Thursday, August 13, 2009

Name the Painting!!!

This painting needs a title, so I am having a contest.

Submit a title and if your title is the winner

you will receive a free print!

I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Concrete Floor Faux Acid Stain - Finished

Now for the finishing.
I can't remember where I saw this
suggestion but I told Shelby to use freeze
dried coffee crystals and sprinkle
them on the unsealed concrete,
then spray the crystals with water and wait.
Shelby did this part and
she added some faux cracks.
She sealed the floor with concrete sealer.
It doesn't leave a coat like polyurethane.
I like its finish and it holds up well.
After the floor dried overnight,
Shelby moved the furniture in the room.
It is a beautiful room. She and her husband,
Tommy were so pleased with the way it turned
out they are going to do this same finish
on several other rooms in their home.
Beautiful room! Good job, Shelby!
I can't wait to see the other rooms.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Concrete Floor Faux Acid Stain

My friend, Shelby, called me about
her dilemma. She and her husband
had taken up the carpet in a bedroom and
now was unsure what to do next.
She had seen my laundry room floor
that I painted (that will be in another post).
We kicked around a few ideas and colors.
Then, they rented a orbital floor sander to
rough the surface a bit and to get rid of
the glue and yucky stuff.
She cleaned the floor with "TSP"
to have a good clean surface to work on.
We used Folk Art and Apple Barrel paints
(little squeeze bottles),
a good sized spray bottle filled with water,
chip brushes, freeze dried coffee,
and concrete sealer.
We laughed, talked, and worked.
It was great, hard fun.

The surface was sprayed with water,

an area about 3 feet wide and about

18inches deep, an area within your reach.

This is important -
The paint is worked into the concrete.
The colors are applied randomly in the
wet areas and worked into the concrete.
Watch your strokes!
Random and muted is the best.
Keep the edges moist.

Looking good! This is the closet.
Because she and I were working together,
we would trade places often to make sure
that my half of the room didn't look
different from her half of the room.
And of course, this reminds me of a scripture...
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good
return for their work!
There were places where the carpet tack
boards had been nailed into the floor.
Would it be best to fill or just work that into
the character of the floor? Shelby decided
that we would work with the pits.
So, with a long bristle liner brush and
very thin brown paint, I laid in a few cracks.
Some people would pay good money to
repair cracks but these are "faux" so it's okay!

Shelby has finished the floor and

put the furniture back in place.
When she sends me photos of the finished room,
I will finish the instructions,

so come back soon!

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