Concrete That Looks Like Wood Floors

More and more of our customers are creating floors with a faux wood grain concrete finish! While this technique does take some skill to pull off, it can be done with the right products, tools, and how to info!

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Faux Wood Concrete Floor

Can You Make Concrete Look Like Wood Floors?

Yes! With some patience, basic technique, and Concrete Overlay, you can create a faux wood finish on any concrete surface.

How Much Do Faux Wood Finished Concrete Floors Cost?

The cost for a DIY faux wood concrete floor design is about $2 – 4 per square foot. If you were to hire a professional contractor, you can expect the cost to be about $8 – 10 per square foot.

How to Make Concrete Look Like Wood Floors

STEP 1: Clean the Concrete Surface

First, clean the floor with a light ProClean concrete cleaner and degreaser solution. Then, thoroughly scrub and rinse all residues from the surface and allow the floor to dry.

STEP 2: Mix Concrete Overlay

  • Pour one gallon of water into a five-gallon pail first.
  • Slowly pour the contents of a 50-pound box of overlay into the bucket while mixing continuously with a drill mixer.
  • For best results, use a birdcage, high-shear paddle for bucket mixing.
  • Thoroughly combine the water and overlay to insure the dry polymer is saturated and properly dispersed.
  • For a thicker consistency, use less water.
  • To thin the overlay during the application, add water as needed up to a maximum of one additional gallon.
  • If using colored concrete pigment, water should be kept uniform for every box of overlay to avoid color discrepancies.
  • The pot life for the overlay is approximately 45 minutes. Extend the life by 15 minutes by using ice-cold rather than room-temperature water.
  • Ambient temperature will also affect pot life length with cooler temperatures marginally extending and hotter shortening the expected pot life.

Add up to one gallon of additional water per box of smooth concrete overlay until the mixture resembles a thin pancake batter suitable for spraying at 25 psi.

STEP 3: Apply Concrete Overlay

  1. Select Textured Concrete Overlay as a base coat for stenciling.
  2. Follow the mixing instructions for spraying overlay.
  3. Spray from a flat-work texture gun at 25 psi.
  4. Hold the sprayer at least six inches from the surface during application to minimize rebound.
  5. Mix one box at a time as needed.
  6. Allow drying for six hours before applying the stencil.
  7. Affix the stencil and then carefully spray the top or color smooth texture overlay coat in the same manner.
  8. Pull the stencil after 10 minutes of drying time.
  1. Select Textured Concrete Overlay for stamping and apply at ¼ inch depth.
  2. Choose stamps or texture mats intended for use with overlay.
  3. Add one gallon of water per 50-pound box. Use ice water if stamping in hotter temperatures.
  4. Use a gauge rake set to the desired depth on the surface.
  5. Follow with a squeegee trowel to smooth out any rake marks or other imperfections.
  6. Allow drying until the surface can be depressed without sticking.
  7. Apply Concrete Liquid Release Agent to the stamps, tools, and overlay to prevent sticking.
  8. Depending on the size of the job and the mats, use at least three stamps or texture mats along with one floppy for any project up to 100 square feet.
  9. For 100-1500 square feet projects, use a set of five stamps or mats and floppy.
  10. Time is limited so make the choice according to crew size and ability.
  11. Assuming 75F and a 100 square feet project, allow for twenty minutes of stamping time – slightly more time if colder or less time in hotter temperatures.
  12. If stamping a larger area, one person should be mixing overlay continually while others are applying and stamping.
  13. If the work cannot be completed at one time, do not stop applying in the middle of a section or floor.
  14. End at logical separation, such as an expansion joint, for the best overall finished appearance.

STEP 4: Create Faux Wood Grain

  • Create “wood like” texture by brushing the wet overlay in a continuous manner with a broom.
  • Approximate working time for overlay once applied is about 10 – 12 minutes so make sure you work in sections.

Ambient and surface temperature will affect working time with cooler temperatures marginally extending and hotter shortening the expected working time.

Do not attempt to apply Concrete Overlay to surfaces below 40F or above 85F. Hot temperatures can be controlled by moistening the surface with water prior to application

STEP 5: Apply Concrete Stain

  • Apply the Antiquing™ or ColorWave® concrete stain colors you chose or mix various brown tone stains and spray them onto the wet overlay.
  • Darken random sections with EasyTint colored concrete sealer to provide more excellent color contrast across the floor.
  • Watch the video below for even more detailed instructions on applying the stain.
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