The concrete resurfacing project near Lima, Ohio that we completed this past week was in a typical screened-in patio . . . nothing unique or different about the concrete surface here (plain & gray). The homeowner entertained often and he told us that a lot of time was spent between his kitchen and his screened-in patio and he was tired of the ugly look of plain concrete.
Day one of our three day concrete makeover involved diamond grinding the surface to properly profile the concrete to allow our polymer cement to soak deep within the concrete capillaries (we darkened this base coat with black mineral pigment to create a dark grout line for our design we would be making the following day).
On day two, we used 1/2″ fiber tape to design our Ashlar Slate pattern of random squares and rectangles. After our pattern was down, we hand troweled our Venetian Stone texture (with a bit of Buff pigment mixed in) over the entire surface and tape.
On the third on final day of this project, we first pulled up the embedded fiber tape, cleaned the surface and then mixed-up a combination of a couple water-based stain colors. We used this first stain color to randomly darken several individual squares and rectangles with foam brushes.
After allowing the stain to fully dry we pulled the masking paper and applied to coats of our acrylic sealer. Next we, use a lighter version of that brown stain to spray over the entire textured surface.