What do I do with a concrete floor? I had to pull up nasty carpet and discovered a concrete slab--?

I had to pull up the carpet because we have an old dog with kidney issues (that's a whole other question!!), Anyway--our house is on a concrete slab and so my dining room floor is now a garage floor. What can I do to at least make it fairly presentable until I can really finish it (i.e. tile, wood, ceramic). I've thought about painting it--just so it's not obviously concrete--so how do I do it and what prep work needs to be done?? I know people are thinking this and "No--putting the dog down is NOT an option!"

Asked By: fallingstar - 2/10/2007
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As an American, I'm used to living a life where you move into a house and find either wood, tile or carpeted floors. We moved to the Netherlands over a year ago and quickly discovered that cement floors are just how it is here. When a person moves in, the entire house is bare walls, floors and everything in between... More
Answered By: lrb081 - 2/10/2007
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you can stain and wax the concrete for a modern look it can really turn out beautiful!
Answered By: ken m - 2/10/2007
Wash floor with good cleaner,Use a good concrete stain and sealer after floor is dry, Ask paint dealer what is the best for your area.
Answered By: tony c - 2/10/2007
There is this neat stuff that you can spray onto concrete that makes it look contemporary and fresh. It has little specks of color in it that you can coordinate to match your decor. It is often used in industrial or commerical businesses. The best thing to do is search online for concrete floor finishes.
Answered By: kms40719 - 2/10/2007
Look into concrete stain, yes it can be stained like wood ( not the same finish at all, just a term ). Add an inexpensive area rug or two as required. The concrete staining procedure has been used in many condominium projects recently, Have seen a few that were stunning, due to the surrounding decor of course.
Answered By: plc 7 - 2/10/2007
Walmart to the rescue !! Buy cheap rugs.
Answered By: John M - 2/10/2007
Go to your local hardware store (Lowe's or Home Depot) and ask about concrete stain or paint and how to seal it. They should show you what products will go down and then how to make it stay down. I used concrete paint on a grey slab in our home and got really creative. I painted old faux bricks. First, I picked out... More
Answered By: abby - 2/10/2007
I went through the same thing. We moved into a "fixer" and the carpet was beyond disgusting. I had very little money in the budget to replace it. The subfloor was not pretty enough to stain or paint without a ton of work. It isn't really smooth. I pondered my options and calculated the costs. We chose to lay some... More
Answered By: bellaandfroggy - 2/11/2007
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