For this particular project, the concrete floor was original to the mid-century modern home. Mid-century modern is a style that can be seen in graphic design, interior design, and architecture. This style generally depicts the developments in modern design at the time between 1933 and the mid-1950s. When this home was initially built, the concrete served not only a structural purpose but was also integrally colored black and sealed to serve as the finished floor. Through the years this floor was eventually covered with carpet and long forgot about.
When our client bought the home almost 20 years ago, she knew she wanted to bring back the concrete floor. At the time, little was known about properly finishing the concrete so painting the surface seemed like the most logical solution. The floor had been painted multiple times in the last 20 years. The client had found Dancer Concrete Design online and thought we may have a better solution to her flooring problem than continuing to paint the surface only to watch it flake and peel.
Older concrete floors pose unique challenges. There are two main options and the best one depends on the condition of the floor. If the floor is in rough shape, we can lay down an overlay and refinish the surface. This process is similar to refinishing hardwood floors. This floor was in decent condition, so we were able to refinish the concrete itself. The process required fine attention to detail because the concrete is a focal point of the design.
We included a black concrete dye in our process to revitalize the original color. The owner was very pleased with the results and we were happy to bring back some life to a forgotten concrete floor and work in such a unique home.
System: StrongTread Polish – Remodel
Color: Midnight Black