Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Really really REALLY Cool Flooring Idea

A few weeks ago my family and I rented a house for a few nights down in Olympia, Washington so we could have a fun stay-cation with my in-laws who were visiting and my brother and sister-in-law, who live about and hour and a half away.  My husband grew up in Olympia, and we love the small capitol city vibe there.  We found the house (on a great discount since it was the off-season) here.

The house had a beautiful view of the Puget Sound, and would have had a beautiful view of Mt. Ranier (if it hadn't rained all weekend-doh!).

It also had very interesting, gorgeous flooring in the kitchen and great room.

Isn't that cool?  My sister-in-law and I spent some time trying to figure out what it was made of, and I finally caved and just called the owner of the property.  She said that it was an epoxy cement that was troweled right over the sub-floor (including the tile that was already on the floor in the kitchen!).  Then she had a local artist paint it.  She said that she told him that she wanted it to look like the ocean and a sandy beach.  This is what he came up with.  



On a practical note, she said it was followed with 4-5 coats of sealer.  Being a beach house and a rental, it has seen lots and lots of traffic (the owner says it hosts several weddings a summer).  It has been in place for seven years, and she is only now thinking it might be time for a recoat.

The downside is the cost--she said they paid $12 a square foot.  Yikes.  That's at least 3 times what I want to pay for flooring.  And no, I didn't ask how much she paid outright--I have some manners, after all.  I did discreetly ask how the process compared in cost to other flooring options like tile and hardwood...then she dished up the details :).

Maybe I'm crazy, but this looks like a floor I could do myself. The cement is pretty smooth, but has some texture (i.e. you don't have to be a perfect cement person).  Plus, there is no wrong way to paint the floor--it would probably be pretty fun.  And I really love it.  It is so versatile and unusual and organic-looking.  The big question is: am I brave enough to pour cement on the floor and just go for it?  Still mulling that one over...


  1. Nike@ChooseToThriveDecember 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Totally smitten. I hate our carpet with a hot, burning passion. I keep telling Ben that I'm going to rip it all out one day even if it means we have exposed plywood floors for a year. So, so pretty.

  2. I know how you feel about carpet. All of ours upstairs is thrashed, and I keep wondering whether I just wait for what--like 10 years?-- until our youngest is old enough to not completely ruin it and then finally replace it. That's a looooong time, though. I really do love this floor, and I actually thought of you (well, after I thought of me :) ) when I saw it. Have you decided what kind of flooring to put in your kitchen yet?

  3. Very pretty and certainly unique. Maybe you could try to do it on a smaller surface first. That way, if it's not so fun/easy/whatever, you won't cry over having to figure out how to fix it. :)

  4. Hi Emily! Yeah, I think I would definitely want to test it out, first. Maybe in a closet :)? I don't know--I'm a little chicken to take the leap that would still exist even if I did some test runs first...


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