Monday, September 27, 2010

concrete dreaming

Some girls fantasies about diamonds and jet setting the world.  I dream of new floors.  Well and let's get real here I'm not going to turn down a diamond bracelet or trip to Paris. Ha!

But seriously, I'm really done with the carpet thing.  I'm tired of the vacuuming and then a few years ago I got a carpet cleaner that has helped (despite the hard work), but I'm just done with it in the main areas of a house.  I've mentioned prior that we're getting our house ready to put on the market and shopping around as well.  I've totally fallen for some houses that have the stained concrete!  Y'all it's bananas!  At first I thought it would be too industrial, but it's proved me wrong and is rather warm and inviting.  I love the look, how easy it is to clean and not to mention the low dollar signs.  Plus it's green, which I'm thinking may help make up for my rather large water bottle consumption.

And just look at the gorgeous!  I really like the idea of it with white cabinets.

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Hubs is a little more hesitant, I think he envisions having to put pug and any future kids in a protective helmet when playing around the house.  Does anyone have stained concrete in your homes?  Curious to here you're thoughts.  Oh, I should add that I know this would be a little impractical to put in a home up north with the winters, but down here I think we'd spend half our summer just laying on it to cool off.

What improvements would you like to make to your home?


Anonymous said...

I love this look. I've see it on remodel shows a few times, but I would love to have it in my house. The colors are so rich!

Lauren said...

I’ve been in a home with stained concrete flooring and it is beautiful…. I LOVE it in those pictures you shared!!!

Elise said...

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Heather said...

I LOVE IT! We need to redo our floors and were thinking of doing the laminate hardwood floors but this would be an incredible idea and fit in our budget ... how do we find someone to do it?

Happiness Is... said...

I love that look. We have zero carpet in our house right now and I LOVE it - so much easier to clean. I don't think concrete has to be cold necessarily...warms up easily with rugs!

kelley @ the eclectic owl said...

The second picture is exactly what my mom's living room and sun room floors look like! I say go for it! It really does look great and my mom is always getting people complimenting them. It was inexpensive and got the carpet out of her house. Just keep nudging the hubs ;)

In this wonderful life... said...

we've thought about ripping up our tile and staining our concrete. I have friends who have done it and love it!