he did a second coat, some of it ran, so it looked like we had literal rivers of blood.

Not pretty.

Scary actually.

It's good we don't own goats or the neighbors would be talking.

To add insult to injury, he ran out of stain at the end, and the dredges that came up were PINK, and DULL in sheen, as opposed to the rest of the room that was red and shiny.

So how do you fix that?

Well, for the floor, we picked up another color stain (a gray that matches the walls perfectly) and sponged that on top-that way the irregular pattern of the sponging helps hid the less intentional irregular look of the red.

For the arterial spray on the wall? Two coats of Kilz has taken care of that.

So as with any project we take on, it's one step forward, two steps back.

But the floor is fixed now, the walls are primed and mostly painted, and I just have to finish some cut in, and then the walls and floor should be done.

This patch shows what it should have looked like :-).

I'll post a more update floor and wall picture tomorrow.

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chewhi said...

good info to know! I have 3 concrete floors and thinking about painting 1 or 2 of them....

Melissa said...

Wow! I'm looking forward to seeing this.