Guest Bedroom Goes For Concrete (DIY ARDEX Concrete Walls)

Guest Bedroom Goes For Concrete (DIY ARDEX Concrete Walls)

UPDATE- We just got our flooring laid in the bedroom! Here’s the updated look! 


Hey Friends!  We have had lots of readers asking where to find ARDEX products.  The first place you should check is the ARDEX Preferred Partners Site.  You will be able to search for distributors and contractors in your area.  If you can’t find one near you, you can contact our local Tulsa distributor.  We have talked with them and they are willing to ship ARDEX directly to you!! 🙂  Here is their info-

Professional Flooring Supply
3751 South 73rd East Avenue
Tulsa OK 74145
Phone: 918-301-4737

Ok, on to the post!  As most of you know, I worked at Anthropologie as the display coordinator (that means I made and installed all the window displays & the displays inside the store) about a year ago.  Although it wasn’t the dream job that I had hoped it would be, I still visit Anthros all over for creative inspiration!  I also get their monthly catalog.  As a matter of fact, this photo (below) from the July catalog caught my eye.

Picture 10

I love the wall treatment in this picture and it is exactly the look I wanted to create for our guest bedroom.  Even before I saw the Anthro photo, I knew that I would be using ARDEX to achieve a very similar feel!  As a matter of fact, we covered a wall in our previous home with ARDEX and loved the way it turned out!  Here is that wall. . .


Anyway, after our first ARDEX concrete wall held up perfectly, we had no fears when it came to giving the product another go in our new living space!  So, I took the same steps as I did last time. . .


Step 1- I wiped down the wall with a wet rag to remove any dust.

Step 2 -I mixed the Ardex with water until it was a thin pancake batter consistency.
Step 3- And then I used a drywall knife to spread the product on the wall.
There is no right or wrong way to spread the product on. I simply kept my pattern completely random to give the wall a hand-troweled look. You can see some trowel marks in a few of the close-ups below.  If you don’t like that inconsistent look you can sand the marks out, but I’m a fan so I left them.
I let the first coat dry completely (you can tell when it’s dry because it changes colors- it gets lighter. In the photo below you can see that the top part of the wall has dried ARDEX on it (and therefore is light) while the lower portion that Natalie is working on is darker.


We did learn during this installment that you should plan to cover a whole wall at once.  If you do half the wall and let it dry completely, and then come back to finish the rest of the wall, you might be able to see a color difference in the two areas.  If you make this mistake, don’t worry. Just start over and coat the whole wall at once.  You can make these coats very thin, just enough to cover the color.

So, here was our room before. . .

And here it is after. . . 

I love the texture that the troweled concrete gives!  It’s so pretty to me! I could have chose to go with a flat paint finish in this room, but I am thrilled that this technique gives us some subtle variations. 🙂

Next up in this room is installing the flooring!  Stay tuned for that! 🙂

This article has 4 comments

  1. Kim

    Would this be a good product for bathrooms? Would it hold up in a shower? I love the look and think it would be a good alternative to tile if it worked in wet environments (no grout!)

  2. annapolis

    That looks awesome, Kara! Me and my DIY husband may do this when we are out of a rental and back in house mode. We love the industrial/minimalist look and this is right up our alley!

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