I, of course, wanted hardwood flooring throughout…Markie Mark reigned me in to the idea of concrete. I looked at several commercial flooring companies and reviews, and Kemiko seemed to stand out . We did get nervous, the stain does dry quickly and looks like a very faded color of the one we wanted. To test out the final color , place a small amount of water on the floor {in a corner} and this will give you an example of the final color after the sealer is applied.
Since we were still a little worried about the color we applied a 3rd coat with 2:1 ratio, so more stain and less water. It says to also use thin coats, I put it on on pretty thick, to fill in small divots and cracks. FYI:   After our floor were finished we waited about 1-2 days time before moving things on it. So I’m going to have to go back and apply another coat of sealer to the living room area.
Hey FLoyd THank you for stopping by, here’s a link to our Kitchen right now, hopefully soon I will do an updated home tour!
We rented the floor grinder from Home Depot- they will give you a quick tutorial on the usage and accessories needed. I am thinking of pulling up the carpet and tile in my downstairs and staining the concrete- my question is- where you filled in the divots with the pre mixed concrete- can you see those spots now? Ok so I have been studying this blog because we are going to stain our basement concrete floors! This sealer has held up great, except around our dining table with excessive movement from chairs.
Our home was built in 1978, we had carpet tack issues, and just smoothed out the divots with premixed concrete. Concrete Stain Manufacturer, Concrete Camouflage® Quietly Has Major Breakthrough, Yet Again. Concrete stain manufacturer, Concrete Camouflage® has released new additions to their artist grade concrete stain line. Concrete Camouflage® has been improving contractors techniques and empowering do it yourselfers with the ability to confidently stain, seal and wax their concrete with professional and wonderfully artistic results for almost 20 years. While still gaining early popularity, concrete stain was originally available in only 6 basic and similar colors.
Beginning their trek towards becoming a prominent industry leader in 1995, Concrete Camouflage® came into being at a time when acid stains were still only made available primarily to contractors.
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Prices will vary depending on the color that you choose but you should expect to pay $59 up to $139 per linear foot. If you are planning to replace the old, outdated countertops in your home, you should not make compromises when it comes to price. Cambria quartz may be seen as a high-end option, but they actually save you more money because they are made of a resilient material that is easy to maintain and sanitary.
Cambria reviews are very positive because the countertops are resistant to scratches and scorch and they are stain proof.
If you want an additional proof for the quality of the Cambria countertops, you should know that they are exclusively made in the United States, whereas other quartz surfacing products are imported. Years from now, you will be in your kitchen preparing breakfast and you will look at your countertop knowing that you made the right choice.
Overall, Cambria countertops ensure the resilience, the safety and the beauty that you need for reinventing your kitchen. When choosing to remodel your kitchen or your bathroom, it generally comes down these two, as they are the top contenders for the most modern and durable. Living in today’s world, where pollution is almost everywhere, you are faced with the struggle to safeguard your family and the environment, but you can choose environmentally friendly when remodeling.

