We seem to work in a lot of homes that have these concrete fireplaces in them. Several years ago, they were being put in most of our new construction homes. They are gorgeous and expensive….. but sometimes the concrete can feel “cool”.
In an attempt to make them feel “warmer”, we glaze over the concrete with one of my all time favorite stains. It’s Stain and Seal made by Faux Effects (I have an entire post dedicated to Stain and Seal coming soon). It’s water based… it has a built in sealer….it works like a dream.
Here is a section as we were just starting. I didn’t try to work the stain into all the pits…. I liked the pits remaining light just to give it more interest. And…..we tried to leave the stain extra heavy in the cracks for the same reason. It shows off more detail and looks more interesting.
On occasion in my business, you get what is called….. “A Happy Accident”. Look what happened when we put the stain on this fireplace…… IT SHOWED CRACKLE!!!!! I was ecstatic!!!!!
The client, the designer and I were all THRILLED with the transformation.
Here are the after shots:
Hope you enjoy it!