Introduction

big-block basketweave design on a porch floor
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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To enhance this concrete floor, Brian Carter, a decorative painter in Atlanta, blew up a traditional brick pattern. He began with a base coat of charcoal-gray-tinted concrete sealer, then marked off the largest square possible, snapping a chalk line between two opposite corners. He then drew 2-foot squares coming off the diagonal. Each square became two alternating block-like rectangles, which he outlined with concrete sealer tinted pale gray. The pattern's diagonal orientation seems to stretch the length of the room while contrasting with the organic shapes of the stones in the fireplace surround and the stairs just outside.

Shown: H&C Concrete Sealer Solid Color (H&C Concrete) tinted to match Benjamin Moore's Kendall Charcoal HC-166 and Revere Pewter HC-172.
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    Tools List

    • roller tray
      Paint tray
    • roller frames
      Roller
    • paint roller with extension
      Roller pole
    • chalk line
      Chalk line
    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • wooden yardstick
      Yardstick
    • chalk
      Chalk
    • artist paintbrush
      ½-inch flat artist's brush
    • sponge
      Sponge

    Shopping List

    Concrete sealer, tinted. Get 1 gallon each of a base color and a lighter shade.

    Roller cover (½-inch nap for concrete)