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Concrete Basement Floor Staining Ideas

If you’re looking to add value to your home with a finished basement floor, staining the concrete floor that’s already there is the most affordable option. A stained floor offers the lowest cost and highest return of any basement flooring option.

Here are a couple of our favorite stained basement floor photos submitted by DIYers like you!

1. Modern Basement Floor Makeover

This modern looking charcoal stained basement floor was submitted by Brad Allen (Dec ’20 –  DIY Contest $250 Cash Winner). Brad shared some tips below to help you achieve this professional look.

Stained Concrete Basement Floor
Floor after 2 coats of Colored Sealer and Wax
Smooth Concrete Floor After Hard Troweled Pre-Treatment
Concrete Bathroom Floor After Hard Troweled Pre-treatment Brad
Bath After 2 coats of Colored Sealer and wax
ProClean Degreaser
ProClean Degreaser
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Charcoal AcquaTint Swatch
AcquaTint Charcoal
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

What was the approximate size of your project?

600 square feet.

How long did your project take to complete?

26 hours total.

  • It took two people eight hours each to clean and apply hard-troweled pre-treatment and rinse off using a wet vac.
  • Rinsed floor twice after hard troweled pre-treatment to make sure no residue was left behind.
  • Let the floor dry overnight with the heat on in the basement before proceeding.
  • Prior to applying AcquaTint, went back over the floor lightly sanding a handful of areas where sneaker prints from the hard-troweled pre-treatment showed up.

Tip – Don’t step in the area where hard-troweled pre-treatment has sat for 20 minutes (which is pretty dry in most areas at that point) prior to rinsing. If you do, your sneaker prints will lightly etch themselves into the floor while rinsing! These areas will require sanding – and we had a few. An hour (x 2 people) was spent lightly sanding a handful of sneaker prints and vacuuming up all the dust.

  •  It took about three hours of labor (two people and 1 1/2 hours each) to apply each coat of sealer.
  • Giving the floor two days to dry after the second coat of sealer brings us to Day 5 where the wax was applied in the morning and again in the late afternoon.
  • It only takes about one hour to apply a coat of wax over 600 square feet. Only one person is needed for wax.

What products did you use to complete your project?

  • 5 gal. Charcoal AcquaTint Stain
  • 5 gal. Residential Concrete Floor Wax
  • 5 gal. CitrusEtch Concrete Etcher
  • 1 qt. Cleaner & Degreaser
  • 9″ roller
  • Scrub brush

We would love to hear any personal tips about your project that may help another Direct Colors customer do one of their own:

  • Tip  – Only put a small amount into your tray and always wet the roller by rolling it in the bottom of the tray to continue to mix what is in the tray. The pigment settles out pretty quick but is manageable.
  • Tip  – Apply some pressure to the roller before moving it from the tray to the floor so you are not dripping material from the roller.
  • Tip  – Always stir before adding more sealer to the tray.
  • Tip  – I would suggest pouring your entire amount of sealer into a pail before you start because it is easy to stir the contents in the pail.
  • Tip  – Use a coffee can or smaller container to transfer well-mixed colored sealer into your tray.
  • Tip  – Work in small sections at a time (6′ x 4′).
  • Tip  – Move quickly but don’t freak out over lap marks. You will get them, but rolling over them a second or third time as you work the small section helps. Then the next coat rolls in the opposite direction which further helps them blend in.
  • Tip  – Back-roll the final roll before you move on to the next section.

2. White Basement Floor

This beautiful white stained basement floor is a customer favorite. This look can be achieved on a budget by using our Vibrance™ Concrete Dye in white or if you do not want to work with acetone, you can also achieve the same look using our water based stain ColorWave™ in white.

Thin Layer of Smooth White Concrete Overlay
Thin Layer of Smooth White Concrete Overlay
White Concrete Stained Basement Flooring
Stained with White Concrete Dye
Smooth White Concrete Overlay
Smooth White Concrete Overlay
White Vibrance Dye Color Swatch
Vibrance Dye White
White ColorWave Concrete Stain Color Swatch
ColorWave White
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

What was the approximate size of your project?

500 square feet.

What products did you use to complete your project?

3. Black Acid Stain For The Win

A good acid stained concrete floor gives a room that cool modern industrial vibe everyone is going for.  Check out this mottled black stained basement floor done using EverStain™ Black Acid Stain .

When using black acid stain, take into account that the composition of the concrete slab may alter the final color. A black acid stain may develop with a more “brownish” tint. If that is the case, no worries, the color can be corrected by replacing the clear top coat sealer with AcquaTint™ charcoal colored sealer.

Carpeted Basement
Before
Stained Black Acid Stained Concrete Floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Black EverStain Swatch
EverStain Black
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

4. French Country Farmhouse Style

Desert Amber and Coffee Brown acid stained concrete floors are very popular! This color combination gives a room a casual industrial farm vibe that can easily incorporate rustic elements, such as a reclaimed wood wall feature and sliding barn doors.

When using acid stain, take into account that the composition of the concrete slab may alter the final color.

For the complete project, click here.

Concrete Basement Floor
Before
Waxed Coffee Brown & Desert Amber Acid Stains
Waxed acid stained concrete floor
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
CitrusEtch™ concrete etcher
Desert Amber EverStain Acid Stain
EverStain Desert Amber
Coffee Brown EverStain Swatch
EverStain Coffee Brown
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss

5. Turquoise Concrete Floors

Concrete Basement Floor
Before
Blue Acid Stained Concrete Basement Floor
Azure Blue Acid Stained Basement Floor
Azure Blue EverStain Swatch
EverStain Azure Blue
AcquaSeal Gloss
AcquaSeal Gloss
ProWax Polish
ProWax™ Polish Gloss
Cat on acid stained concrete floors

How to Layer Two or More Stain Colors

Here are a few things to keep in mind when layering concrete stain colors for a basement application.

Before and After Colored Sealer Concrete Floor

Staining Interior Concrete With Colored Sealers

 Water-based colored sealers are low odor which makes them a great choice for interior applications.