Posted on: 18 March 2015Share
Concrete is a versatile and durable medium that allows you to make cosmetic changes after it's already installed. And there are a ton of new products and techniques available to make beautiful changes to old concrete countertops, floors, and seating. So when you already have old concrete in your home and you'd like to give it new life, consider three creative ways you can update it for a result that looks totally new.
Though you may not be qualified to provide a finished work of art on your old concrete, collaborating with a professional artist can give you masterful results. Your concrete floor, countertop, vanity, or outdoor installation is the perfect canvas for an artist to work with.
Old concrete should first be ground or acid-treated to remove imperfections and debris, allowing you to reveal a clean surface. Then, a professional artist can give you a one-of-a-kind piece on your concrete installation by using various colors of concrete stains and opaque paint. The final product should be sealed and waxed for a more permanent result, and if it is constantly exposed to outdoor conditions or sunlight, you should include a sealant that is UV protective.
Artistic collaborations on your concrete can add value and curb appeal to your home, especially if you work with an artist that's in demand.
You can restore old concrete to a polished shine with multiple sessions of professional grinding and sealant application, or you can try metallic finishing on it instead. Metallic finishes are a new way to add shine and luster to concrete, with coatings that use mixes of resins with real metal powders. Metallic finishes can be applied in patterns, artistic designs, or over the entire surface of your concrete, for a finish that mimics the look of raw materials. You can find different metallic finishes, like copper, bronze, silver, or brass, so the effect is precise, and there are different mixes that include various metallic components, for a two-toned effect that changes with the light.
Custom stencils are an easy and fun way to improve the look of your concrete, and they are a great way to get uniquely creative results. Custom stenciling is possible with computer programs that allow you to design exactly what you want to see, then laser-cutting printers give you a stencil that you can use on any concrete surface with stains and paint. Concrete stenciling is one of the easiest ways to get a fantastic result without hiring an artist or contractor, as long as your old concrete doesn't need to be repaired first.