Earlier this summer I shared with you that I am overhauling our small front porch space to make it more of a room in our house. My goal is to make the front porch a welcoming spot where I want to sit and relax, or sit and watch my kids play while I do some work from my laptop. So far in the process, I have touched up our porch posts, while still keeping the chippy vintage look I love, and taken our door from gray to blush. Today’s stop is all about how I am improving the basic cement floor. This is a two-step process, and you will want to check out the way I finished off the floors in the next post!
You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to paint a cement floor. Let’s take a look at the three steps to go from a basic cement pad to a fresh new coat of paint.
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step one | Clean your surface. I used a small pressure washer and gave my cement floor a good soak, washing away dirt and debris. Allow to dry and then brush off what dust remains.
step two | Prep the concrete. To make sure the cement is ready for painting I used Fast Prep by Valspar. This product was my favorite out of all the ones I found. It cleans, removes grease and etches the concrete all in one step. Follow the directions on the bottle to prep your concrete.
step three | Paint the cement. Select a paint that is designed for use on cement. I used Valspar Latex Porch & Floor Paint in satin. I liked that I had the option of choosing a satin finish, and it came in a latex paint base, instead of just oil. Also the paint can be tinted to one of many color choices. Edge the floor first with a paint brush, and then roll on the paint using a paint roller extension arm. The extension arm will let you stand up while painting. Allow to dry and then add a second coat of paint if needed.
You don’t want to miss out the final reveal of this floor over here, and how I took this painted cement floor and made it looked like patterned tile.
Make sure you head over to check out the full farmhouse front porch reveal!