HOW TO FAUX STONE A CONCRETE OUTSIDE FLOOR

INTRODUCTION

In choosing your flooring whether indoors or outdoors, the goal is to have a flooring option that suits your fancy and satisfies your aesthetic appeal. Faux stone flooring is a step in the right direction to transform your plain outside concrete floors to mimic whatever stone types suits your style. Applying decorative stencils and stains, and using cement-based floor toppings can help you change the face of your concrete canvass into something beautiful.

EQUIPMENTS AND MATERIALS NEEDED

Faux stone flooring can be done personally or by a professional who works according to your specification. Whoever it  is, you will be needing  safety goggles, rubber gloves, chisel and hammer, long handle paint roller,small paint brushes ,pressure washer or garden hose with high pressure nozzle, measuring tape, quick release tape ,concrete etcher ,Acrylic-base concrete stain, mixing tray and slip-resistant additives.

STEPS ON GETTING THE WORK DONE

Protect yourself: You will be creating a faux stone flooring with some chemicals and there is a tendency that mistakes may occur and the stains may spill on you. The best way to prepare for these eventualities Incas they occur is to protect yourself with the googles, gloves and overalls if you have any.

Clear and Clean : You wouldn’t be needing obstacles as you work and discolorations that may rare their ugly heads after faux finishing. Hence, the need to clear the concrete floors (if it’s a patio) and scrub the floor thoroughly, looking out for greases and oils. This can be done with a concrete etcher, a degreaser and pressure washer. Allow the concrete floor to dry for about 24 hours.

Apply the base coat: After the concrete floor must gotten dry, base coat the entire concrete slab using the base colour of the concrete stain that must have been adulterated by the additive. Mask off areas you wish to protect from paint by using painter’s tape. Also, to get the best of grout lines in between the faux stones it is proper that the base colour be same as the desired grout.

Create your stone template: Using cardboard sheets or whatever media, you can draw out the designs that mimic the stones you desire. Then, you can cut out the shapes from the cardboard. These shapes should represent the exact sizes you desire your stamp to take.

Turn your template into stamps : The cardboard cuttings are reinvented into stamps by tracing their designs on foams and other media. The tracings are cut out carefully so that the stamp bears exact resemblance with the cardboard template.

CREATING YOUR FAUX DESIGN

The paints are poured into a large tray to form a pool of paints. Then, the stamps are dipped into this paint pool and their paint coated side pressed onto the concrete. This routine is done simultaneously until the stone stamps are exhausted, it is also proper to cut enough of these stamps to avoid removing them too quickly from the concrete, which may impair the faux quality. Also to be noted,  gaps of about 1/8 to 1/4/inches must be left in between stamps which will serve as the grout design.

The stamps may be re-used and later rotated to create new designs until the fauxing is complete.  For optimum faux stone flooring results, the paint should be allowed to set for about 24 hours before walking on it.

CONCLUSION

Recreating the design of a stone flooring on your concrete slab is quite a way to give yourcorridir, walkway or patio a facelift. Faux stone flooring is surely fun but can be quite tiring , if there are no partners. Just follow the laid out steps above and your faux stone flooring will be ready faster than you expected.

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