Painting concrete surfaces

Paint and Concrete

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Concrete surfaces usually look better when painted.

But how does one choose the best paint for concrete surfaces?

Décor Puzzle gave pointers when it comes to concrete floors. National Ready Mix Concrete Association           

“In spite of its high strength and excellent performance characteristics, concrete – enough popular building material used in various fields of construction, it must also be protected. After all, the concrete surface can also be destroyed under certain conditions and impacts. This mechanical damage of concrete floor because of chemicals is the reason why painted concrete floors are necessary not only to improve the appearance of the inside of the building, but also to perform a protective function. Before painting it is important to decide which painted concrete floor type to choose.”

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Painting Concrete

Buzzle for its part shared tips on how to choose the right paint for concrete patios. Concrete  

“The decision to paint a concrete patio immediately opens up a host of options about the desired final look. You can go from a dull gray to a stunning sky blue and breathe a whole new life into your patio. The tough part is choosing a good paint to make this visualization come alive.”

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EHow meantime shared a Do-It-Yourself trick in painting concrete.

“Bricking a walkway — or a wall — is expensive and both labor- and time-intensive. But painting concrete to look like brick takes just a few hours of work and the cost of paint and rollers or sponges. A few methods make it work — the more effort you put in to refine the details, the more your faux brick will fool the eye.”

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Amazing Cement Pieces

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Cement has tons of uses. More and more people are discovering such even in the field of arts.

Just like this man featured over at the website Deveoh who transformed a concrete pipe into something really amazing. Concrete          

“Once the unit was complete (and people began remarking how much it looked like something out of The Lord of the Rings) it was time to start filling it with those precious items he needed the space for.”

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Just Amazing

The website a Designer Life meantime shared one artist’s creation – a wonderful bench made of cement.  National Ready Mix Concrete Association     

“I’m in awe that something as simple as cement cinder blocks combined with wooden lumber slats (and the addition of some fun homemade cushions) can be put together to create a piece of furniture so simple yet so visually effective – and it looks really comfortable to sit on, too!”

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AWM meantime shared how one could simply make a unique concrete table for the garden.

“Instead of buying a pot from your gardening store, one DIY specialist by the name of Cat has shown us how to make perhaps one of the most original pots out there with a towel and some concrete.”

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DIY Concrete Design Ornaments

Make your own concrete design pieces

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Concrete can easily be transformed into a work of art.

Concrete Garden Leaves shared a tutorial on how to make concrete garden leaf décor. National Ready Mix Concrete Association

“Have you seen large concrete leaves decorating fountains and gardens? Photos of these unusual sculptural accents are showing up in all the gardening magazines. You may have wondered how they’re made. We (Pete and Dianne Havekost) are now providing an illustrated tutorial to show you exactly how to make your own concrete leaves. They are quite expensive if you buy them at a garden store, but it isn’t difficult to make your own.”

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Concrete Beauty

Architecture Design also shared ideas on what art work can be derived from concrete. Concrete

“Believe it or not, concrete is a very versatile material! Despite its rigidity and hardness, concrete becomes an ally of your home if you know how to exploit its stylish, grey look. You can use it to create a family entertainment center, build a patio, or provide a hard and durable floor that will last a lifetime in your garage, or garden shed. But it’s not used just in big projects and buildings but also for smaller, DIY projects. Concrete is a material that allows you to shape it however you want without too much effort.”

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Top Dreamer for its part shared concrete decor DIY.

“The concrete is a material that is widely used in architecture and home decorating, and despite being used for the big things, it can be also used for small DIY projects that will add interest to your home decor. I believe that you will find the ones that I have collected for you truly stunning and that they will instantly add interest to your interior. You can make all sort of things by using concrete and the projects are super easy. Check them out and see whether they will catch your eye. Concrete is so much fun, and you will probably end up making some of the projects!”

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All about Concrete Roofing

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All about Concrete Roofing

Concrete Roof Designs

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Concrete roofing may just be the most heavy duty and resistant roofing material available. National Ready Mix Concrete Association

Dezeen shared photos and details of this Spanish school building with concrete roofing.

“The design features softly curving corrugated metal siding, and a chunky concrete canopy with a wavy edge that is supported by pastel-coloured columns.”

