CONCRETE FLOOR COATING WITH RUST-OLEUM ROCKSOLID Flooring

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

The floor in our garage was a disaster when we purchased our house but with Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid products, we were able to repair and apply a beautiful garage floor coating.

Make your garage floors beautiful and easy to clean with this comprehensive tutorial with video showing how to repair a concrete slap and apply the Rust-Oleum RockSolid Garage Floor Coating.

Where is the last place you would want to prance around barefoot in your home? Probably the garage, right? If your garage floor is anything like ours was, it’s just plain gross. It was dirty and there was sawdust everywhere because of all woodworking projects.

It was a beast to clean because we had these huge craters in the middle of the garage due to past foundation work on our home. The large holes collected debris and threatened a sprained ankle. It was a mess.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

We spend quite a bit of time in our garage using it as a shop for our DIY projects so we really want to transform the space into a place that is inviting and inspiring and a snazzy garage floor coating was just what we needed to revive our old nasty concrete floor.

Rust-Oleum was nice enough to send over their RockSolid garage floor coating kit for us to try out. After repairing the concrete floor (see ya later crater) and applying the concrete floor coating, we were impressed and happy with the results! If your floor is as bad as ours, it will be time consuming and require labor but the products make the process easy and uncomplicated.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

The metallic finish is mesmerizing and worth the work because not only does the garage floor coating make the garage look beautiful it makes it ridiculously easy to keep clean. Now I feel 100% comfortable dancing around on this beautiful floor barefoot.

How We Applied Our Garage Floor Coating

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I’ll hand it over to Brent now to explain the floor coating process because I got out of all the work on this project. I had my own labor intensive project – taking care of a newborn! Since it was a two person job my dad was nice enough to sub in for me and give Brent a helping hand. Yes, the other person in the video is my dad, not me. Pregnancy changed my body but not THAT much.

Part 1: Repairing the Concrete Slab

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

1. Before applying any of the garage floor coating products there were a few large craters that needed to be filled with concrete. We used a mallet and masonry chisel to square the edges of the craters to be 1/2″ deep. This allowed the edges of the concrete patch to be applied thick and avoid chipping.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

2. We followed the instructions on the concrete patcher product. To mix it up we added water to the powder mix. The concrete mixed to a thicker consistency than I expected.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

3. Using a spray bottle, we wet each crater so the concrete patcher would adhere to it. After filling each hole, we used a finishing trowel to smooth the surface.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

4. To level the slab, we rented a concrete grinder from a home improvement store. We started grinding down all the high spots. This also revealed the cracks around the foundation repair that needed to be patched before applying the concrete floor coating.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

5. After leveling the entire floor surface, we sealed the floor with Rust-Oleum’s RockSolid Moisture Stop. The moisture stop product created a barrier within the concrete by filling the pours within the slab.

Once the entire slab was saturated, I misted the surface with water to keep it wet for 45 minutes. After the floor dried, I rinsed it with water and scrubbed it to remove any efflorescence from the surface.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

6. The floor took about two days to dry out before we repaired any of the cracks and small divots with Rust-Oleum’s Fast Patch product. We mixed equal parts A and B of the fast patch mix and spread it over the surface with a puddy knife. The divots deeper than 1/2″ took 2 applications.

Part 2: Applying Rust-Oleum RockSolid Floor Coating

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

Almost everything comes in the box to apply the RockSolid floor coating. The only additional supplies needed was the drill, paddle mixer, bucket, paint bush and roller.

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Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

7. After setting out all the bags of coating we checked that that there were no clumps and then started by mixing one bag. The two part product mixed in the bag by rolling side B into side A breaking the seam in the middle. We really like this feature because it allows the product to mix without introducing air. This allowed for a slightly longer working time.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

8. We shook/mixed the product in the bag for three minutes before cutting it open and pouring it into a bucket. Then, we used a paddle mixer and drill to mix the metallic tint into the clear coating.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

9. We used a paintbrush to apply the coating along the wall and rolled everything else. The application is definitely a two person job. Luckily, Courtney’s dad came over to help since Courtney was tied up with our two week old son. After spreading the product evenly using a M and W roll pattern, I came back with the roller and swirled the coating. We continued across the garage floor section by section mixing each kit as needed.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

10. Grinding the floor did open some large pin holes in the floor that created a few bubbles during the application process. We took a gamble and popped the bubbles. Luckily, all of the bubbles we popped leveled out and dried smooth.

