I apply a concrete effect coating

I apply a concrete effect coating

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Concrete is always popular in our interiors! Far from being considered a cold material, it dresses all our rooms with style and modernity, from the bathroom to the kitchen, including the dining room. To adopt it on a wall as on furniture, opt for the easiest and most economical solution with a concrete effect coating. We went to Lilibricole to master the application step by step and get a perfect result.

Step 1 - I choose the right material

I am well informed at the time of purchase: according to the brands, certain products require a primary coat of grip. Here, it is a concrete coating which can be applied directly to your support (whatever it is) and which also comes with two spatulas and a roller. I complete it with a stick, a cloth, a little water, a scraper, a pen and a sheet of paper. I also do not forget gloves and suitable clothing so as not to get dirty. And a tarp to protect the ground!

Step 2 - I make a sketch of my application

No rush, especially if the surface to cover is large enough! The technique ? Divide the wall into several pieces to progress by area. So I do not hesitate to make a sketch to help me "cut" my wall because then I will not have to stop in my operation or go back to an already treated corner. Small tip: always plan a little more product than necessary.

Step 3 - I prepare the support

Whether it is a wall or a piece of furniture, my support must be smooth, clean, without roughness. If this is not the case, I therefore use a scraper to level off my surface as much as possible and remove any friable parts.

Step 4 - I prepare my product

Now that my support is healthy, make way for the product! Using a stick, I mix the coating in order to obtain a smooth and homogeneous paste, easy to apply.

Step 5 - I apply my product with the roller

I start by roughly spreading my plaster with the roller. I start from top to bottom vertically then horizontally. If there is a corner on my surface, I start from there to avoid the holes.

Step 6 - I smooth with the first spatula

My product ready, it's time to apply! With a smooth spatula, I spread the coating delicately. The technique: when I have finished raking a first area, I go to the second by slightly overlapping the previous one to make the junction.

Step 7 - I often clean my spatula

Using a cloth or sponge, I regularly clean my spatula with clean water. This prevents the formation of lumps and more, my slightly moistened spatula, allows the coating to be better applied. If ever a lump still managed to infiltrate, I do not panic! I carefully remove it with my fingers and I immediately go back over this area with the spatula.

Step 8 - I use the second spatula

Using the notched spatula, I apply a second layer, thinner than the first but this time pressing firmly. The idea is to obtain the iron effects specific to concrete. I do not insist too much, however, that the result remains natural.

Step 9 - I clean my tools

My concrete coating fully applied, I just have to clean my tools! The scraper is then of great use. The drying time varies from half a day to a day depending on the brand. I therefore wait a little before reinvesting my revamped interior.