Has any of you ever thought of making your own concrete wall. Well here you go, I have done it myself. It's easy peasy if you know how to! Here is a little tutorial of how to make your own concrete wall.

Step 1: STEP 1 - Before You Start

Preparing the wall before you start is essential. First of all you need to make sure it's clean and secured with masking tape, after that you can start doing the measurements. It's good to know how would you like to divide your wall before you put the grid on. I've decided to divide mine into nine equal pieces. I simply left some marks on the masking tape, so it was really easy to connect them when I needed. Having all of these done I applied some primer using a paintbrush and waited the next 12 hrs for it to dry.

Step 2: STEP 2 - Application

Depending on what type of concrete mixture are you using always follow the instruction given by the producer! I had to mix mine first and then I started the application using finishing trowel and stripping knife (this one was only used to put some mixture on a trowel, but you can use any other tool that will be handy for you). The whole process itself is very easy, but you need to be quick if you've got bigger surface to cover, because concrete dries out fast. So remember to allow yourself extra time for smoothing before it gets completely dry.You need to apply only a thin layer of mixture at the time (no bigger than 1-2 mm!). To get the real concrete effect you've got to stick the trowel in and out to the wet surface. Then let it dry for about 30 minutes.

Step 3: STEP 3 - Smoothing

Now when the whole wall is covered with concrete you can start smoothing it. Use the same finishing trowel to do that, but this time try to smooth the surface instead of making it rough. Don't worry if the mixture gets a little bit too dry, you can always spray it with some water, but remember not to leave it for too long. When it gets completely dry you won't be able to do anything!

Step 4: STEP 4 - Finishing

Now when the wall is almost done, but not completely dry yet you can draw the lines that you have marked at the very beginning. The best way to do that is to use a long spirit level and a spanner end. It's good if you can ask someone for help in here, if not just try to be very patient and precise. Once you make a mistake at this stage it can't be reversible! After all of these is done don't forget to add characteristic concrete panel circles. To do that use a paint roller with round end. Simply put it to the wall in the right place, turn around and here we go it's all done!

Step 5: STEP 5 - Drying

In the end let it dry for at least 24hrs and you may start enjoying your concrete wall.

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    7 months ago

    I want to do this but as a former remodeling contractor I has some big concerns. For one, I'd prefer to possibly make some actual precast tile that is ~24" x 48" in size or smaller around 18" x 36" and at 1/2 to 5/8" thick with chicken wire or lightweight expanded screen. And then I would anchor the tile to the studs with 1/4" bolts at ~ 2" long (for at least 1" of bite into wood studs). And I would specifically use fiber reinforced cement (not concrete) for this project. I do think the general "trowel on" method used in this instructable is of course easier, but my major concern is cracking and shear weight. Let me explain;

    With the method presented in this instructable it makes no mention of the best product to use, nor does it mention it's long term ability to stick to the wall, the total shear weight, etc. To be clear, if you just smear on regular cement, or even fiber-reinforced cement on a standard wall that is smooth drywall with latex paint, there is absolutely no guarantee that it's going to stick and not lift away from the wall, crack, and potentially fall off. There is no bonding substrate. So at very minimum, if taking this approach, I would use an expanded aluminum lathe sheet (like is used for exterior stucco), screw that tightly into the studs (so get a stud finder) and then trowel on the cement to about a 1/2" to 1.5cm thickness.

    The tighter/flatter you can get the lathe sheet, the thinner you could go with the cement application. So I hope anyone that reads this will understand that you can't just smear concrete or cement on any wall and expect it to easily stick and not crack or eventually fall off. I'm sorry but cement, especially thin cement, just doesn't work that way. Not unless it's got a lot of fiberglass and acrylic (glue essentially) mixed in to help it. And even then... I'd personally still use the lathe screen to structurally reinforce it.

    And again, the same basic methodology would be with making individual tiles that bolt to the wall. All cement and or concrete needs some type of structural reinforcement. If you don't want to do it right, with actual cement, then look at faux paint techniques or cement colored wall plasters instead which are essentially more like a drywall mud.


    Question 2 years ago

    Hi! I want to do this! It looks awesome!! What brand concrete did you use? Thanks!


    5 years ago

    Hi what type of brand of concrete did you use? Do you happen to know if
    certain brands have a lighter color cement versus others? Some people's
    DIY cement wall looks very dark and we are looking for something more
    on a light gray side (like your first picture)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice work my friend! What about that awesome pallet table you have out there?Where is instructable for that? :)


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! Well I guess I'll have to write one soon and in the meantime here is just a photo of it. I promise to write one about the dining table too! :-)