White Lake Residence

 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Epoxy Sealer
 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Epoxy Sealer

Have you ever heard the old adage about "making a silk purse out of a sow's ear"?  That is essentially what we did on this acid-stained basement concrete flooring project.  Above are two photos of the finished appearance of the 800-foot floor.

 Unfinished Basement Concrete Floor With Drywall Dust Before Cleaning
 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Epoxy Sealer

The next two photos show before and after.  From this perspective, the beginning floor doesn't look too bad - it's just covered in drywall dust.  The rectangle under the stairs is where the stack of drywall sat prior to installation.

 Rough-Troweled, Poorly Finished Basement Concrete Floor After Cleaning
 Rough-Troweled, Poorly Finished Basement Concrete Floor After Cleaning

But the following two photos show a different perspective.  It's the bare concrete after being cleaned.  We refer to the floor as "a sow's ear" because of the rough, poor finish by the cement contractor.  You can see all of the trowel marks.  Not many basement floors are this badly finished.

 Basement Concrete Floor With Cracks Damp After Cleaning Prior To Acid-Staining
 Rough-Troweled, Poorly Finished Basement Concrete Floor After Cleaning

From the other direction, it's even worse.  The dark meandering lines all over the place indicate cracks in the floor.  The cracks appear darker because they are still damp from cleaning.  And more rough concrete.  Would you pay your contractor for a basement floor like this?

 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Epoxy Sealer
 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Sealer

Yet, with meticulous cleaning methods, drawing on our extensive experience, and employing advanced staining techniques, using Moss-colored stain and water-based clear epoxy from Brickform, we were still able to turn the above concrete into this "silk purse".

 Rough-Troweled Basement Concrete Floor Cleaned Before Acid-Staining
 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Epoxy Sealer Looking Out Doorwall

We couldn't make the permanent trowel marks disappear (see above and below right), but the marks now only show up when looking across the floor in bright daylight.  We added several more coats of Spartan floor finish in an effort to blend them in. 

 Rough-Troweled, Poorly Finished Basement Concrete Floor After Cleaning And Before Acid-Staining
 Yellow-Gold Acid-Stained Basement Concrete Floor With Clear Epoxy Sealer

The homeowners were happy, and objective parties - the manufacturer, Brickform, and a national trade association, the Decorative Concrete Council - evaluated this floor as "above average in appearance and gloss".  In others words:  "a silk purse out of a sow's ear".