Mask or Embrace the Lumps & Bumps?

I’ve come to terms with the fact that the concrete floors in the basement just are what they are.

And what they are is lumpy & uneven.

Long ago I made peace with the fact that I won’t ever have flat floors on which I could install pretty hardwood floors but it’s been a long journey.

lumpy floor

Paint is my solution of choice and I thought that a mottled finish would help mask some of the lumps & bumps.

mottled floor

It masks them. But I don’t think like it.

I think the solid color looks brighter & cleaner.

Also, it’s faster to do.

solid in front, mottled in back

Worth the trouble? Or go solid?

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19 Responses to Mask or Embrace the Lumps & Bumps?

  1. Melissa says:

    Go solid, looks much better…….

  2. jessica says:

    I think you should go with solid…it does look crisper, and since its the quicker option =)

  3. Sacha says:

    I think it depends on what kind of overall *look* you want. The solid would lend itself well to something more traditional for a floor. The mottled keeps the look of concrete, which might be better more modern or streamlined decor. If the color is as gold as it looks in the photo, though, then the solid is better because the mottled has that Tuscan look (that I don’t think will stand the test of time).

    Lumpy floors are part of the charm of an old house’s basement. Don’t sweat them.

  4. ew32766 says:


  5. Solid. =) It’s look good!

  6. JJ says:

    Solid looks great; you could add some funky smaller rugs later, or strategically place storage solutions over cement ‘seams’ to cover the bumpy bits and add more character.

  7. Deb says:

    Solid, Definitely the solid 🙂

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  9. annie says:

    Definitely solid!

  10. risa j says:

    Go solid!!

  11. Have you considered staining or floating them?

    If no to both of those, than I vote solid.


  12. Beach Bungalow says:

    I think the solid colour looks great. An area rug here and there and it will look really cozy.


  13. Solid. It just looks cleaner. Plus it saves you time!

  14. peg says:

    Not sure if you’re up for it but, check out sanding the rough spots. There are machines that you can rent that are made specifically for sanding concrete floors. Once they’re smoothed out the solid color will
    be beautiful. I so enjoy reading your progress. Keep up the good work!

  15. Julia says:

    Back to the self-leveler thing again, you could do it if you want the floors level. Now would be the time before you get furniture in there! We used it in our small 1/2 bath and it wasn’t too bad. I’d recommend renting an electric drill though, to mix.

    But if you keep as is, my vote is paint solid.

    • I thought long & hard about using self leveler. Unfortunately, the floor is just too uneven for me to tackle right now. The ENTIRE basement would need to be self leveled. Doable? Yes. Right now? No. But definitely a project to keep in mind a couple years down the road.

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