There's one corner of our house that hasn't really been touched since we moved in is a little office corner where Kyle has his desk. It's a mish-mosh of a beautiful old midcentury desk made of dark wood, a vintage tall wood file cabinet in light wood, a vintage industrial cart-shelf and a large red velvet desk chair. It's all vintage, but the pieces don't belong together at all. The worst of it is the desk chair. I like the lines, but that's about it. I'm not sure what I was thinking. Red is not a color anywhere in our house and it's too big to fit under the desk, so that is the first place I want to start when I tackle this mini makeover. Here are my picks for a new desk chair option. Which do you like? Think I'm leaning toward option 2, the wood is not a predominate detail, so it's not fighting the other pieces, and the white will lighten up the dark wood desk.
I have shared my plans, but haven't shared too much of my progress for the One Room Challenge. That is largely because it's been a lot of shuffling things around while I painted the walls. After returning from spending almost two weeks in Michigan with my family I fell pretty far behind, but this last week has been full steam ahead. In case you want to go back and check out my previous posts
And that leads me to today's topic, one of the biggest undertakings of my garage project was the floors. It was quite a process, but I am so happy with the end result. I partnered with Rust-oleum to use their Rocksolid Marble Floor Coating kit. I choose the lightest color they had "Mountain White." I love the results, but I did have a few hiccups along the way. Here's what you need and how I did it and the things I learned. This first photo is the after.
1. Cleaned and cleaned and cleaned some more. After clearing everything out, I swept several times. I mopped with soap and water twice, then I started the concrete etching kit.
2. Follow the instructions to mix the concrete etching solution with water. Use a scrub brush to scrub the floors. I actually did this twice too. They say to use a hose, but unfortunately my hose does not reach, so I scrubbed a few more times with plain water. Repeat this step until clean.
3. Let the floor dry completely
4. There are two Polycuramine Burst Pouches, each with two parts. Mix each pouch individually, then roll part A into part B and mix very well, do this for both sets.
5. pour one color into one side of the roller tray. Then pour the other color into the other side of the roller tray.
6. Use a paint brush to edge the room, blotting the colors together to get the marbled effect.
7. Use the provided roller to roll paint in M and W patterns, layering the colors, but not mixing them completely.
- A few things I learned: I was under somewhat of a time crunch for this project, had I had more time, I would have allowed additional time for the floor to dry. The floor had some bubbles after drying, not sure why, once I walked on the floor the bubbles popped and you can't see them anymore. You can see the photo below.
- I am not sure when the best time to do this project is. For me, it was early May and there is all kinds of spring crap falling from the trees. Some particles inevitably blew on to my tacky floors and made a mess.
- Be sure you start at the back point of the room to avoid boxing yourself in.
- As the instructions warn you, you'll need to work quickly, as the product hardens quickly.
Week one of the One Room Challenge is in the books. In case you missed last week's post, here is the link. I am embarking on turning our one car, garage, that currently looks like your basic garage, with messy, mis-matched storage, sporting equipment strewn about. My plan is to turn this place into a super functional studio space for large projects, with lots of great storage solutions.
Right now, it looks like a tornado hit it, as I've taken everything off the walls to start painting. So progress photos are not really exciting just yet. I have ambitious plans for this week, including painting the rest of the walls, hang the cabinets and start to install shelving and peg board on the back wall. I've been giving a lot of thought to how I want this space to function and spent a good chunk of time researching other people's beautiful studio spaces. Below are the blueprints for the key organization areas.
Once the shelving is up, I am thrilled to refinish the floors with Rust-oleum Rock Solid Garage floor refinishing kit. A HUGE thank you to Rust-oleum for sending!!