How to paint concrete

Concrete paint is specifically designed to cope with cars driving over it. It is a heavy duty thick paint which needs approximately seven days to cure.

What you need:

  • Concrete paint
  • Outside broom
  • Etch primer
  • Bucket of water
  • Power washer or garden hose
  • Degreaser 
  • Mineral turpentine
  • Paint roller
  • Paint brush
  • Masking tape (optional)

Painting a concrete driveway or floor

Check if there is moisture rising up through the concrete by taping a plastic bag down on the concrete and leaving overnight. If there is no moisture on the bag, then move on to the next step.
Sweep concrete to get rid of any debris.
Use degreaser on any oily spots.
Mix some etch primer into a bucket of water and scrub concrete with stiff broom, then let it sit on surface for 10 mins. 
Wash concrete with a power washer or hose and leave to dry.
Place masking tape around edges.
To get even first coat, dilute some of the paint with mineral turpentine (100 mls of turpentine per litre of paint you want to dilute).  
Paint edges with a paint brush and use a paint roller to cover the rest of the surface. 
Leave for sixteen hours to cure. 
Add a second coat of paint and leave for a full seven days to cure properly. 
A new coat of paint can be a great way to change the whole feel of a room. When choosing a paint colour for your home, it’s important to remember what the room will be used for. There’s no point in painting a bedroom bright orange when you want it to be relaxing.
Red can raise the energy level of a room as well as bringing people together. Painting living and dining rooms red is great for stimulating conversation, although can create a bold first impression when used in an entry way. Since it can create strong emotions it should be used in small amounts, such as a feature or accent wall.
Yellow encapsulates the joy of sunshine and happiness. It can also feel expansive and welcoming. It is an excellent choice for kitchens, dining rooms, and bathrooms, but is too stimulating to be chosen for a main colour scheme.
Blues are great for bedrooms and bathrooms as they are calming and serene. Although pastel blues can be can be chilly and unwelcoming. Warmer hues are great for social rooms like family rooms, living rooms, and larger kitchens. Although, it’s not recommended to use too much dark blues in your colour scheme.
Green is the perfect balance between the cheery of yellow and calming blues. It is considered the most restful colour of the eye.
Dark purples can be dramatic and sophisticated. It is great for adding depth to a colour scheme when used as a feature or accent wall. Lighter purples can have the same relaxing effect as pastel blues while not being as unwelcoming.
Orange is an energetic hue which means it would be perfect for an exercise room, rather than living or bedrooms.
Neutrals include black, white, grey and browns. They are great if you can’t decide or have strong accent pieces in the room. They can be used every room and work well with most colour accents. Black is best used in moderation and for adding a bit of drama to a room.
Now that you have a pretty good idea about individual colour choices, you’re ready to move to the next step, choosing a colour scheme. Our next blog will go through some easy tips for choosing a cohesive colour scheme.