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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Make bare cement look good?






Paint it, Gold leaf it, verdigris it, weather it!




All of my fireplaces are made of pre-cast cement
and all of them have been painted with water-based acrylic paints.
I painted our very large Hall fireplace to look as if it were made of stone




I added gold leafing to the shell and painted the cement to mimic marble for our upstairs bedroom fireplace.




Dust off the dirt and start painting.  No primer necessary
This urn has been out in our harsh weather for more than 17 years...no sign of peeling or fading




Even synthetic stucco can be painted with acrylic paints




I need to finish the door surround




The upper part (Trumeau) of our living room fireplace
also made of pre-cast cement pieces and painted with water-based  paints.  A sealer (Okon) is a good idea for the hearth so you can clean it now and then




A cement garden urn painted 




 If you can wait a few years, nature is the best Artificer of them all




A little paint and a little help from the weather is all it takes. 

Gina




11 comments:

  1. You can paint and beautify ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! It's all wonderful! I love the versatility of concrete and you've shown that it can be even more so!!!!

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog!

    I think you and your blog are amazing!!!

    Hugs/blessings,
    Lana In Italy

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  2. Wonderful examples in this posting, and I'm glad to see more of your clever handiwork. So many people are timid about paint — as though it can't be redone!

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  3. I love your light hand. The colors are nice and believable and your marble is perfect on the mantles.

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  4. Room Service ~ Decorating 101July 3, 2011 at 6:10 AM

    You are good my friend. 5 stars

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  5. How wonderful is this! Thanks for showing us this. I now want to go and buy an urn. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home! Have a great weekend!
    Sherry

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  6. Your site is absolutely beautiful! I'm new to blogging and am your new follower. My website is twaniahayesthompson.com. I look forward to meeting you on etsy.com where I'll have my art and a vintage store.

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  7. Gina, You have made these beautiful things even more gorgeous with paint. The piece above your fireplace is fabulous!
    xo,
    Sherry

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  8. Hello, dear friends, Blue Moon, Lana, Mark, Splenerosa, Theresa, Room Service, Sherry, Twania, Sherry (No Minimalist) and Angie, I'm overwhelmed reading your praise. Thank you so much for making me feel so special, Gina

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