What Is Faux Finishing on Concrete?
If you have a concrete surface (concrete wall, floor, walkway, etc.), it's likely it can be faux finished. "Although a 'faux finish' means different things to different people," explains Christina Lask, owner of Faux Designs in Albany, Ore.,"it's as simple as something that is not a solid color."
Faux finishing techniques have recently started to merge with concrete. "A lot of people have concrete in their yard or in their home that they don't want to look plain, gray and boring," says Khara Dizmon, ConcreteNetwork.com managing editor. "They're asking faux finishers to change the look of their concrete. They want their plain, gray entryway to be transformed to look like old-world Italian walls. Or they want their basement walls to look like carved rock. All of this can be achieved with various faux finishing techniques, and at a fraction of the cost than if you were to use traditional materials, such as stone, etc."
Not only are faux finishers able to transform the look of existing concrete, they're also using concrete as a medium for achieving these appearances. Lask recently used a Portland-cement based product to create the look of a Venetian wall. Many concrete contractors are taking concrete up the wall, stamping or carving it into natural rock-like patterns, and faux finishing it with various colors to achieve a realistic look.
What Is a Faux Finish?
How Is a Faux Finish Applied?
Now those same techniques are being applied with concrete products such as vertical concrete mixes for walls, concrete stains, concrete overlay materials and toppings, etc. The moldability and workability of concrete has more and more faux finishers interested in it as a useful medium for various surfaces.
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