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Former Preschool Teacher Now Masters the Trowel

Carved concrete by Cindee LundinAbout 25 years ago, Cindee Lundin took a leave of absence from her job as a preschool teacher and enrolled at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota to work on her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. She already had two associate degrees — one in art and the other in child development — but state laws were changing back then and she needed a more advanced degree to continue to teach in public schools.

Vanessa Salvia and Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
How to Use Sponges to Color Concrete

Applying an overlay to concrete with a rollerI’m not a fan of overlays unless they’re necessary, I continually compete against knockdown finish companies that prefer them. Most of my competition uses overlays on pool decks and patios no matter what. This gives me a unique spin to compete against them.

Rick Lobdell
Oct 16, 2018
Wine Caves Built with Bridge System

In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016.In the heart of northern Michigan wine country near Traverse City, Mari Vineyards opened for business in May 2016. The 31,000-square-foot facility was equipped with the usual amenities of a first-rate winery as well as an extensive underground barrel-aging area that has the qualities of a cave.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 16, 2018
The Playful Vibe of Crafted Tide Concrete Pool Stones

Concrete tide pool stonesDecorative concrete wizard Tom Ralston is a familiar name to Concrete Decor readers for his elaborate, multifaceted homes and backyards. But there’s another side to Ralston’s work: the wildly creative stuff that’s almost pure fun.

John Strieder
Apr 5, 2014
Restoring High Traffic Areas Using Concrete Overlays

The floors of this 80,000-square-foot outdoor mall on the island of Kauai were patchy, cracked and worn out. One sweeping restoration changed everything.The floors of this 80,000-square-foot outdoor mall on the island of Kauai were patchy, cracked and worn out. One sweeping restoration changed everything.

Amy Johnson
Apr 12, 2007
Film-Forming Concrete Sealers and Their Effect on Color

Sealing concrete with a film-form concrete sealer changes the appearance of the colored concrete below.If you think clear sealers won’t affect the color of concrete, you’re right in some instances and wrong in others.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Oct 9, 2011
Concrete to Dye For

Chemical or acid-based reactive stains color concrete by a very different mechanism. The acid catalyzes a chemical reaction with the lime in the concrete, creating a variegated, dappled effect. Pigments in the stain impart color. Colors of reactive stains are similar to colors that occur naturally in stone, so the palette is somewhat limited.Concrete dyes are tailor-made for color adjustment on staining jobs, and on their own, they offer an endless array of colors. So release your inner artist and give 'em a try!

Amy Johnson
Aug 25, 2006
Plywood Surface Patterns and Textures Yield Variety of Concrete Finishes

Plywood Surface Patterns and Textures Yield Variety of Concrete FinishesConcrete finishes are typically intended to be smooth — polished even. There are polishing machines and sealants aplenty to achieve that flawless look. Careful selection and use of plywood concrete forms can also influence the finished appearance and texture. Various specialty and textured panels are available.

Heather Rasmussen
Dec 18, 2017
Fashion Show Mall Gets Major Upgrade With Concrete Features

concrete in the Fashion Show Mall in Las VegasIn a city where each new project shines brighter than the last, an old favorite is taking on a new sparkle.

K. Schipper
Jan 16, 2016
Brandon Gore Asked to Judge Furniture Competition Show on Spike TV

Concrete artisan Brandon Gore pouring concrete into formsConcrete artisan Brandon Gore of Gore Design Co., Hard Goods and Concrete Design School was tapped to be a judge on a new competition reality show on Spike TV. Framework is the first competition show based around the challenge of furniture design and construction.

Editors
Jan 6, 2015
Basic Facts About Colloidal Silica Densifier

Colloidal silica densifier on concreteColloidal silica was introduced as a concrete densifier many years ago, and it has proven itself a reliable tool for concrete polishers and others needing to harden or densify cured concrete surfaces. However, there is widespread confusion about what it is, and this confusion can lead to misinformation. This article attempts to bring some clarification.

David Loe and Steven H. Miller, CDT
Aug 19, 2013
For Bomanite Personal Relationships are Part of the Plan

Dan Sieben, Mike Bernath, Brad Bowman and John Wilcox pose at a social dinner in the late '80s.A good marketing strategy was only part of the overall picture. Just as crucial to Bomanite’s long-term franchising game plan was the networking — the sharing of expertise and innovations among the highly diverse and widely dispersed franchisees.

Editors
Jan 9, 2016
Concrete Ribbons Beautify Courtyard in San Francisco

Concrete ribbons, benches made of twisted concreteWhen the U.S. General Services Administration decided to renovate the federal office building at 50 United Nations Plaza in downtown San Francisco for its own use, officials set out to make the building a model of environmental sustainability.

Gail Elber
Jul 15, 2014
Acid or Water-based Stains to Color Concrete are a Matter of Personal Preference

The choice of acid or water-based stains to color concrete is near equally divided.What's the difference between concrete and decorative concrete? One of the first indicators is whether it has the dull gray color of … well, concrete, or if it incorporates a natural or even not-so-natural hue, tone or shade. Of course, there are also several ways to add color to concrete, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

K. Schipper
Mar 17, 2018
Resolving Moisture Problems in Concrete

What is white stuff coming out of my concrete.Don't let moisture problems put a wet blanket on your concrete work. Here are some solutions.

Christina Camara
Dec 17, 2003
What to Expect When Mixing Concrete With Glass

Looking closely at a bar top that is inlayed with glassUnlike water and oil, glass and concrete do mix and can marry well under the right circumstances. On the other hand, the union may not remain solvent if the chemistry isn’t there to deter the main reason this coupling would meet its demise: alkali-silica reaction (ASR).

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Jul 9, 2011
Creating Concrete Outdoor Kitchens in Cold Climates

An inviting outdoor kitchen with concrete countertops and a stamped concrete patio in a cold climate.Outdoor kitchens are a popular request no matter where you live, but typically when you read a book or see a television show featuring outdoor kitchens, the contractor is doing them in a warm climate.

Jason Geiser
Apr 19, 2012
Vibrant Epoxy Floors Match this Restaurant's '50s Vibe

The Corvette Diner job involved the application of epoxy that shows off checkerboard, curve and circle patterns in black, white, bubblegum pink and turquoise.The floors at this theme restaurant are alive with eye-popping pinks, blacks and sparkles. But the story about how they were sealed is just as much of a conversation-starter.

Natasha Chilingerian
Nov 10, 2010
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