Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Red Glitter Floor

As part of our remodel, we decided to do the hallway floor in red glitter.  We wanted to have a red carpet look, as we decorate the hall with music posters.  It came out more like Dorothy's red glitter shoes.  Pretty, but not very manageable...  We'll discuss that later...  First, here is the how to! 

Step 1
Completely, and I mean completely, clean the concrete floor of anything that may be on it.  You want the concrete to be spotless and dry.  Lots of sweeping.  Be prepared.  :D

 Step 2
Using a garage floor coating kit, go around the edges first.  After you do the edges, you can go back and do the middle.  Make sure you do a thick coat.
 Waiting and advertising for the glitter company: My Monkey

 Step 3
Throw the glitter up in the air, allowing it to land as it may.  Don't spread it like chicken feed, it needs to spread out.  It will clump if you aren't careful.
 Here is a close up of the finished product.  Be patient, you'll get there!
 Step 4
Wait for the glitter to dry.  Give it at least 24 hours.  Sweep off the excess glitter.  There will be a LOT..

Step 5
 Go over the glitter with poly.  It will need lots of thick coats.  Each coat needs a minimum of 4-6 hours to dry before the next coat. 

The Finished Product:
 The finished product is very pretty, unfortunately after 5 coats of poly it is still rough.  It feels like sandpaper.  I have no idea how to fix it, or how to clean it.  We can sweep it but that doesn't do much good.  Especially since Chief Zoo Keeper decided he'd try to use a regular mop on it and the floor tore the mop to shreds!  Another warning you may like to heed, if you have a crack in your cement, it WILL show through the glitter...

So, if anyone of you have tried this or decide to do it and have some sort of tip I've missed, please let me know!  Until then, I shall enjoy my pretty yet rough floor!  I'm also working on figuring out how to clean it.....
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