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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

We love our stained concrete floors, and they seem to be the envy of almost everyone who comes over.

Over the 18 months or so that we’ve lived in the guesthouse though, the floors have worn a bit. The finish coat is wearing thin in spots, and under my office chair, even the stain seemed to have worn off. (We thought is was permanent.)

In researching this, we found out that the finish we used (Polysoy) is no longer the recommended finish. Now there is a new permeating finish Acrisoy. However, Acrisoy can only be used on freshly stained concrete, never over another finish.

But there is also a new coating called Ecofloorz, so we decided to try that.

The spot under the chair really looked bad, pretty much like raw gray concrete, so we decided to try restaining it again with Soycrete first. The results were nothing short of miraculous. The stain took great, and now you can’t even see where the worn spot was.

We are very happy with the new finish with Ecofloorz as well. It’s glossier than the old finish, but not too much so. I’m sure it will wear much better.

Love the room layout!

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Putting up the interior walls in Tumbleweed has been great. Not only do I really like the work, but the rooms are looking great! I was worried that as we put up walls, the rooms would look small.  (You know, like how when you see an empty house, everything looks spacious, but then you put furniture in and it suddenly seems claustrophobic.) These rooms really look fantastic. It’s fun to think about where things like cabinets and furniture will go. And it actually seems like it might happen in a foreseeable timeframe now.

Here’s how it’s looking.


Saturday, February 14th, 2009

We are planning to do the floors in our new houses as acid washed concrete. I was worrying a little about the environmental aspects of the acid wash. (I’m much more sensitive to what we throw in the trash, down the drain, and on the ground here.) Then we found SoyCrete — an environmentally-sound alternative. We also talked to someone about doing it, and she said it’s really easy. We probably won’t even have to etch the concrete on the existing slab. Now we just have to pick a color.