Thursday, August 4, 2011
Turning a problem area into a focal point
Pretty ugly right? This concrete pad was found under 4 layers of floor during a kitchen restoration project. There are no clues as to why this was here - maybe remnants of an old hearth or porch? My guess is that the flooring was used in part to cover up the ugliness, but the customer removed the flooring down to the original hardwood and now needed to deal with this concrete mess.
First order of business was to clean the old concrete, removing the residual glue, and then skim coat the entire area with a cement mix, filling all the pitted areas. After that was dry I applied Loxon to prepare the surface for painting.
I sketched out my design to show the client. I was originally planning to do a portrait of their bulldog in the center medallion, but the client requested a monkey in fancy clothes....OK, I can do that....thought it was a bit odd at first, but now I like it.
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