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We’re sure that most of you, if presented with the idea of doing a pattern imprinted concrete job yourself, would probably sigh and hand the job over to a professional that really knows what they’re doing. Fortunately however, there are some fake pattern imprinted concrete effects that are within the grasp of anyone with a reasonable (or even rudimentary) DIY ability.
To give an interior floor a unique, great-looking faux-wood finish, you could consider the following technique that we picked up recently. First of all, you need an existing, clean, dry concrete floor. A bit of roughness and unevenness actually works to your advantage in this case, so don’t worry too much about uniformity. You also need a wood graining tool and a paint brush.
Get a base colour that you like and paint it on the concrete in similarly-sized strips to floorboards. Then texture it with an opposing colour. For example, if your base colour is black, then you could use a light colour such as white or light brown to add some texture and lightness to your “floorboards”. Add it to the newly painted base colour, and keep playing until you get the effect you want, eg old floorboards, or newer, sanded ones.
Next up, get the wood graining tool and drag it through the newly-wet paint texture, rocking it back and forth to give knot effects. Make sure that for each “floorboard”, you keep inside the boundaries so the effect is maintained. With a little work, this should give you a great effect! View the finished project.
Image via TWENTYSIXFIFTYEIGHT
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20th September 2011