Office Makeover Part 1: Paint and Concrete Floor

Last week I started the biggest piece of my office makeover plans.  By Sunday evening I was completely finished and all the furniture had been put back into my office.  I’m so happy with my new yellow walls and concrete floor!

I had been dreaming of a concrete floor in my office for a couple of years but I really didn’t plan to start the project last week.  Wednesday I made an impulsive decision to rip up a piece of the carpet in the corner behind the door because I wanted to determine if there was a gap between the concrete and the base board.  I was so excited when I saw the floor went right up to the wall with out a gap.  From there, the plans for the project took off.
I made a quick stop at Lowe’s with my dad to pick up supplies.  He is very handy and always an amazing help when I have any big project questions.  There are several different ways to give concrete a pretty finish. I opted for the quickest, easiest, and least expensive.  Valspar latex porch and floor paint doesn’t require a base or seal so it seemed like an obvious decision.  Also there are plenty of fun color options.  I chose Lazy River.  
Over the course of three days I was able to completely finish the floor.  There weren’t too many steps involved but each task was extremely time consuming and labor intensive.  For the most part, the floor portion of the project can be broken down into five steps.
Step 1: Pull out carpet and padding
I took most of the furniture out of the room and started pulling out the carpet and padding. 

I had a table in the room that wouldn’t fit through the door without being dismantled.  I definitely should have completed that step prior to working on removing the carpet!  I somehow managed to shift the table around in the room to get all the carpet and padding completely out. 

Step 2: Remove carpet tack strips
I used a hammer and screwdriver to pry up the carpet tack strips.  A few hours later and the room was free of all the boards!

Step 3: Remove carpet glue
This may have been the most difficult part of the project.  I used a metal scraper and worked several hours Friday evening.  I was back in the room with my scraper early Saturday morning and spent another few hours removing the glue.  

Once all the glue had been removed I sanded the floor.  Another time consuming and labor intensive task.

Step 4: Repair concrete
The nails in the concrete from the tack strips left big holes along the edge of the concrete floor.  I used a concrete patching compound to fill in the holes.

It was my first time using the compound and, along with my handy three year old assistant, we spent an hour filling in all the holes.  I didn’t bother completely smoothing the compound while it was wet because I was anxious to get all the holes filled.  I figured I would be sanding the floor again before the painting process so it wouldn’t be a problem to smooth out the patches.  Clearly I would not do it again that way.  Take your time to completely smooth out the compound or you will be spending unnecessary time with sand paper later.

Another round with the sand paper and all the hard part was done. 

I vacuumed and mopped the floor twice before I was sure all the dust was gone.  At this point I took a break from working on the floor and painted the walls with Valspar Picking Daisies.

I love how bright it makes the space!

Step 5: Paint floor

You can completely remove your baseboards or just tape them with painters tape.  I chose to simply use tape.

First I painted the edges around the entire room with two coats of the floor paint.

Painting the floor was easy and quick.  I didn’t even use a paint tray.  I just dumped the paint directly onto the floor and used a roller to smooth it out.  I let the first coat dry for a couple of hours and then applied a second coat.

By Sunday evening I had all the furniture moved back into my office!  I love the new walls and concrete floor!


I am so proud of the work I put into the floor and how pretty it looks.  There is plenty more on my list of projects to get this room completely done but for now, I’m enjoying my new space.

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12 thoughts on “Office Makeover Part 1: Paint and Concrete Floor”

  1. I can see you put alot of hard work and love into your new craft room/office. Enjoy it..I am still fighting my husband for the spare room, half way there but still fighting (must think of better tactics)hugs C

  2. WOW! Hard work pays off! Can’t wait to see it all done. Am I an idiot for not knowing there was floor paint? My garage floor looks terrible, and now painting it is added to the list of To-Do! Thanks for the eye opener!


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