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Concrete finishing; accessories

Your concrete floor has cured and the furniture is back in place. But are you happy with the overall look? Homeowners and budding interior designers are more ‘on point’ with decorating trends thanks to home renovation television shows dominating the news. Concrete isn’t just for driveways, pathways, and wall rendering anymore. It’s the cement icing on your cake.

 

DIY art

If your concrete finishing includes a wall rendering, this is a great canvas to get creative on. Make sure you lay down a tarpaulin or some kind of floor covering you don’t mind getting messy. It would be a shame ordering a polished concrete floor and then you promptly spill paint on it!

 

Homewares

This gives ‘concrete finishing’ a new meaning! Topping off your redecoration with some matching cement accessories will help the house/office look worthy of an Instagram share. Industrial style accessories don’t look out of place when there’s an exposed wall and polished concrete floor in the mix. The industrial style market has exploded in recent years, offering homewares like:

  • Bowls
  • Terrariums
  • Vases
  • Tables (coffee, dining, bedside)
Check out stores like Etsy for concrete accessories to match your new look

Check out stores like Etsy for concrete accessories to match your new look

Outdoor furniture

Concrete finishing outside doesn’t have to stop at your patio. Cement furniture and accessories will add that something extra. Everyone needs a place to sit and kick up their heels. Concrete benches and chair frames are durable and stylish, just don’t forget the cushions!

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Another benefit is that cement has better weather resistance compared to traditional wood furniture. You don’t need to worry too much about leaving them out in the elements. Just a decent pressure hosing every few months will keep them clean.

Naturally, you’ll research concrete finishing options for your driveway, interior floors, and other areas before reaching out to your contractor. Options include exposed aggregate, polished, acid staining, coloured, and more. While we get pouring, you go shopping!

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Using concrete resurfacing and other tricks to revamp a tired space

Your home or office is looking dated and you know it’s time for an overhaul. But you don’t have the money for a full-on renovation. We have a few alternatives that will save you the cash while still giving you an amazing result.

 

Concrete resurfacing

This time tested method makes tired old surfaces look brand new. The surface layer is scrubbed/sanded and a new layer of concrete replaces it. The contractor can go through the options with you. A polished or acid-stained finish is a popular concrete resurfacing request. It’s a great neutral palette for you to dress the room up as you like.

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Modern home foundations are made of concrete. If you have a carpeted floor, that’s what you’ll see when it gets peeled back. Concrete resurfacing will brighten up the dull layer considerably and cost you less money.

 

Scrub-a-dub

Believe it or not, you don’t always need paint to improve your walls. The surface looks grimey because a layer of dust and dirt has built up over the years. A simple way to brighten things up is to break open the sugar soap and wipe down the walls. If you do end up painting anyway, this is a necessary step.

 

Homewares

After the concrete resurfacing, you’re left with a beautiful floor. Why not get some homewares to match it? The ‘industrial style’ trend has exploded in recent years. Think exposed brick/rendered walls, cement floors, and old metal pipes used in light fittings.

Check out stores like Etsy for concrete accessories to match your new look

Check out stores like Etsy for concrete accessories to match your new look

Concrete homewares are easy to find in an interior design shop or online. There’s so many to pick from it’ll be hard to decide. You can get shelves and coffee tables, all the way down to paperweights.

 

Declutter

This is one of the most inexpensive things you can do to revamp a tired space. You’ll be surprised at how much useless junk takes up the shelf/cupboard/garage. How long has it been since you used that tennis racquet or the surfboard? Get ruthless and start cleaning! It’s hard work but the satisfaction at all the extra space is worth it. The charity shop will appreciate the donation, too.

Clean up. Seriously.

Clean up. Seriously.