10 Most-Read Blog Posts from Concrete Decor’s Website

Not everything we write or receive ends up in Concrete Decor. We have a section on the website for “Online Exclusives,” things that we don’t have space for in the magazine but are too good not to share.

Three of the top 10 most-searched-for blog posts on our website are about the use of metallics. An article about metallic coatings also was one of the top 10 most-searched-for articles on our website, so clearly, that is an area of interest. If you have any photos of your work with this versatile and visually interesting medium, please send them our way.

concrete dome home
Photo by John Strieder

1. Walkway for a State Trooper’s Widow
The nation was riveted by reports of the manhunt under way last fall in Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains for the man accused of a shooting that killed police officer Cpl. Bryon Dickson and wounded state trooper Alex Douglass. As it turned out, Dickson had visited Bart Sacco’s store, Kingdom Products, a week before he was killed to ask about repairing his walkway. After hearing of his death, Sacco and several others pitched in to complete the work. http://bit.ly/1zNRetb

2. Underground Concrete House in Oregon Ready to Be Transformed
A unique concrete dome home in Lorane, Oregon, was originally a residence for ministers who served the church across the street. Now the Vertical Artisans West Coast Training Center, it has been completely transformed. This blog post was about the first step in its transition. http://bit.ly/1LM32i3

metallic garage floor
Photo courtesy of Laticrete International

3. Metallic Red and Gray Tile Pattern Adds Pizzazz to Garage
This post was one of three top blog posts about metallics. A vibrant red-and-gray checked garage floor was completed by Michael R. Jensen of Atlanta Concrete Artist using 100 percent solids epoxy. http://bit.ly/1GHcRh2

4. Stone-Textured Overlay Transforms Maine Ski Resort
Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, is one of the state’s premier ski resorts. When it tore out 4,450 square feet of worn-out carpet and tile in its hotel, not just any floor would do. Michael Day of Day’s Concrete Floors Inc. in North Monmouth, Maine, used a thin stampable overlay to create the look of large stones. http://bit.ly/1J9vfzu

concrete finished with plaster
Photo by David Seils

5. Classical Relief Sculpture Made from Overlays and Plaster
David Seils, an Asheville, North Carolina-based designer, artist and relief sculptor, applies an overlay to walls to create intricate, one-of-a-kind dimensional wall pieces. http://bit.ly/1GHdyqC

6. Use Two Colors of Metallic Powder for a Two-Tone Coated Floor
Two-color metallic floors, like the one created by Jon Kopp of Quality Epoxy in Gilbert, Arizona, create dramatic visual interest with flow and movement. http://bit.ly/1J9vhHK

7. Concrete Decor Show Announces Dates and Location for 2014 Event
In further proof that the Concrete Decor Show continues to grow in popularity, no other year’s show announcement made it on this list. Visit www.concretedecorshow.com for details about the 2015 event to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2. http://bit.ly/1HUJBST

ergonomic concrete chair
Photo courtesy of Hotwire Direct

8. Molding an Ergonomic Concrete Chair in About 24 Hours
Chris Rousseau of Hotwire Direct shared with us his experience in making a molded concrete chair with the help of one of his company’s performance CNC foam-cutting machines. He measured different parts of his body to dial in the chair’s measurements and then created the seat in a span of about 24 hours. http://bit.ly/1AADWl0

9. Stylish Concrete Block Bench Demonstrates the Value of Workshops
Justin Burd, formerly of Tribe One Customs and now with Set In Stone along with Nathan Smith, led a Concrete Decor Show workshop in 2012 that produced a stylish concrete bench for a youth center. Burd and Smith were our Artisans in Concrete in October 2014 for work similar to the modern concrete bench featured in this blog post. http://bit.ly/1FQwUc4

10. Dyes and Metallics Combine for Glowing Floor at Baby Accessories Store
Don Pinger of Custom Concrete Solutions in West Hartford, Connecticut, used a unique combination of dyes and metallic epoxy to achieve a six-color floor for a baby accessories shop. http://bit.ly/1GHdRlr

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