In this living room the concrete was cleared of tack strips and glue and then thoroughly cleaned. The lines and flowing curves were drawn freehand using green chalk. With an angle grinder and 4″ turbo blade, the lines were meticulously carved into the surface of the concrete prior to staining and sealing.
Cutting Pictures in Concrete with Diamonds
Then the 9″ outer border was acid stained red. After it was dry, Miracle Gro and ironite were used to camouflage the filled-in holes left from the carpet tack strips. The 3″ border was stained green, and then the area was neutralized.
Some parts of the scroll work were colored using Smith dye stain to match drapes and furniture. Some “windows” in the scroll work were left unstained. Next, white acrylic was painted into some parts of the cuts, Then the design was sealed, using solvent acrylic sealer, and waxed.
Mac Shepperson helped apply the acrylic in the living room and Luke Baston assisted in the project.
These hands are from a Michelangelo painting: “The Creation of Adam.” The design measures 18′ x 7′ and is in the entry to the Fine Arts Building at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Ark. The hands were drawn by artist Steven Ochs and engraved by Gerald Taylor, using an angle guide.
Then the hands were stained red, after which they came back and used a rubbing brick to create the highlights.
See the additional projects below where other contractors were cutting pictures in concrete