Have you ever tried wanting to tear a piece of that kitchen paper roll to mop up spills or to line a plate for those fried bananas you’re about to take out of the pan? If you don’t have a kitchen roll holder, I hope you have something else handy. If not, watch this DIY video tutorial on how to make your very own concrete kitchen roll holder.
It’s a fairly easy DIY project to do but it does take time to prepare the concrete properly. Lots of drying time and tender loving care too. But in the end you get a functional tool for your (kitchen) paper roll, washi tapes, or even bracelets.
More DIY Projects from the Concrete Couple
We had a video tutorial series in 2018 by the concrete couple Pete and Sarah. They had several DIY projects that you can explore.
With the above tutorials, these are obviously new concrete so you just need to follow the DIY steps that you find in the videos.
If you are thinking of painting interior surfaces like walls or ceilings, our experts would advise you to be precise about how your prepare the surfaces. Only with careful surface preparation would you be able to achieve an excellent paint finish that will last you a long time.
Before painting, you have to ask yourself what kind of concrete are you dealing with. Is it new concrete or an already painted one? This is important to know because when you’ve established this, you will need to follow different procedures.
For new concrete, it is very important to allow it to cure for 14-28 days depending on the weather conditions. For those people like me who want to know why, it is because curing reduces the alkalinity and moisture in the surface so that paint can adhere to it. Otherwise, you may have common painting problems down the road, like peeling or flaking paint.
Boysen’s Standard Painting System
After curing, you can apply diluted Boysen Masonry Neutralizer #44. However if you will use a premium formulation like Boysen Permacoat Latex, you can do away with neutralizing. Read the two links above on proper surface preparation to know the step-by-step guide for concrete.
Once you’ve cleaned, treated, and dried off the surfaces, then this is the standard painting system, which I will call the 3 Ps (or P-P-P):
This is how you do the three Ps:
- start by applying the Primer,
- apply Putty to hairline cracks or imperfections,
- then Paint it with a topcoat.
Boysen Painting 101
You can watch our Painting 101 to help you with your DIYs. Just remember that there are different Boysen products and procedures for the different surfaces—concrete, wood, metal and drywall. What’s important is that you always use products that belong to the same paint family.