DECORATIVE CONCRETE. CREATIVE STENCIL APPLICATION.
Our step-by-step instruction will show you how to create a modern decor made of imitation concrete. To make it, we will use a painting stencil from the Nakleo Single Collection series, a decorative mass and several paints for ornamenting. We hope that with its help we will be able to dispel any doubts related to this interior decoration method and convince you that it is not so difficult!
What tools do we need to paint a pattern from a painting stencil?
Before beginning the application of concrete, prepare the necessary materials and precisely clean the surface of the dust and dirt. Subsequently, prime it with a suitable preparation and leave it to dry. A well-prepared surface will improve the adhesion of concrete. Meanwhile, you may familiarize yourself with the manufacturer's recommendations for the preparation of decorative mass.
PREPARATION OF THE DECORATIVE CONCRETE
After the soil has dried, start preparation of the decorative mass. In order to get a mixture with appropriate consistency, you need to follow the instructions given on the package. Remember that it must not be too runny! You should mix the product thoroughly - mechanically or manually. Manual mass mixing may result in inaccurate mixing of its components, which will let us create the effect of delicate roughness on the decorated surface. Often, such an action is deliberate, and obtaining such an effect is desirable. Afterwards, apply a small amount of the mass to the previously prepared surface. Spread the product with short, quick movements to a thickness corresponding to the grain size. Leave the first layer to dry for around 1-2 hours.
EXECUTION OF PATTERN
After the first layer of mass is dry and hardened, start creating a pattern using a painting stencil. Attach the stencil to the surface with masking tape and press the mass through it using a Venetian trowel. Paint the decor with quick and short movements, making as few strokes as possible. Apply concrete in an amount not less than the thickness of the stencil. Having covered the entire pattern, carefully remove the template, taking care not to smear the work! Leave the finished decoration to dry.
TWEAKING THE DETAILS
The final stage of the work is decorating the pattern. The pits formed on the concrete can be filled with paint slightly darker than the concrete used. This treatment will highlight the impression of concavity. On the other hand, you may rub the convex elements with the use of sandpaper. Thus, you will obtain a brighter concrete coloration on the rubbed elements. Finally, clean the entire substrate and protect it with a colorless varnish.