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Recipe: Rustic Chic Stamped Concrete

A bluestone-stamped field trimmed with richly stained faux beams, this technique is perfectly suited for any room with an upscale rustic theme.

A bluestone-stamped field trimmed with richly stained faux beams, this technique is perfectly suited for any room with an upscale rustic theme.


Roadware 10 Minute Concrete Mender
Weld-Crete concrete bonding agent
Aggregate Industries 4,500-psi topping mix, with:
- BASF low-range water-reducing admixture, at 3 ounces per hundredweight of cement
- standard 1 percent dosage of Solomon Colors ColorFlo liquid integral color: Canvas
Legacy Accent Liquid Release
L.M. Scofield Lithochrome Antiquing Release: Charcoal
Proline Boardwalk Wood Plank Stamps: 12 inches by 48 inches
Proline Concrete Tools Seamless Texture Skins: Blue Stone
Legacy Fresco Stain: Hickory
L.M. Scofield Lithochrome Chemstain Classic: Faded Terracotta, Dark Walnut
Baking soda (for neutralizing)
ChemSystems CSI Concrete Dye: Elkhorn
Acetone (for dilution)
W.R. Meadows Decra-Seal
Butcher’s Iron Stone floor finish
Special equipment required: 1/8-inch concrete edger, terry-cloth staining pads, wax applicator mop


  • This application was tested as a topping poured over a rough slab with radiant-heating tubes. If you also intend to install on a slab, your first step is going to be to clean the existing surface thoroughly, especially any cracks in the substrate.
  • Apply the Roadware mender to any cracks and let set.
  • Use 2-by-4s to block off 12-inch-wide borders and dividers. These will be the accent spaces that you'll stamp with the plank pattern.
  • Apply a thin coat of Weldcrete bonding agent to the substrate.
  • Pour your topping mix into the borders and dividers at a depth of 3/8 inch.
  • Mix 3 gallons of liquid release with 12 ounces of the Charcoal powdered release.
  • Using Boardwalk stamps and the release mixture, stamp all of the border and divider areas.
  • Let the concrete cure overnight.
  • The next day, strip the 2-by-4 forms and cover the borders with painter’s plastic sheeting.
  • Pour the remainder of the floor (using the same topping mix), being careful to keep it flush with the borders.
  • Use a 1/8-inch concrete edger around the seams next to the borders to give them nice clean edges.
  • Using just the clear release, stamp the remainder of the floor with the blue-stone texture skins.
  • Let cure overnight and return the next day to remove the plastic sheeting and to saw-cut control joints.
  • Let the floor cure for three weeks before you come back with stains and dyes.
  • When your three weeks are up, wash floor thoroughly with water, and use a stiff brush to remove any residue left over from the release.
  • Mix the Hickory Fresco Stain at 4 parts stain to 1 part water.
  • Spray Hickory stain in an even coat over the entire floor, including the borders and dividers.
  • Mix, in another sprayer, a batch of the Faded Terracotta Chemstain half and half with water and fill yet another sprayer with water. Spray a coat of the stain across the entire surface, while also spraying water on the floor, to diffuse the color.
  • Let stains dry, and then clean off the residue with a solution of water and baking soda, mixing a 1-pound box into every 10 gallons of water.
  • Mix up a batch of the Elkhorn Concrete Dye, using one 5-ounce bottle of concentrate per 1 gallon of acetone, and spray at random across the surface.
  • On the borders, using a terry-cloth staining pad, apply the Dark Walnut Chemstain by hand to deepen the shadows in those areas a bit.
  • Neutralize and clean the floor and let dry overnight.
  • Apply three coats of Decra-Seal to the floor, letting each coat dry completely before applying the next one.
  • Finally, use your wax applicator mop to apply a coat of Iron Stone floor finish.

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