A little over four years ago, I decided to rip up the carpet in our master bedroom and paint the concrete slab underneath. I couldn’t take that dirty disgusting carpet anymore. It had to go! I really wanted to continue the existing hardwood floors from the hallway into the bedroom; but, after a couple of quotes, I had to come up with a less expensive and time consuming plan. I had seen some beautifully stained concrete floors on Pinterest and I thought I could stain the concrete slab under my carpet. So, at the time we began ripping up the carpet, that was my plan – to stain the concrete slab. That just wasn’t possible and we ended up with painted concrete floors inside the house instead of a stained concrete slab. I have had some questions about how the painted concrete bedroom floors have held up, so I have decided to do a painting concrete bedroom floors update for you.
Want to Paint Your Concrete Slab? The Condition of The Slab Matters
To see my original post and the entire process that we used painting concrete bedroom floors, read How To Paint Concrete Floors. But, let me explain why we went with painted concrete floors in house instead of trying to stain the concrete slab. When we pulled up the carpet, we were totally surprised by the condition of the concrete slab. It was not in a condition that would look good stained. It had green paint from where the builders had painted the cabinets and there was a patched area in the hallway going to the bathroom. In addition, when we pulled up the carpet, we had to then remove the tack strips which left holes around the edge of the room. Our concrete slab was a mess!
Chances are your concrete slab is not going to be as pretty as you think it is. Ours certainly was not. I would say how well your project comes out is going to depend on what condition your concrete slab is in on the front end. Needless to say our original plan of staining our concrete slab, turned into painted concrete floors in house. This process is slightly different when the concrete floor is in your house verses say an outdoor space like a garage. Again, our entire process for painting concrete floors in your house is at How To Paint Concrete Floors.
What I Would Do Differently
Improving the condition of the concrete slab is where I wish we had spent a little more time during our prep work. We did use an epoxy to fill the holes left from removing the tack strips, but I wish we had spent some time putting epoxy in some of the other smaller holes and cracks that we found in the floor. I also wish we had covered the concrete patch spot with epoxy. My plan there was simply to cover it with a rug after we were done, but I never did. Now it’s a dirt trap. The smoother you can make your concrete slab before you paint your concrete bedroom floors, the better.
Paint Concrete Slab? How It’s Holding Up?
This is the question everyone wants to know, right? How are the floors holding up? It’s why I am writing this painted concrete bedroom floors update, after all. Well, after four years, they are still great, actually. I mean, they aren’t perfect; but, they never were. Yes, there are some smaller scratches and we have a couple of chipped spots where the concrete patch was, but I think that’s just because it was a concrete patch. For a painted bedroom concrete floor, I think it has held up quite well for four years.
This is the main bedroom and the majority of the floor is covered by either furniture or a rug, so that helps maintain the paint, I’m sure. These pictures were taken three years after we painted the bedroom floors and I posted an update on this room in Master Bedroom Updates. If you were to look very closely, I’m sure you would be able to see some imperfections, but this is the main traffic area and I think it still looks great.
Painting Concrete Bedroom Floors Again?
Would I recommend painting concrete bedroom floors? Yes. Absolutely. For the money, this was a great update. I could not have lived with that carpet one more day and I didn’t want to spend the money on hardwood floors. So, this was a very budget friendly solution. I thought this would just be a temporary fix until we put down hardwoods at a later date, but I might leave it forever. If I ever had to sell my house, I’m sure I would be advised to put down hardwoods, but I’m not selling anytime soon.
You can also see in these pictures that there is a gap between the floor and the baseboards. This is something to think about before you rip up your carpet and decide to paint your concrete bedroom floors. Will that bother you? It does not bother me and I had intended to put down some quarter round to cover that gap, but I just never did. When you take out the carpet, you will have a gap. You can either live with the gap, or put in new, lower baseboards. We are living with the gap!
Paint Concrete Floors in House – Take Your Time & Pivot
If I had this home improvement DIY project to do again, I would spend more time on the front end. I did not know how long painting my bedroom concrete floors would take, but it was a long one. We had our bedroom furniture in the living room and we were sleeping in the guest room. I couldn’t wait to be done! I wish I had taken maybe another day to work with the epoxy before we started to paint the concrete slab.
If you are thinking about painting a concrete floor, my advice to you would be to take your time. Spend time on the prep work and on the finish. I think several layers of top coat will help the floor look better longer. So, don’t rush through that step, either. It takes as long as it takes. Check out How To Paint Concrete Floors to see how long this project took us.
Also, be prepared for surprises when you rip up that carpet and decide to paint your concrete slab. You never know what you are going to find underneath; and, it might not be pretty. You might have to pivot! Lastly, if you are going to paint concrete floors in your house, use the Porch and Floor paint from Sherwin Williams. I do not know how another floor paint would hold up if you used it to paint your concrete slab.
Also, check out how we painted the trim around the tray ceiling in this master bedroom in Black Crown Molding Makes a Major Impact.