Joe Bouchard of Las Vegas came to Seasons Inc., North Las Vegas, Nev., after a flood ruined his hardwood flooring. Floor A crew of three men spent two days in December 2008 removing the existing floor with impact hammers and whammy bars. The floor was then ground in order to remove the glue left from the wood and other floorings that had been there since the home was built, in the 1960s. The remainder of the project took approximately six days to complete.
After the floor was made dust-free, Floor Seasons applied several pre-printed vinyl sheets with Celtic-inspired designs and pre-cut dense foam board with fleurs-de-lis in various parts of the home. Some of the designs were also inspired by the stained glass doors on the kitchen cabinets. The designs were approved by the homeowner prior to the start of the job. The pre-printed vinyl made it possible to cut precise and intricate designs, including many over and under sawcuts. After the vinyl was applied to the floor, Floor Seasons used a 4-inch diamond blade angle grinder to cut through it. After it was sawcut, the vinyl was removed, and the floor was cleaned and made dust-free. Then the stain was applied, one color at a time in the designated areas in each art piece, using variously sized brushes. Kemiko stain products were used, and the colors in this project included black, green lawn, aqua blue, and English red.
Some areas were left as plain gray concrete. After baking (or drying) time, the residue was removed using baking soda and water, which neutralize the acid. Once the floors were thoroughly dry, an acetone-based sealer was meticulously placed over the art. Floor Seasons was then able to apply the field color (Kemiko's cola) without harming the already finished art. After the field color had thoroughly baked, the residue again was removed with baking soda and water, and when it was completely dry, a coat of acetone-based sealer was applied. Four Seasons applied a non-sanded white grout to the sawcuts to give the artwork a finished look and accentuate the designs. Excess grout was cleaned off, and a second coat of sealer was applied to seal in the grout and make the floor more durable. The final step was to apply four coats of commercial grade wax to the entire floor.