One man. One house. 2000 square feet of concrete acid stain
Jack Whitley undertook quite a project: rather than putting down carpet or hardwood floors in his 2000-sq. ft. home, he stained all the concrete with acid stain from Direct Colors.
“It was just straight new concrete,” Whitley said of the space before he stained it. “I wasn’t trying for any pattern; it just came out that way.”
He used both the English red and the coffee brown stains, mixing them to achieve the color that he wanted. He first poured the red out and mixed it with the brown. Then, he mixed one part coffee, one part red, and one part water. He sprayed the floor, used the baking soda mop, and then sealed and waxed them. Because concrete acid stain won’t stick to painted wood on baseboards, Whitley could spray the stain inside and just wipe off the baseboards, leaving no mess. He was able to do the entire project by himself.
“Once you get the soda mopping, the sealer and the wax is easy,” he said. “You just mop it on with a roller or lambswool. I used a 2-ft. roller to put the wax and sealer on. We live right out of Freeport, Texas, by the river,” Whitley said. “No matter what walks in or out, you just do a damp mop and it’s ready to go, really easy to maintain. We used this [concrete acid stain] in the entire house. Every closet, every floor, bedrooms, kitchen. We put a few throw rugs in. I did the whole interior of my 2000 square foot house for about $500-600. To carpet and tile it, it would’ve been about $5,000. And it’s pretty much bulletproof. Been on over a year, and I’ve re-waxed it one time. It looks perfect.”
A couple of dogs had gone through the house and scratched a few places. According to Whitley, the floor was still shiny, but he wanted to redo it. He also enjoyed working with Direct Colors on the project.
“It was real good, no sales tax, free delivery,” he said. “We had delivery the next day, and it wasn’t expensive.”
So what are other people saying about his new flooring?
“Everybody just marvels about it,” Whitley said. “They can’t believe it. With a new construction concrete, it works very well if you protect it. [It’s] excellent. I would recommend it to anybody.”