We had a flood last year and had to rip out all of the carpet in the 500 square foot kitchen. We have debated on what to put down in it's place but have decided that painting or staining the concrete slab might be the best way to go. There are some cracks and some ridges maybe from the carpet glue but we fely that might lend the floor some character and keep it from being slippery. What steps do we need to take to stain or paint this slab and do you think this is a good way to go with a concrete slab in a kitchen this size?
Kimbo, we address this question on our radio show from time to time. Staining concrete is an excellent option, and if it fits in with the style you’d like to create, there is is no reason not to stain it. BUT I would highly recommend that you make sure it’s completely clean and even. Those ridges from the carpet glue are going to prevent the staining process from going smoothly – pun intended! Listen here for more advice: http://www.moneypit.com/audio-q-a/how-stain-concrete-floor
It might seem like to lot of work and elbow grease, but getting that surface clean, even and free of debris will really make a huge difference in your final product.