Your Own Stroke of Brilliance
If you're looking for a simple and
affordable way to bring colour to your drab concrete, try a flagstone
technique that will create a European courtyard look!.
For an alkyd based system:
Base coat: M-22 #1163
First colour: M-22 #1176 Second Colour: M-22 #1172
Third Colour: M-22 #1065
For a burgundy look replace 1176 with
For a latex based system: Latex Floor & Patio (see helpful hints)
9 inch roller, paint tray,
various sizes and shapes of 4 inch thick upholstery foam, utility knife,
plastic sheet, stir stick, disposable latex gloves, newspaper, 2 inch
8 Easy Steps to Faux Flagstone
- Prepare the concrete floor by
removing any grease or heavy stains with M83. Scrub with a stiff
bristle brush to ensure that there is no debris or dust on the
surface. Rinse and let dry thoroughly. Smooth trowelled concrete
must be etched with muriatic acid (following manufacturer's
cautions), rinsed with clean water and allowed to dry thoroughly
before finishing to ensure the paint will adhere. Apply the base
coat and allow to dry for a minimum of 24 hours.
- Cut or tear various shapes and sizes
of upholstery foam to create the flagstone appearance. The bigger
pieces should be approximately 10" wide with the smaller pieces
only 2" wide.
- On a large plastic sheet, pour a
puddle of first colour #1176, then drizzle second colour #1172 and
third colour #1065 on top.
- Use a stir stick to swirl colours
together without blending to make sure you can see all three colours
clearly. This pool of paint must be bigger than the size of the
largest piece of foam.
- Dip the foam piece into the paint
pool, then lift it up and dab off any excess paint onto some scrap
paper or plastic.
- Begin your tiles in a corner and work
out of the area (or towards the exit). Press the foam onto the
floor, creating your first flagstone imprint. Lift the foam off, set
it aside and repeat with a different piece of foam, leaving ¾ of an
inch between imprints. This creates the grout line. Continue dipping
and imprinting re-using the various pieces of foam to create a
unique flagstone effect.
- To get into corners and other awkward
areas, cut a piece of foam to fit that area or use a foam brush
dipped in swirl mixture and brush in a stone shape.
- Let dry and cure thoroughly before
returning the area to use.
Compliments of: Hyde Park Paint & Paper,
- Remember to keep some of your base
coat to "touch-up" any messy grout lines once you've
finished the floor.
- If you would like a flagstone finish
on your interior flooring, follow the same steps and product
recommendations for a concrete surface, as above. However, if your
interior surface is plywood, you must first prime the surface with
Fresh Start, then follow the steps as described. In this case, be
sure to top coat with Stays Clear Acrylic Urethane.
- The suggested colours are tinted in
an alkyd based system. For a water-thinned latex system in a more
earthy series of colours, use Latex Floor & Patio: Base coat;
Showroom White 122-04; Stone colours; Sierra Sand LF-11, Antelope
LF-54, Adobe Clay LF-53.
- Remember, this floor finish won't
last outside forever, as its longevity depends on the severity of
weather conditions and foot traffic, but it is a good temporary
solution to a colour or design problem.