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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
20th September 2011
CD Designs has been on the scene to provide top quality pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios and other decorative concrete work for 10 years now, so we’ve seen trends in the concrete market come and go. It may interest you to know that in 2011, remodelling existing work has become much more popular than new installations, and concrete has also become a very common material for interior remodelling, due to its durability and affordable nature compared to some of the more traditional alternatives.
For example, you might want to consider pattern imprinted concrete for floor surfaces rather than wood or tiling – properly finished, sealed concrete is hardwearing, so can cope with the grind of day to day life. And our advanced staining and patterning techniques mean that concrete can be just as versatile as the next material, if not more so. You can polish pattern imprinted concrete up to a fine shine, if that is the desired finish. It really can lend itself to any requirement.
And it doesn’t stop there – concrete has become increasingly popular for creating many other types of interior feature. We’ve started to use it for creating worktops, as a versatile, affordable alternative to laminate or stone. We’ve also seen entire bathroom furniture sets made out of poured, finished, painted concrete, with large single pieces used for sink, storage and more!
Another emerging market is concerned with government departments responsible for, for example schools and parks – there is a lot of concrete work needed to repair such amenities, but with massive recent government funding cuts not much of it can be afforded. It is therefore likely that said government departments will start to employ private firms to do this work, as it will have a lower cost than having to maintain their own building departments.
18th August 2011
Pattern imprinted concrete isn’t just excellent for driveways. Because it can be imprinted to recreate a number of traditional (and more expensive) surfaces – like slate, or herringbone brick – and because it can be coloured using a wide palette of admixtures, it has found numerous other uses.
Using pattern imprinted concrete for interior flooring is becoming increasingly popular. A concrete floor which has been imprinted with a well chosen pattern, coloured, and then sealed, can be installed along with under-floor heating. Concrete has also been installed for flooring purposes without being pattern imprinted, only coloured, and then polished. Once a non-slip coating has been applied, a surface like this makes an interesting alternative to marble. Other effects can be created by using polished exposed aggregate concrete.
Or course, a concrete floor doesn’t need to be entirely one colour. It’s possible to use differently coloured fields and bands of concrete to create some intricate designs. For commercial customers, this means it’s possible to incorporate your company logo into the design of your interior flooring.
Pattern imprinted concrete can also be used for cladding structures. Because of its ability to recreate traditional stone surfaces, it presents a way of getting a fantastic visual effect without having to construct your garage, for example, out of the material you want it to look like you’ve used. With most traditional construction material patterns easily replicated, and, of course, the potential for ignoring traditional patterns entirely and really going wild with colours, the possibilities are practically endless.
21st February 2010