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Painting concrete to look like...well anything else

I had to reblog this one since my daughter did something really cool that I would NEVER have even considered. She did not like the cement in front of her house door, so she took matters into her own hands. I would have probably painted it one color, but not Corinna. She goes the extra mile and I think it looks fantastic!!!

One of the hardest things to deal with when walking into your house is an unsightly entry.  Either it has become worn and weary, or it's simply not to your taste, the cause is irrelevant, it makes you sigh deeply and dramatically everytime you head into your house.  Perhaps I'm projecting my overly theatric reaction, but you know the feeling I'm talking about.  As usual Pinterest came to the rescue!!!

TBefore his is the eye sore that I was forced to look at every. single. time I walked in my front door.  You can see it from the street, you may even be able to see it from space.  The previous owners decided to paint the concrete a solid brick brown color.  Lovely.  That was some time ago based on the level of peeling.  Upon closer inspection prior to brick brown the concrete was also painted...well gray concrete color.  Mind boggling perhaps, but true none the less.  It had to go and thanks to endless hours of Pinterest research I discovered painting concrete was possible and, better yet, versatile!

Post sanding


Before I could get to the fun of creating the look I wanted the old paint had to go.  I decided to try pressure washing it.  The paint looked so flakey it had to work!  Or not.  I then tried paint stripper made just for this.  That also did not work, but I did almost end up with a chemical burn.  Yikes!  Finally I got down and dirty and simply sanded all of the concrete with the coursest paper I could find.  It took a while but was worth it.  Then I followed the steps of prepping the concrete with an etching liquid and removing all dust. 


Finally, it was time to get Aftercreative!  I referenced back to my Pinterest inspirations and made a plan.  I decided that I wanted to paint the concrete to give it the look of tile.  There are many options and variations to try but I decided I wanted a long rectangular look to my 'tiles'.  I also have grand plans of painting the house so I wasn't worried about it going with the house's current color.  So once again the concrete was painted gray.  At least this time it was just for my 'grout' lines!  Then I taped out my pattern and used a semi-transparenThe guests love it!t smoke gray color.  It all turned out better than expected.  Please excuse the picture.  I was very excited and took the picture before finishing cleaning everything up and touching up the front lip.  I think it looks so much better.  No more deep breathing exercises as I walk in the door.  Even our fun Florida guests enjoy it!



Corinna Cromartie

1545 S. Belcher Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33764




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