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Installing a Concrete Floor

An acid-etched concrete floor can be messy. These steps will take you through the installation process, from preparing the subfloor to staining the floor of a kitchen.

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    Hard

Adding texture and color to a kitchen can be done by installing a concrete floor. The experts demonstrate how to properly prepare a subfloor for a concrete overlay, how to mix the ingredients for each level of finish, how to find the right tools to achieve the desired texture and how to stain the floor safely and with even color.

Add texture and color to a kitchen by installing an acid-etched concrete floor:

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    Two Days

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    $1,000 - $2,500

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    Hard

How to Install a Base for a Concrete Floor

Concrete can be an interesting design statement for kitchen floors. New concrete-based products allow DIYers to create custom looks to suit their tastes.

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    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

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    Moderate to Hard

How to Install a Skim Coat for a Concrete Floor

Adding a skim coat is important because it will strengthen the floor, and when colored, acts as a primer coat for the second hand-trowelled coat of finish.

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    Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

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    Moderate

How to Add Acid Stain to a Concrete Floor

Applying acid stain to a concrete floor can add dramatic marbling and give a depth of color not available in any other type of floor. These step-by-step instructions show DIYers how to obtain great results.

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