Garage Floor Coating with Rust-Oleum ROCKSOLID

I am really impressed with the work Brent and my dad did on the garage floor. Once it had all dried and the garage was empty, I happily danced around barefoot to show my approval of a job well done. I know it isn’t safe to work in the garage without shoes, but at least I could if I wanted to now and not end up with layers of dirt stuck to my feet.

Thanks to the new garage floor coating and the dust collector Brent modified, our garage floor has never looked and felt so nice. You wouldn’t even know we create tons of messes in this space because now it is a breeze to clean and we actually want to keep it clean.

Nursery Floor Flooring

Nursery Flooring | Selection + Installation

Check out how we chose and installed our new nursery flooring and follow along as we share how we pulled up gross old carpet and replaced it with nice laminate flooring.

Nursery Flooring

Just a heads up, be prepared for tons of nursery project posts coming up soon as we furiously work to finish all the projects on our list for our nursery before the end of September.

It seemed like we had plenty of time to get the nursery together and now as I am entering into my eighth month of being pregnant, it feels as if time is speeding up and things are starting to get real. Our little Gray House intern will be here before we know it and we still have quite a few projects to get done.

Every time someone asks Brent if we are ready he always smiles and says, “Well, we have a crib and we will just pick up a few diapers on the way home from the hospital.” The typical reaction is one of panic for us which he gets great enjoyment out of teasing them and seeing their concerned faces.

While it is true, we don’t have any diapers yet and very few other baby supplies (don’t worry, we will get there soon I promise), our nursery does have brand new floors that turned out awesome so that is progress! Priorities, right?!

Nursery Flooring Video

In the video below we show how we removed the carpet, leveled the concrete slab, pulled up the baseboards and laid down the new laminate flooring to transform our nursery flooring.

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Nursery Floor Transformation

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We started our first project of replacing the nursery floors the first week of July but it was quite time consuming and labor intensive so it took about three weeks to complete which meant no other nursery projects could really take place during that time.

We have been wanting to replace the tan carpet and tan tile in our house FOR FOREVER. But due to the large amount of work or large amount of money it would take to pay someone else to do the work, we are waiting to go down that road at a later time.

However, I did not want to have old carpet in the nursery for cleanliness and design reasons so we decided that the nursery would be our test room for laying down new floors. In a perfect house we would just pull up the carpet and lay down the new flooring, easy peasy, right? Not in our house.

Nursery Flooring

The slab in our house is far from perfect so we had a few obstacles to get through along the way. This is one of those projects where you wish you could just snap your fingers and it be done immediately but all the hard work paid off because the nursery flooring turned out great and these new floors will make a huge difference in how the room turns out.

STEP 1: PULL UP OLD CARPET

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First things first we needed to pull up the old carpet. I’m not sure why but I get super nervous when it comes to pulling up the carpet because there is not turning back even though we had already purchased the laminate flooring so we had technically already committed.

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It’s always a nice gross surprise to find old stains that you have no idea what they are from because they were there before you moved in. Just another reason why we were super glad to say goodbye to the carpet in this room.

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Out with the old! Brent cut the carpet down the middle to create two rolls that would be easier to move out of the room. We timed it with trash day so the old carpet would be out of our way immediately. It was so nice to say goodbye to that old tan carpet. See ya never!

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We knew that the slab under the carpet was going to be uneven because we could feel a dip when we walked in the door but we had no idea exactly what was waiting for us under the carpet. After we pulled it up we were greeted by this monstrosity that would have to be leveled before we could lay the floors.

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The final step was to pull up all of the carpet tack strips which is time consuming, boring, and probably Brent’s least favorite aspect of working on the floor. We also swept the floor to get rid of remaining debris.

STEP 2: GRIND THE CONCRETE SLAB

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Once the carpet was out and gone, it was time to deal with the concrete slab underneath. The flooring in this room was far from level due to foundation work that was done before we moved into the house.

They didn’t exactly do a top notch job of making sure the concrete was level before they put the new flooring back down.

Which left a mess for us to try and repair because we wanted it to be as level as possible to make sure the new flooring we put down was as flat and would not feel like it was moving under your feet.

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The large, obvious spot in the front of the room was too low.

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There was also an area in the back of the room that was too high.

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Brent needed to grind down the concrete in the high spots. To do this he used an angle grinder with a diamond blade.

To try and keep the concrete dust to a minimum, he created his own DIY grinder vacuum attachment for under $5. Check out the video below to see how he made it.