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Hard and Durable

Cool Decoration Ideas meantime featured various concrete roof designs. Concrete

“The flat-roof house is made of concrete and wood, extends over an area of 206 square and combines the two materials in an interesting way, so that it does no cold or inconspicuous acts. The customers wanted a one-storey house, to the relationship with the natural environment to maximize. The clean lines, the rectangular Form, the floor-to-ceiling Windows create a bright and airy atmosphere, ideal for someone who is calm, light and minimalism is looking for.

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This ultra-modern glass pool house featured by the website Dezeen also has a concrete roofing system.

“A thin concrete roof rests lightly on the glazed walls of this minimal poolside pavilion, added to a house in the Belgian village of Wannegem-Lede – the second project we’ve published today by architect Lieven Dejaeghere”

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When Concrete Invades the Arts

Finding the Artsy in Concrete

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Art and concrete really do mix.

Archdaily.com featured in its website stunning artworks propped up by concrete pillars that lent even more character to the artworks that are on display.

“Removed from display in 1996, the concrete pillars, wood and glass easels were reviewed by METRO Arquitetos, who became part of MASP’s curatorial team — in charge of exhibition design — last December.  Having carried out various exhibitions this year at the museum – such as Brazilian Art Through the 1900s – METRO Arquitetos decided to end the year by bringing back the easels, in an exhibition similar to the original one conceived by Lina, which almost five decades later, continues to impress with its innovative way of exhibiting art in museums.”

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Perfect Combination

A great mix of wood and concrete has meantime been featured by the website Home Design Find.National Ready Mix Concrete Association 

“Every piece, from beginning to end, is hand made. Each piece of wood is carefully chosen for its part. Every inlay of wood or shell or stone is thoughtfully placed.”

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An artist meantime finds solace and inspiration in a concrete studio.

“The glazed entrance hems in one side of the sunken patio, creating a well that is designed to provide indirect lighting for painting.”

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Say goodbye to Boring Walls

Modern Walls

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Concrete walls need not be plain and boring. Apart from the usual frames and decorations, concrete walls in itself can be a conversational piece in any home, an accent in any abode. National Ready Mix Concrete Association

The website Top Dreamer for instance featured dozens of awesome walls that will just fascinate any house guest. “The accent wall is just the perfect way to break the monotony in any room and to add visual interest to the space. If you want to transform the ordinary room into something magnificent and extra ordinary.”

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Have cracks? No Problem

If a home wall may have some cracks, then concrete wall accents could just be the answer as shared by Lushome.

“Surprising and beautiful wall decor ideas demonstrate how you can bring unique character into your office or living spaces. If you have a slightly damaged wall, imperfections or small cracks in a wall, and do not know how to cover or mask them, these wall decoration ideas may inspire you to experiment with unusual and creative ways of interior decorating.”

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Pastel walls do a lot of good even for home offices as featured by the website The Room Edit.

“Modernise your home office with delicate graduation on your walls. This subtle yet effective scheme has been created with three bands of pastel paint.  The look is balanced with a smart white desk and shelving has been added where the colours change for a simple, streamlined effect. Graduate colour from the darkest at the bottom to lightest at the top to make a small room’s ceiling seem higher.”

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Concrete 101

All about Concrete

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Concrete is a widely used building material of the modern time. It is resilient, it is easy to clean, it is efficient. Concrete  

The website Architect Magazine published a brief history of the concrete.   National Ready Mix Concrete Association

“One small niche of the residential market was the use of textured concrete block designed to simulate stone. This material hit its peak of popularity around 1910​, and it preceded the larger production of concrete block and was marketed as a do-it-yourself material. With a few molds and a concrete mixer​, an individual could go into business. Sears Roebuck & Co. was an early marketer of the equipment to make these concrete blocks.”

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Trivia, Trivia

Slideshare meanwhile provided six facts that ordinary people may not know about concrete.

“Making one tonne of cement requires two tonnes of raw material”

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Curbed also shared a post on historical trivia about concrete. “While precursors to concrete can be found back in Roman times (the term comes from the Latin word concretus, meaning compact or condensed), the modern version was developed in the 18th and 19th centuries. British bricklayer Joseph Aspdin applied for a patent for Portland cement, named after an island near Dorset where it was quarried, in 1824. Initially, architects and engineers didn’t show much interest in the material. Ordinary builders and contractors were the first to pick it up and start experimenting.”

