The whole kitchen is sparkling – new cabinets, new paint, and a fresh backsplash. However, the countertops are still the same dull gray color. Freshen them up with some cement dye in a bold favorite color.
It is not necessary to keep the same old humdrum gray concrete anymore. Today, vibrant colors can bring life to garage floors, basements – anywhere in the home. The low or no VOC’s are far less dangerous than traditional paints, too,
These dyes work differently from stain, only affecting the top layer of the concrete. There are no chemical reactions. Change the color in a few years without a problem. Stains are permanent and more complicated to change. An added bonus – these dyes are an easy DIY project! No need for an expensive professional. Using a mop, a paint roller with a long handle, cement dyes, and sealer, people can have beautiful floors in no time.
Do a little prep work before starting. It is imperative that the cement is clean and dry. Dirt will mar the dye job, leaving tiny pieces of sand and debris in the area. Use a stiff brush and broom to thoroughly clean the area. Also, the area must not have a sealant on it. This will prevent the dye from absorbing into the pores of the concrete. Test a discreet area with a little water. Apply a few drops of water. Did it absorb into the cement or did it form a bead? If it beads, the surface has sealant on it. If the cement absorbs the water it is not sealed. After determining that the surface is not sealed, use a concrete cleaner and etcher. This prepares the surface to accept the dyes. Tape off the edges of the area. Now it’s time to roll. Allow fifteen minutes between coats. Use as many coats as necessary to achieve the right color. Finally, seal the area. Allow it to dry.
Cement color options are vast. Gone are the days of settling for brown or green. Today, people can choose from vivid purple, gold, cobalt blue, and red. Match to a specific color scheme or use the area as an accent. Mix colors for a mottled effect. If the area is being used as a man cave – choose sports-related colors from a favorite team. Dining areas can be luxurious with gold floors and rich wall color. The application of a cement dye can transform an area. Recreate a dining room with a gold floor. Summon more Zen in a yoga room with pale blue color. Draw the eye to bold red countertops in the kitchen. Use the color to make an area seem larger or smaller. Think of the dramatic appeal a purple floor would have with white walls. Decorating is easy with this new option in flooring or countertops.
Since this is not a stain, it is only semi-permanent. The dye can be changed if it no longer matches. Decorating ideas change all the time. There is no need to continue on with colors that don’t work anymore. Change it. Go bold. Soften an area. Add a designer touch without a designer price tag. Think about it. In as little as one weekend, those ugly countertops will be gone – replaced by beautiful shiny ones. That garage floor can go from humdrum to va-va-voom! A dreary basement can be a dreamy sanctuary for reading and relaxing. Change the cement. Change the whole area.