Make a DIY Grinder Vacuum Attachment for Concrete Grinding

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As Brent went to work grinding the high spots of the concrete, his DIY grinder vacuum attachment worked perfectly. It suctioned to the ground eliminating the amount of dust floating around.

Nursery Flooring
However, while I watched him work through the doors I noticed that the room was getting foggier and foggier which meant the concrete dust was escaping.

Nursery Flooring
When he was done the room looked like this, exactly what we DIDN’T want to happen. Oops.

Nursery Flooring
It turns out that his DIY grinder vacuum attachment worked just fine. The problem was with the shop vacuum.

The filter got clogged which lead to all the dust getting stuck in the hose which meant everything that got sucked up was coming right back out once he lifted the grinder.

We learned to stop mid way and clean out the vacuum. Even though this step didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, Brent still did collect a large majority of the concrete dust. DIY-ing is all about trial and error.

STEP 3: LEVEL THE CONCRETE

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After the concrete was level in the back, it was time to tackle the low spot in the front. To do this we first rolled down an indoor primer. We used MAPEI White Indoor Primer.

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Next, we mixed up a bag of self-leveler. We choose to go with MAPEI Gray and Silver Indoor Leveler.

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We used a plastic cup to spread the leveler out over the low spots. But we both thought it looked REALLY thin and the consistency was watery.

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It was supposed to take 24 hours to level but it took about a day or two. And while it did even out pretty well considering how bad the concrete was in this area, it still needed a little more help.

Brent mixed up another batch and that is when he realized that he got the ratio of water to mix incorrect the first time because he misread quart for gallon. Ha. Oops.

It wasn’t a big deal but it should not look as thin as it does in the photos above. The second batch was the correct consistency and worked like a charm to get our concrete level and ready for the new nursery flooring.

We still waited a few more days to make sure it was completely dry.

STEP 4: REMOVE THE BASEBOARDS

Nursery Flooring
Nursery Flooring

We went back and forth on what to do with the baseboards. After watching some reassuring tutorials on YouTube, we decided that it would be easy enough to remove them in a way that we could reuse them.

Brent was able to remove all of our baseboards in perfect condition which meant we would save money by using our same baseboards and not have to add quarter round.

Nursery Flooring

While they were off from the wall, thanks to my dad’s help, we were able to give the baseboards a complete refresh. Brent sanded them down and my dad put a fresh coat of white paint on them making them look brand new once they went back up on the wall.

STEP 5: INSTALL THE NEW FLOORING

When it came time to choose the nursery flooring we decided to give laminate flooring a try. We wanted the look of real hardwood floors but for the price of well, laminate.

We did a lot of comparing and contrasting of different types and brands of laminate flooring.

Ultimately, we chose Select Surfaces Laminate Flooring in Brazilian Coffee*. What we like about this particular flooring is the color, texture, that the pieces click together for an easy install, and the thick padding underneath that helps prevent it from feeling hollow. Plus, the cost fit our budget.

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Finally, the day came to lay down our new flooring! First, we laid down a 6 mm flooring underlayment to act as a moisture barrier for the concrete subfloor. We overlapped each row by at least a foot.

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A huge thanks to my dad for coming to help with the nursery flooring. I feel bad when I can’t contribute to a project as much as I would like.

Being eight months pregnant and recently finding out I am anemic, my energy levels are pretty low these days so I am very grateful my dad stepped in and was able to assist Brent.

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The flooring when down really easily. The only thing they had to do was to cut the first and last piece of each row and then click it all together.

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They got in a rhythm and knocked out the whole room in one day, including having to run back across town and get one more package of flooring.

Another lesson we learned, always get one more package than suggested. This room was a little tricky because of the angles of the back wall.

STEP 6: PUT BACK BASEBOARDS

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After the baseboards were painted and dried, we used two inch finishing nails to secure the baseboards back to the wall studs.

Before & After

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Above is our nursery flooring transformation. We said goodbye to tan carpet and hello to dark laminate flooring. You may also have noticed that the back wall color changed as well.

After we pulled the carpet up but before we installed the floors, we took the opportunity to paint the accent wall with chalkboard paint.

Brent is working on an AMAZING chalk art mural for this wall so we will share more about this project soon.

Nursery Flooring

We are extremely pleased with our flooring choice and how everything came together. It was a lot of labor intensive work and required trial and error and patience but having new nursery flooring is definitely worth it.

I have a big fluffy rug that I plan on laying down in the middle of the room and our gray crib really pops against the floors.

