Vol. 16 No. 8 – November/December 2016

Art Collector Begins Stenciling Concrete Counters and Tables

Fabien Mené, a French native and art collector, never thought he’d find himself working in decorative concrete. It all started after studying art at the Charles de Gaulle University— Lille III. The idea of creating stenciled tables came to him after making bar counters in a class and wondering if he could add a stencil to the bottom of a casing.

Don’t Let Ghosting Haunt Your Concrete Work

My contractor placed blue painter’s tape on the concrete for a few days to mark the placement of cabinetry. The tape was removed and the concrete was sealed with two coats of 25 percent solids acrylic sealer and two coats of acrylic finish. A few days later the concrete was discolored and had evidence of where the tape had been placed. No surface damage to the concrete was evident.

Ultimate Entertaining Backyard Has Cast-Concrete Features

“Graceful Curves.” That’s what Scott Cohen and his team at Green Scene Landscaping and Swimming Pools call a recent backyard masterpiece in Malibu, California. Cohen describes it as the ultimate entertaining backyard that has everything and then some — including a pool that makes you feel like you’re in a giant lake.

Concrete Decor Show Pro Bono Endeavors Brighten Stay for Families of the Ailing

At the seventh annual Concrete Decor Show in San Diego, California, world-class instructors and eager students from around the globe joined their talents and enthusiasm to breathe new life into the outdoor surroundings of the Bannister Family House, which provides a home-like environment for people with family members in long-term at the nearby hospital.

Expectation Management Should Be Part of Conversation with Customers

Have you ever been in the process of completing or had just completed what to you was an amazing architectural concrete project only to be told by your client:
“It’s not what I was expecting.”
“Meh! It looks kind of ‘blah.’ I thought the color would ‘pop’ more.”
“I don’t like it.”

Decorative Concrete Live

Join Concrete Decor magazine and the Concrete Decor RoadShow as we showcase the wonders and innovations of decorative and architectural concrete in a homelike setting at the 2017 World of Concrete. On a 40-by-40-foot concrete stage in the outdoor Concrete Surfaces & Decorative Pavilion across from the South Hall, Decorative Concrete LIVE! will feature displays alongside demonstrations of horizontal and vertical concrete finishes that can be used in quality homes of any size and style.