In “Our House” this dining room area is the first place you enter from outside. This space started out as an oversized
double car attached garage, but has been transformed into this room now. (read more about the beginning of the transformation: see Chapter 1 and Chapter 2)
The concrete floors are heated with tubing that has warm water flowing through them. The tubing is called “Wirsbo”. This type of heat is very cozy up here in the NW Wisconsin winters! The tubes were laid directly on top of the existing garage concrete slab, and then another couple of inches of cement was poured over the top of it all.
I wanted the finished floor to have a natural texture, almost like limestone, and since this project was done before acid wash was a popular treatment for concrete, we had to be creative in achieving a limestone appearance.
First, we added some concrete color to the mix when it was still wet, and randomly threw handfuls of a couple of different colors of the dry concrete colorant all over the floor after we used a hand trowel to achieve a rustic finish. Then our carpenter let us on to a little trick. He sprinkled rock salt to the top of the still wet concrete. What happened next is magic. As the rock salt dissolved it left ‘poc’ marks on the concrete creating a very organic feel to my limestone inspired floor. After the floor was completely cured, I sealed it simply with a concrete sealer I purchased from Home Depot. That original sealant was on for several years when this space was my studio space.
But when we decided to turn this space into dining space, I re-examined the floor and felt the color was too light. I wanted this room to encompass an outdoor, ‘al fresco’ dining feel to it. My answer? Go dig in the paint room for some leftover paints, of course! I thinned some dark brown latex paint with water, (really thinned out) and with a couple of terrycloth rags, I put, well mostly slopped, the thinned out paint on, and with the other rag, dabbed off the excess, being careful not to leave any telltale ‘wipe’ marks behind. After it was dry I looked, and yes I was getting closer, but still not quite dark enough. So I repeated the whole slopping and ragging off process and let that dry. Ah, it was worth repeating the second coat. I then put a couple of coats of concrete sealer on it, (I did this with a roller with a long handle attached onto it, just moving the tray along on the floor as I went)
So we now have this very ‘limestone’ feeling floor that has held up super well and I love! It was the ‘solid’ beginning toward our ‘al fresco’ dining area.
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