His and Hers:
Concrete floors feature a mix of whiskey and stained glass

A home office that has a concrete countertop and a concrete bookshelf. The floor looks like a Jack Daniels whiskey barrel. An epoxy floor with dragonflies and roses designed into it
A Louisiana couple’s offices reflect their personalities with custom-made concrete and epoxy floors.
Photos courtesy of Dan Lynch

As a man who appreciates good whiskey, Dan Lynch thought what better motif for his office than a concrete floor that resembled a whiskey barrel and featured bigger-than-life labels from some of his favorite brands. The idea starting churning in his Cajun brain as he plotted a tour of whiskey factories for a then-upcoming trip to Tennessee.

The whiskey barrel floor

So in June 2017, the owner of Ashley Concrete Products and Dan Lynch Concrete Floors in New Orleans, Louisiana, sketched out his floor plan and got to work. Lynch began by grinding the existing floor and installing a grout coat of SureCrete SureTex with Charcoal color packs. He then laid out the area where he was going to create the look of 12-inch wood planks as the backdrop for the center of attention, an oversized Jack Daniels logo.

Dan Lynch of Louisiana posing for the camera as he works on his whiskey themed home office.
Dan Lynch decided he wanted his office to be whisky themed.

Once that was completed, Lynch put down 2-inch-wide painter’s tape every 2 inches in preparation to form replicated oak planks. He then applied a coat of SureCrete MicroTek and textured the floor. The next day, he stained the floor and removed the tape.

Next, he taped the 2-inch textured and colored boards to expose a grout line. He then overlaid the grout between the boards that were already finished.

Painter's tape was applied to the floor to replicate the oak planks of a whiskey barrel.
Lynch used 2-inch-wide painters’ tape to help him replicate oak planks.

Meanwhile, Lynch was also busy making the “metal bands” that crossed the oak planks by taping off 2-inch planks and lightly texturing 4-inch bands. Thanks to a tip from his buddy Troy Lemon in Pennsylvania, he added metallic pigment to his solvent sealer which delivered the look he was going for.

The floor décor also featured barrel tops that had been taped off prior to overlaying the 2-inch oak planks. Lynch grouted these four areas with MicroTek and Jet Black color packs. After they dried, he applied vinyl stencils custom made by one of his employees.

He then installed MicroTek, texturing it to replicate wood and coloring it with a water-based stain in varying shades of brown before removing the stencils. The smaller stencils were replicas of the logos of Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, Jameson, Tullamore Dew and Wild Turkey.

Vinyl stencils were created to make the Jack Daniel's whiskey label to be applied to the floor.
One of Lynch’s employees made the vinyl stencils that replicated whiskey labels.

The final task to tackle was the 8-by-5-foot area that served as the backdrop for the 6-by-4-foot Jack Daniels No. 7 logo. After applying and staining the logo, Lynch finished the job with SureCrete MicroTek with white pigment. Once that dried, he removed the stencil, sealed the whole floor with a solvent and waxed.

Three years later, Lynch’s wife, Shawn, challenged her husband to create an office for her.

Stained glass, concrete style

“I had always thought about doing a stained-glass floor with metallics,” Lynch says. So with Shawn’s blessing, and excess time on his hands due to the coronavirus, Lynch approached the project with a lot of enthusiasm But, he admits, “I had no idea where to begin.”

But he quickly cleared that hurdle. He applied a vapor barrier, followed by a base coat of 100% solids epoxy. For the design, Lynch used 100% silicon waterproof caulk.

A rose with two dragon flies approaching it were drawn on this concrete floor before the epoxy was installed.
For his wife’s office, Lynch first drew a rose surrounded by two dragon flies.

He began with a rose and two dragon flies (locally known as mosquito hawks), then added another rose, a border, a sunset, leaves and grass. Once the designs were drawn, he used his Cajun Metallics to color different sections.

More decorative elements were added to the concrete floor of the office before custom epoxy was mixed.
Lynch used an array of Cajun Metallics to color the design.

“The process involved a lot of trial and error,” Lynch says. “I had metallics leaking over the caulking in a few spots that, once dried, could only be cleaned by grinding. However, this step in the process was also exceedingly fun. My colors were coming along better than I ever imagined.”

A look at a floor with flowers and dragonflies that will be a home office that looks like stained-glass.
Lynch’s metallics had leaked over the caulking in a few spots that could only be cleaned by grinding.

Once the individual designs had been colored, Lynch caulked the “glass panels.”

“I filled them with different amounts Pearl of Metallic to achieve varying shades of white. It looked amazing but I knew the most painful part of the job still lay ahead of me — removing the 100% silicon caulk.”

The faux glass panels were achieved using different shades of white to make it look like the sky
The “glass panels” were colored with Pearl of Metallic to achieve varying shades of white.

That caulk removal ended up only taking a few hours. In the voids left by the process. Lynch used old ketchup bottles to inlay silver metallics. As a final touch, he applied a topcoat of SurfKoat MCU 85 urethane. “This gave the floor a saturated effect even after it was dry.”

The project was not deemed a success until it passed a critical board of review — that being getting a thumbs up from his wife, Shawn. Luckily, she loved it.

There are many signatures of kids and handprints made in this space for kids to keep them entertained while their parents talk shop.
Youngsters who tag along with their parents for a visit are often invited to autograph the floor or make a handprint.

Happy hour

Besides the manly floor in his office, Lynch also has included a kid-friendly feature. When potential clients bring their offspring with them to a meeting, he invites them to sign their name, draw a picture or leave a handprint. “The kids really get a kick out of this,” he says, and it gives his office a personal touch.

At the rear of the office, Lynch sculpted a bar out of foam and Kirtbag Vertical Mix “to mimic the crypts that as so popular in the New Orleans area. Most customers are either in awe or creeped out of their britches by it. But that’s how we roll in New Orleans!”

A custom crypt-like liquor shelf was created in the office for the finishing touch.
Dan Lynch’s office wouldn’t be complete without a crypt-like bar for his favorite spirits.

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