This project was the largest nursery project on our list and having it done is a big accomplishment and step towards finishing the nursery. Having this step done will get the ball rolling faster on all of our other projects as well.

The only downside is now we want this flooring throughout the whole house. But that is another project for a much later day.

Choosing the Right Home Gym Floor mats Flooring

Choosing the Right Home Gym Floor Mats

Our process for choosing the right home gym floor mats was a bit of a bumpy road but in the end we found the right fit for our gym floor.

Home Gym Floor Mats

Hey, it’s Brent here today sharing how we chose our home gym floor mats. Have you ever stumbled across the perfect pin? You know the pin that gives you a fantastic idea guaranteeing to take your project to the next level. When the supplies are easy to source and the skills needed aren’t too advanced, Pinterest can inspire you to try something new.

Sure, in the back of our heads we all know “Pinterest Fails” are a real thing but we try and be optimistic and never think it will happen to us. As we began work on our home gym room makeover, we experienced our own “Pinterest Fail”. It wasn’t the messy kind of disaster that leaves you feeling empty on the inside but rather the kind that forces you to decide if you are willing to settle for something almost right or start over.

By now hopefully you have seen the plans for our home gym. This is our first total room makeover and at first it was hard to decide where to start. But after seeing a pin with the perfect solution for a gym floor we were exited to get to work.

How To Install Home Gym Floor Mats

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Home Gym Floor Mats
Home Gym Floor Mats

1. We woke up early to start tearing up the carpet. After the first rip of the carpet from the nail strips there was no turning back.

First Attempt at Installing Home Gym Floor Mats

Once the carpet was out, we took the advice from what we thought was a reliable source based on a pin on Pinterest and went to purchase our new flooring. We drove thirty miles to our nearest Tractor Supply store where we purchased brand new black rubber stall mats. Maybe you’re already seeing the red flags, but we thought the idea of stall mats in a home gym was just crazy enough to work. Plus, it was going to save quite a bit of money.

Home Gym Floor Mats

As we loaded them, a stranger in a cowboy hat asked us what we were doing with 15 stall mats but I’m sure what he actually meant was what is someone driving a Ford Focus doing trying to squeeze 15 large stall mats in the back. We were excited to inform him of our genius idea. By the expression on his face he was not as convinced as we were.

Home Gym Floor Mats

When we arrived home I started placing the mats on the floor and cutting them to size as Courtney unloaded the mats from the car.

Our main concern was if we would be able to cut the mats but that part turned out to be easy. After scoring the mat with a straight edge, I simply folded the mat over and continued cutting along the previous mark until I cut all the way through the mat.

Home Gym Floor Mats

The first row went down great but once we started placing the second row we noticed a thickness and size variation from mat to mat. This size variation resulted in gaps between the mats and ridges where a thicker mat lined up to a thinner mat.

We were really torn on what to do in this scenario. The black mats looked and felt great in the room but the small gaps just made it feel slightly off and not clean or professional. After sleeping on it, reading the Tractor Supply return policy, and admitting we are in fact not smarter than a fifth grader we returned the uncut mats to the store. Luckily we had only cut through three.

Second Attempt at Installing Home Gym Floor Mats

We decided to do a little more research and concluded that our original idea of gym foam tiles would look the best, be a breeze to install and actually cost a little less than the black stall mats.

Home Gym Floor Mats

One of the reasons we went with the black mats to begin with is because we thought it would be cheaper but we found we were able to get 10 packs of four of the gray foam mats for less than we had spent on the others and these would work really well as our home gym floor mats.

Home Gym Floor Mats

2. We installed the foam squares starting in one corner of the room and worked our way around the room cutting the last piece of each row to size with a straight edge and box cutter.

Home Gym Floor Mats

3. The tiles come in packs of four and we quickly noticed that each pack is a slightly different shade of gray. Varying colors weren’t as noticeable or as big of a deal as varying thicknesses. We were able to mix the tiles all together to avoid large areas of the same shade of gray to make it look intentional and are happy with the results of our home gym floor mats.

Home Gym Floor Mats

It is exhausting to change gears mid-project and have to start over with a new idea and it may be a blow to your pride to admit defeat but we always try and keep the picture of what we want to the finished room to look like in mind to keep us from settling even when things get hard.

That way when you reach the intended final result, the sense of accomplishment is even more gratifying. It is said that comedy is tragedy plus time and we certainly like to laugh so I guess it is all worth it.