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The Art in Murals

All About Murals

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Wall Murals continue to be considered a work of art.  They may be abstract, but they definitely convey a message from the artist that painted it. Cemented  

This is Colossal for instance shared amazing photos of murals that hide or highlight entryways. “Over the last year or so, German street artist 1010 (previously) created several of his fantastic spray paint portals in locations around Germany, Panama, and the United States. 1010 brings surprising layers of depth to drab facades and blank gallery walls by painting concentric layers of color. The artist most recently had a solo show at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco titled Limbus.”

Take a look at the murals here.

Transforming Power

The Website Can You Actually.com meantime shared photos of magical bedroom murals. American Society of Concrete Contractors 

“European artist Bogi Fabian is turning ordinary rooms into a dreamy wonderland filled with dazzling and glowing wall murals. Her wall murals focus on creating a dream world achieved by painting floors and walls with glow-in-the-dark paint.”

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Australian Website ABC for its part featured a mural that depicted indigenous soldiers.” The artwork shows 18 servicemen of World War I who came from the region, which is Tanganikald country.”

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Dream Home, Concrete Home

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When one says “modern home,” an image of a concrete home is usually being conjured. After all, it is the strongest, and most resilient material available when reinforce with steel among other construction materials.

And what could be more futuristic and iconic than this concrete home featured over at inhabitat.com? Concrete 

“This crazy concrete home could make you seasick. Carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, Casa Brutale is a brutalist building reminiscent of the iconic Casa Malaparte in Naples, Italy, except it’s volumetrically inverted. The monolithic underground structure has a roof-mounted swimming pool that acts as a translucent ceiling, and a view that will definitely unsettle the faint-hearted.”

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Dream House

Another dream home has been constructed this time in Texas, as shared by the website Dwell.com. National Ready Mix Concrete Association         

“An eye-opening trip to Naoshima, Japan, convinced the Robertsons to find a way to build their dream. On the 3.15-square-mile island, they visited the Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum, a series of square, rectangular, and triangular volumes  embedded in a hillside, which house installations by James Turrell and Walter De Maria, as well as paintings by Claude Monet. Both museums were designed by architect Tadao Ando and are composed of concrete, a signature material that Ando has used to rich and evocative effect. The Robertsons were taken with the rawness and mystery of the spaces.

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Strength and reliability are also two of the factors why most homeowners choose concrete for their homes.

Q13Fox.com shares how resilient a concrete home can be against wild fires.

“One man rode out the firestorm in the comfort of his living room, even as a wall of flames 20 feet high marched right around him. ‘The fire was at this draw right here,’ said homeowner John Belles. ‘We didn’t have time to do much of anything. The fire was like 30 yards or so to the north of me when I decided to go into the building.’ Belles built his concrete, monolithic dome in 1999 after he bought some property near Riverside. It’s designed to withstand Mother Nature’s fury, and that’s exactly what it did as he rode out the firestorm inside.

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Make your own Concrete Planter

Homemade Concrete Planters

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 Concrete planters are both functional and decorative gardening pieces. The great thing about it is, it is not too hard to make one.        National Ready Mix Concrete Association

Garden Therapy for instance shared a tutorial on how to make concrete planters. “These DIY concrete garden planters are simple to make in just a weekend and with materials you may already have around the house. They look modern with unique shapes that come straight from the recycling bin!”

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Not complicated at all

Concrete So Creative Things meantime shared two ways on how to make concrete planters. “If you are loooking for a Creative DIY Project for planters you are in the exactly right place.After this project you will be able to make your own concrete planters in a different and easy way. There are many ways to make this but today we are going to show you the best ones. The first one is making concrete planters with plastic pots and the other one is using wooden casts.”

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Plantcare Today also shared an instructional video on making DIY Concrete Planters, specifically for succulents. “Plants in the home add a special look and welcoming feel to the indoors. There are many plants which can be used to dress up an indoor space. One type of plants are succulents. However, besides plants the container and planter can play an important role in the overall look. But, decorative planters can break a budget!”

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