How to Decorate Concrete Walls


Decorating concrete walls can be a bit of a challenge. However, options exist that will make your concrete walls a decorating wonder. Utilizing the usual household decorating ideas in conjunction with your concrete will help you achieve a nicely finished looking area for your enjoyment. Add artwork, lighting solutions and floor coverings for a complete remodel.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete walls
  • Paint roller with ¼-inch nap
  • Concrete sealer
  • Concrete primer
  • Paint, compatible with concrete
  • Sponge
  • 2 by 2-inch lumber strips
  • Fabric
  • Clear thumb tacks or finishing nails
  • Small hammer

Painting Concrete Walls

  • Apply a layer of sealer to your concrete walls with a clean paint roller with a ¼-inch nap. Allow the sealer to dry for 24 hours. Clean the paint roller thoroughly.

  • Prime the walls with a concrete primer after the sealer dries completely. Use the paint roller to ensure adequate coverage and allow it to dry for 24 hours.

  • Paint the concrete walls with two to four thin layers of paint in the color of your choice, ensuring that you are using paint that is compatible with concrete.

  • Sponge the wall with a second color for added interest. Dip the sponge into a small amount of paint and gently press it against the walls in various directions.

Covering Concrete Walls with Fabric

  • Hang 2 by 2-inch strips of lumber along the top of the walls and halfway down each wall, using a construction adhesive, such as Liquid Nails. Spread an ample layer of the construction adhesive on the strips of lumber and press it against the walls, holding for 30 seconds. Allow the liquid adhesive to dry for 24 hours.

  • Attach your fabric to the top strip of the lumber using clear thumb tacks or small finishing nails. Work your way around the room, attaching one panel of fabric at a time.

  • Create drapes with the fabric by securing the fabric to the strip of lumber in the middle of the wall, pulling the fabric up gently to make it bell out over the second strip. Ensure that you pull the fabric straight up when creating the swag to avoid gaps in the wall covering.

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