One Room Challenge | Week Four

It is Week Four of the ORC, as in FOUR THE LOVE of all that is pure and holy, will I finish this on time???  Photos happen in just over a week–that isn’t much time to finish.  But guess what?  For the first time in the ORC history, our host Linda is extended the challenge by a week!  Many featured designers are experiencing shipment and work delays due to the effects of the many natural disasters in the last several weeks.  Mark your calendars!  The new reveal date is November 15.  Guest participants will reveal on November 16.

So the best part of this One Room Challenge?  A surprise visit from my brother Ron!  Do you remember that he was working on a table for the ORC space?  When it came time to ship, he decided to drive it from Texas to Georgia!  We had a such great weekend with him.  And, the table, the table!  It is sooooooooooooo perfect.  I LOVE it.  Thank you, Ron!It is expertly crafted of aluminum, and it is already back from the powder coater in a beautiful shade of ivory.  It looks amazing painted!

The powder room bath is coming along.  Did you see on my Instagram that it is now RED?  The room completely changed with the paint and molding Chris put up, of course.  Many thanks to ORC sponsor Farrow & Ball for the paint in the vivid Incarnadine color.  It is Chris’ first time to use Farrow & Ball, and he was so impressed with the application.  “It practically paints itself,” he said.The floor of this space is the only section I did not do when I painted the basement floors 3 years ago.  But the small room was easy to complete Monday, another check on the list!

The process is so simple.  This is what you need for faux concrete stain:

  • Knee pads, oh you’ll want knee pads
  • latex gloves
  • paint roller
  • brush
  • paint pan
  • plastic grocery bags, inside out
  • H&C Concrete Sealer, Wet Look, tinted to desired shade

You can do two shades of sealer and mottle together–I did this at our mountain house with aqua and brown.  For the basement here I went with a charcoal-tinted sealer.

First, first, make sure the floors are as clean as possible.  In our experience it was best to sweep and vacuum repetitively rather than mop.  The mopping only seemed to make a paste with the dust.

For our basement, we had to do an opaque 4″ black border to cover the white paint we were not able to remove close to the baseboards.  It’s a necessary detail I love.  Chris applied the stripe in a Benjamin Moore floor paint.

I also used it to paint a stripe pattern in the alcove hallway.  Tape, tape, lots of tape.Once I was done with the opaque paint details, I started in with the tinted sealer.

  • First, take a day to roll on a coat of untinted sealer to create a slick surface on which to apply the tinted sealer.  If you skip this step, the tinted sealer will absorb quickly into the concrete and will be unworkable.
  • After the first coat dries a day, start in a corner and roll tinted sealer in about a 2×2′ or 3×3′ area, use a brush to apply sealer in corners and along baseboard.
  • Immediately blot the rolled sealer with a crumpled plastic grocery bag.  Make sure the bag is inside out so that the printing on the outside of the bag does not bleed onto your floors.  The bag makes a non-descript pattern on the floor that hides the brushstrokes/roller marks.
  • Feather out the wet edges so that there isn’t a hard line that dries while you work on other areas.
  • Work fast and blend as you go.

That’s it!  It is super easy!  You can go over the finished floor with an untinted sealer to add extra gloss if that is the look you’re after.  We did not since I was content with the sheen level we have.  It is an affordable DIY solution for bare concrete floors.  It has held up great!

Guess what I did on Monday when I did the bathroom floors??  I totally forgot about step 1 with the untinted sealer.  So, yes, the raw concrete floors completely sucked up the color and I had no time to work it out, AND it is now darker than the rest of the basement floors because of that.  Rookie mistake!  But I don’t mind it too much since it is contained in that room.

So, new things have arrived this last week, including this Petunia pendant from ORC sponsor Hayneedle:

Two of these will hang in the main hallway to the basement.  Three other large drum fixtures will hang in the guest room hallway, the Alston from Crystorama, another generous ORC sponsor:


These are large and in charge, mama!  Can’t wait to see them up.

I also picked up pillows from Designs by Sudi, who crafted the covers from this luxurious Orapa Dot fabric from Stroheim fabrics:

The beautiful yellow velvet pillow in the back is part of a pair from Arianna Belle, custom pillowery.  Check out her selection of pillows that can be customized–lovely fabrics!

I picked up the tulip table base from the powder coater–new granite top comes next week.  The upholstered console table is here and so cool, I love it!  Chris has the kitchen shelf up.  Some of the framing is done.  Wallpaper went in the bathroom yesterday.  And bathroom countertops go in next week.  Everything is moving right along!

Next week you’ll find me deep in cleaning, picture hanging, and overall styling bonanza (freaking out, I’m sure).  Thank you to our host, Linda of Calling It Home, for getting us motivated to make pretty rooms!

Check out the other ORC buckaroos knocking it out:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely  | Old Brand New | Old Home Love | The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha   

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  1. Love the table! Maybe it’s because my husband works in a sheet manufacturing facility (he’s a senior engineer)–I love sheet metal. I mean, if nothing else, it pays the bills. 😉 But I also find it aesthetically pleasing in an unusual way.

    Your tutorial makes me wish I had a concrete floor to finish. I do not, but I LOVE this look. And I think my favorite bit here is the painted stripes. Fun and funky.

  2. I love the painted stripes. So much style and yet anyone could do it!

  3. wow that paint finish is amazing!! lots of taping for sure but so worth it!! totally durable though after being seal? can’t wait to see you pull the space together!

  4. Love that Red!

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