Archive for November 2008

6
Nov

More acid stained conrete projects…

   Posted by: Lilianne in Gallery

Here are some more of my acid stain projects – some with before and after shots, to show the impact a little elbow grease can give…

One of my first and to this day the largest project was the pool area. Here is the before shot:

and after…

close-up for more detail…

Much smaller projects can give you a big inpacts. Here is the front entrance before:

and after…

Another fun project was the fountain surround. Here is the before shot:

and after…

and from above…

Finally, you do not have to spend lots of time and effort to enjoy acid staining concrete. Here is an inexpensive concrete bentch from Lowes that I stained for this little tropical heaven…

I hope these projects here get your creative juices flowing and you will be starting your own project soon. As always, I love to hear from you and even more, love to see your projects.

3
Nov

Acid stained concrete

   Posted by: Lilianne in Exterior Projects

Acid stained concrete is beautiful, long lasting and limitless in it’s design potential. It is a very easy do-it-yourself project as well. Below I will walk you through the steps :)

It all starts with piece of concrete – this can be inside or outside area and some ideas how you want it to look like. Here are the ideas I played with for the project I am showing here (Rose Garden Center Medallion)  – http://designsbylilianne.banyantree.us/MedallionDesign.pdf

Since the medallion was on new concrete, I had very little prep work I needed to do. I only had to wait for the concrete to cure for 30 days before staining. If you are working with the old concrete, you need to clean it, as the stain will not cover any blemishes. You should not use any harsh chemical for cleaning, as this will affect how the stain will take. Best is to mechanically scratch off any stains.

Once the concrete is prepped, next is to transfer your design. I just use regular pencil to draw the design and then my DH uses 4″ grinder to follow the lines and cut little grooves, so that the different color stains will not bleed into each other. Here is my medallion after the design has been etched into the concrete:

plain medallion

Now you are ready to stain. I have used for most of my projects http://www.decosup.com/ products and have been very happy with them. Be careful, some producst that are called stains are not really stains but paint. So before you use it, make sure it says acid stain and it looks clear not milky, like paint. I have always used the cheap foam brushed from Home Depot to apply the stain. If you are working on an outside project, and it is hot, wet the concrete before aplying stain, as otherwise the stain will try too quickly and will not have enought time to penetrate. To cover larger areas with stain, you can use paint rollers or sprays as well. Here is the medallion after the stain has been applied:

stained medallion

You can aplly the stain for couple of coats, if you want deeper color or more uniformed look. Once the stain has tried for 24 hours, the next step is to neurtralize the stain. For this you mix some water with baking soda and was the concrete with that mixture. Finally rinse with clean water. Finally cover the concrete with the sealant. I used regular paint roll to apply the sealer. Sealer will protect your project and bring out the brilliant colors of your design. Here it is all done:

finished medallion

and here is the whole rose garden complete. Notice that the steps, table top and benches are acid stained as well. This kind of treatment helps to brings different design elements together and create a uniformed look.

rose garden