In North America, when we talk about DIY decorations, wood and metal seemed to be the material of choice. These are definitely elegant raw materials to work with, but in this post I want to highlight another option – concrete.
Compare to wood and metal, concrete is a highly versatile and economic material that can be allowed to be manipulated into different forms and structures. It is certainly gaining traction from garden decorations and planters to being an element in the interior design industry.
We are going to explore both options in this post. Now I personally never like text versions of DIY guides. Instead of writing out point forms on how to make a concrete deco, I’ll show you a video that is sponsored by Ryobi the hand drill (Not affiliated with this manufacturer).
How to Make Concrete Wall Decoration
Now the key thing I want to point out is you can make various molds using very simple household materials like cardboards or boxes. The cost really is just the concrete mix, nails and your time.
Garden Planters can be made the same way using a paper mold, with a plastic cup inserted in the middle during curing. The result is elegant and durable.
How to Incorporate Concrete in Home Renovation Projects
I got this idea when I was speaking with a guy who provides concrete repair jobs like driveway concrete repair. He eluded me to the rising popularity of concrete flooring and concrete sealer. I digged around for what he told me and I am amazed with the possibilities of these application. Check out the photos below:
Concrete floors can be acid-stained to give a brushed and gradient look. Depending on the color added to the mixture, a stamped concrete artist can create a masterpiece right on the floor. The final step is to finish it off using an epoxy sealer or other concrete sealing compounds.
My friend explained that this is a way to boost the value of your home significantly without breaking a bank as the cost is only slightly above laminated flooring, but definitely cheaper than hardwood floors.
If the design interests you, put it into budget for your next basement or patio renovations.