Craft Room Before....Yikes!! This was a great space just for me and maybe 1 or 2 kids, I wanted to accommodate lots of friends at the same time! Changes need to be made....
For prep, you must remove all nails and tackboard. Second, wash floor with degreaser and rinse, I use TSP. Then patch all the holes from carpet with concrete patch and let cure. Sand any rough patches. Make sure to really smooth out any rough surfaces....they will show!! There is one spot that didn't get done right away so had hubby patch quick and being impatient did not sand all the way down and you can totally see the spot! GRRRRR. Oh well, lesson learned.
Craft Then you have to etch, this is very important so product will adhere to concrete. You can use pre made etch, home depot or lowes has one. We just used Muriatic Acid from the pool cuz it's cheap and we already had it. :) He mixed probably about 10 parts to one. Be careful, this is wicked stuff!!
Now comes the fun part!! I used a piece of trim that was about the size I wanted for the planks and did a random pattern starting from one corner and went back and forth with my pattern. I used black sharpie and just traced the board. Buy a big pack of sharpies!! I went through about 7 I think.
You will need a Wood grain set, found at Sherwin Williams, and I used a strie brush to soften the lines. I worked with about 3 or 4 planks at a time. I highly recommend doing a practice run on a piece of cardboard or poster board to get the look you want.
First step: Brush on lightest color all over planks you are working with and rub it in with a rag lightly misted with water. You don't want it wet, just a light spray. Work the color in and then take other 2 colors and do random streaks of each over the top of first color. Now take your wood grain tool and starting at one end of plank, drag through your glaze rocking back and forth until you get the grain you want. Now take your strie tool and soften lines a bit. Finally take the hand scraping tool (if you want a distressed look) and drag through randomly to achieve final look. Continue working back and forth from one end of room to the other. Make sure to end each plank so that you are not overlapping glaze, you don't want it to get muddy looking. Have a second damp rag handy to wipe down wood grain tool every couple sections.
Etching compound or acid
Faux Finishing tools