How to paint your concrete floor

A basement renovation can be an exciting project. Maybe you’ve cleared a load of junk out and you’re wondering what to do with all that extra space? It could become an office, a games room, a home gym… the possibilities are endless!

If you want to make your new haven feel a part of your home, disguising the cold, concrete floor will instantly make it seem cosier. However, painting a concrete floor can be a daunting process, so here are some tips to get you started.

Prep the floor correctly

The first step in painting your floor is to prepare it. Vacuum the area thoroughly and clean the floor with a degreasing, pH-neutral product.

Check for any cracks or damage in the floor. If there are any cracks, fill these in with a concrete sealer.

Protect the surrounding areas such as mouldings and baseboard heaters by placing painter’s tape around the perimeter of the basement.

Choose the right paint

Painting a concrete floor is not an easy task. Yes, it needs to look good, but it also must be practical.

Choose a paint that is water-resistant and durable enough to withstand wear and tear. If you’re going to be moving heavy furniture into your basement, you don’t want to risk scaping your handiwork before the renovation is even complete.

Crucially, consider whether it is dust-repellent and will be protected against humidity.

Type of paint

There are a few options of floor paint for concrete, but it’s important to pick the right one for your needs.

Epoxy paint is a great choice as it has a hard finish and is extremely durable. It also has a built-in sealant, so you won’t have to spend time painting an extra layer over it.

Alternatively, you could use standard paint, but bear in mind this will require a coat of sealant over the top to ensure the finish is protected from damage.

Choosing your colour

Before choosing your paint, consider the colour and style of the furniture or equipment you’ll be adding to the space. Ensure there are no clashing colours and that the shade you choose complements the style of your furnishings.

Collect colour swatches to compare different shades, you’d be surprised how many different varieties there are of one colour!

Tips for painting the floor

Now you’ve prepared the area and chosen your paint, it’s time to paint the floor. Ensure your space is well-ventilated as paint fumes can be dangerous.

Check whether your paint requires a primer to be applied to the floor. If you’ve chosen epoxy paint, it’s likely this won’t be necessary. If primer is required, apply it using a roller and a paintbrush for those hard-to-reach spots. The primer will require a 24-hour wait before the first coat of paint.

Mix your paint if required, or if using an all-in-one solution, stir it thoroughly. Apply the paint to the edges of the floor first, then paint the remaining area with a roller. If a second coat is required, check the instructions for the drying time, then once this has passed, apply your final coat.