Concrete flooring, sometimes referred to as cement flooring, no longer has to be gray and boring. Coloring concrete or applying textures and patterns can bring new life to this traditionally bland material. Staining concrete is a method of attaining a decorative, easy-to-maintain and durable finish to flooring.
After the floor is properly cleaned, it is time to apply the acid wash to the floor. Tape off all items and strip off old coatings with machinery. The best way to spread acid stain is evenly and in quadrants. Cleaning with acid and water opens the pores of the concrete.
Once the acid stain is dried over night, neutralize the floor with ammonia and water to clean any residues left by the acid stain. After this is completed and dried, it is time to apply the topical water based stain. The color can be tweaked during the first coat.
The stain should be spread on evenly in quadrants, much like the acid wash. Let this dry, and repeat if necessary to give the concrete floor the protective coat it needs.
While this whole process may seem very simple as you read this, don’t be fooled! It is recommended that you have a professional do this job for you. The application can be dangerous, and the results can be unattractive if it is not done properly. The above work was done by Jesse York of All Season Painting. 828-768-7575
When we saw this cool metal countertop by Raw Urth Design at the Kitchen and Bath show, we instantly loved it. Shown below in “French Country”, it adds a timeless and traditional feel. www.rawurth.com
“When art is in your soul, you simply cannot breathe unless you are painting.”
When Mary Farmer visited our office we had the pleasure of viewing several examples of her art. Encaustic is an ancient technique that produces some incredibly original and beautiful works of art. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
Farmer’s raw talent combined with her continuing dedication to creating new and impressive works is reflected in her rising status in the encaustic community. Her work has been featured in such publications as: American Art Collector, Novato Advance, Embracing Encaustic, The Peoria Star Journal, and the Marin Independent Journal. Farmer constantly strives to grow as an artist, seeing new images in her mind that she deems transferable to her canvas.
For more information visit www.maryfarmer.com.
Rain Chains are a beautiful and functional alternative to traditional closed metal or plastic downspouts. They break the fall of the water, guiding it visibly downward to the ground, into a basin or even a rain barrel for storage. Rain chains sound great! Copper rain chains that guide runoff rainwater to a large basin or underground holding tank provide a decorative accent and soothing sound quality to the exterior of your home. By collecting this “grey water,” you’ll reduce water costs, and you’ll reduce stormwater runoff, which helps to prevent erosion. Rain chains make a terrific and unique gift – every home benefits from these elegant outdoor accessories, and they are easy to install!