Floor Prep – crucial to have clean, dust free surface so that the stain can work right. DO NOT do this with Kemiko, that will take the natural lime out of your concrete and the stain will not take. The only thing I wish we had done was to wait to move things around on our living room floors. When y’all used the floor grinder did y’all spray the floor with water or do it dry?
By the end of it we were wetting down the area to damp, it helped keep the dust level down alot and have a little more traction with the grinder. We are about to tackle this same project in our basement and your tutorial was the best I’ve found.
However with our dark color, and the marbling effect it gives, I don’t mind those spots. I am super nervous and I just want to get it all straight not to mention the Kemiko website was so hard to understand! Once again surpassing industry standards, the new line now includes a count of 23 unique concrete acid stain colors.
Many in the industry believed that concrete acid stain simply could not be made better than it was, or in more than the handful of basic colors.
It wasn’t until 2004, that Concrete Camouflage became one of among the first few manufacturers to start offering their products to “do it yourselfers“directly. King is a freelance writer and a veteran within the Decorative Concrete Industry, having taught and helped countless individuals and contractors alike. Cheap materials may seem like an option, but, in the end, they will prove non-reliable and will cost you more when it comes to maintenance and repairs.
The manufacturing process ensures a high level of durability, supported by the natural resistance of the quartz, which scales seven on the Mohs Hardness Scale (on which diamond is a ten). The material is nonporous, so it does not absorb liquids, making it easier for you to clean and more difficult for bacteria to grow. You will love your countertop even more when you discover that your little girl tried to put on some make up again, smudging lipstick all over the counter. Yes I would skip the kemiko sealer and go straight to the behr high gloss if that’s the look you want. In the winter time which is about 2 months long here I do wear house shoes most of the time or socks.
However, Concrete Camouflage® changed that belief when they released their artist grade concrete stain. Although it’s their innovations that got them on the radar, it’s their fresh approaches to the ongoing development of their products that keeps the concrete stain, sealer and floor wax industries watching them so carefully. I was unable to find any kind of chart on Kemiko’s site as to how many gallons per how many square feet, etc.
A more effective single coat acid stain covering twice as many square feet and to much surprise, it was available in 14 colors.
Additionally, the Concrete Camouflage® extensive yet easy to understand tips and application instructions which includes free videos has been improving contractors techniques and empowering do it yourselfers with the ability to confidently stain, seal and wax their concrete with professional and wonderfully artistic results for almost 20 years.
To prove this, you should know that the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has certified it for indoor use, especially for food preparation areas. Every time you prepare food right on the surface of the countertop you’ll be thankful that you didn’t need a cutting board, and that the surface couldn’t be any safer for food prep. Concrete Camouflage® had successfully taken old world materials and knowledge, along with new world technologies and innovatively created a new generation of concrete staining products. Light stains gives the room a nice warm, airy and welcome look; dark stains hardwood gives the room a more formal and sophisticated look. We started with the ceilings (removing popcorn), textured and painted everything, remodeled kitchen and two baths and have finally made our way to the floors. The remainder of the industry was still trying to catch up but eventually started offering 8 colors and then as many as 11.

At the moment, dark seems to be the preference between the two, but this can vary based on the home owner’s tastes and style of the home.
As concrete staining continued to grow in popularity through the years, dozens of new companies emerged. After calculating the cost of laminate and tile (small heart attack), we are now reconsidering concrete stain, which I pushed for from the beginning. However, neither the old nor the new seems to have achieved the same level of quality, nor the number of color selections achieved by Concrete Camouflage®. Due to the fact that towards the end of 2012, with no announcements or fanfare, Concrete Camouflage® quietly released 9 new additions to their artist grade stain line. These new additions bring the current count to 23 unique concrete acid stain colors varying from soft pastels to dark rich colors and classic earth tones. It works well because, it is a brown stain (and does not have reds mixed in), so it’s very neutral and goes with almost everything. The picture on the left is provincial, but it appearing much lighter than usual due to my flash.
Provincial often works better in more traditional homes and special walnut often looks a bit more contemporary.
Please note that all of these stains come out slightly differently in everyone’s homes pending the species (red oak vs.
Red tones are more challenging to decorate with as they are more challenging to match other wood furniture, as well as paint, window treatments and pillows.
Gray is a bit challenging to achieve and more expensive than typical colors as you need to blend 2 colors and use a water based poly (otherwise it will yellow).
You can read more about gray hardwood floors here – Refinishing hardwood floors gray.
My higher end customers and those moving from NYC seem to have a lot of interest in this  Whitewashed floorsYes, one of the most surprising resurgences is white washed hardwood floors. The trend seems to be driven in part by the gray trend and in part by high end beach resorts in the Hamptons and now the Jersey Shore. NYC often starts the trends and this is becoming bigger there, so it’s naturally migrating to Westchester County NY as we have so many who move here from the City and work in the City. Similar to gray floors, you need to use a water based poly, and this costs a bit more and you often need to add an extra coat for more durability. Regardless, stain colors come out different on different woods (and even different pieces). We tried dark walnut but it was really dark on the walnut floor and made the grain almost disappear. The natural is beautiful but too light and it’s character grade walnut so I am afraid of a streaky floor with just tung oil. He’s asking me to pick 3 colors to stain for samples, are golden peacan, pickled oak and weathered oak good choices? I will test everything but ideally would like to maintain the mahogany inlay border as a design feature. Our goal is to add some contemporary features that will still work with the overall age of the home.
I’m the other half of the household that has the 1930s oak floors with the mahogany inlay.
We tried some of the stains on the floor (walnut, jacobean, ebony) pre-sanding so we have an idea of what direction we want our professional to take.
We thought we could get a sense of which color we like beforehand but maybe that’s not possible.

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