Basement Remodeling By H&H

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I purchased an oval shaped vanity with marble top and bought new fixtures. It’s in a Victorian style, which you’ll see throughout my home. I also purchased a decorative wall cabinet that ties in well with the vanity and bought a custom oval shaped mirror for over the sink. I painted the walls a shade of burgundy. I added a burgundy shower curtain and offset it with decorative champagne colored tie-back curtains. For the window, I bought a topper that has burgundy, champagne and hunter green running through it.

First, let me say that I think Mr German is an excellent teacher, especially for idiot novices like myself. I’ve had difficulty with other DIY books assuming a certain vocabulary. German provides an excellent intro to DIY in framing, carpentry, plumbing, electrical etc. I now feel I can start reading more advanced DIY books on each of these topics.

One coat of Acid Stain is all that is usually needed. You may feel that you want to go back over the area and spray a little more in some areas. Acid Stain can be applied at a rate of 1 part water to 1 part stain. The coverage rate will be 300-350 square feet per gallon when diluted (two gallons). When applicable after you have tested the stains in an inconspicuous area, you may choose to dilute the stains more to achieve a slightly lighter color.

When it’s finished, stained concrete looks a little like marble, but more mottled and varegated and less uniform. It’s possible to make your own tint stain by mixing colors, or applying at dissimilar rates. When you stain a concrete floor, though, don’t expect the stain to be uniform or have an even tone. Plan your room décor and color scheme accordingly, because you’ll get dissimilar reactions from different areas of the concrete, and even a seasoned pro will be hard pressed to predict what the final result will be.

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