Gaylord Residence II

 Finished Basement Concrete Floor After Cleaning In Prep For Acid-Staining
 Acid-Stained Finished Basement Concrete Floor With Colored Border

This is the middle, "recreation" room of a 2,300 square foot residential finished basement.  The cleaned concrete floor (above left) was acid-stained after scoring an 18" wall border around the perimeter of the room, the main stairway, and the 2 adjacent hallways, and offset rectangular tiles in the middle of the room (above right). 

 Finished Basement Concrete Floor Hallway After Cleaning Before Acid-Staining
 Acid-Stained Finished Basement Concrete Floor Hallway With Colored Border

We had to aggressively sand the floor beforehand to remove extensive paint spattering, which had given the concrete a "white" appearance (photos above left and below left).  This sanding, instead of the traditional "detergent scrubbing", helped create a fantastic mottling effect from the stain that enhanced the slate-like appearance of the rectangular tiles. 

 Finished Basement Concrete Floor After Cleaning, Before Acid-Staining
 Acid-Stained Finished Basement Concrete Floor With Colored Border And Saw-Cut Design Pattern

The colors used for the tiles and border were "Weathered Bronze" and "Padre Brown", from Scofield.