Custom Fun: SkimStone bathroom

We have had the recent pleasure of helping a client with a “new build” bathroom. Our portion of the project was the floor and shower surround. The client chose SkimStone Decorative Concrete for these two surfaces. The bathroom will be a modern space and clean lines and sleek pieces.

first coat skimstone on a bathroom floorAfter two coats of bonding primer we installed the first coat of SkimStone using the color Storm. The floor finish will be seamless between the bathroom and walk-in shower. The hole in the center of the floor is for a free standing modern soaker tub. We can’t wait to post pictures of the finished product!

Skimstone decorative concrete on the shower floor and walls

A glimpse into the shower area.

The second coat of the floor was a skip trowel finish for movement and texture. We used Oystershell for this coat.

Finished bathroom floor with two color SkimStone decorative concrete application.

Just a touch of shine once the floor is finished with a seal coat. Now it’s ready for the rest of the bathroom to take shape.

The shower walls received a stenciled border in a tone on tone color palette for an understated element of interest.

A wave stencil adds interest to the cement walls.

Waves add interest to the cement walls.

The homeowner wanted a bench at the end of the shower.

The shower bench spans the full depth of the shower.

The bench was initially a corner seat, but upon further reflection the homeowner determined a full length bench would be more beneficial.

The bathroom has several windows. The main area has a big picture window by the location of the soaker tub. The shower has three windows to bring natural light to the area.

Skimstone shower surround

The shower head is flanked with two “windows” to the main bathroom area allowing light from the picture window above the tub to spill into the shower.

In a matter of days the floor and shower surround were finished! Look for pictures of the finished room in a future blog. We wouldn’t miss the opportunity to showcase such a modern room.

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Custom Fun: Best Western Pool Surround

When we speak of concrete work, “the guys”, custom jobs, and pool surrounds we aren’t generally referring to indoor pools. This time… we are. The Best Western Hotel in Ritzville needed some repair work done to their indoor pool. We waited for a “slower” season to tackle the project so we could ensure the installation was a success.

The pool surround had areas of discoloration and sealer delaminating. The guys tested the previous sealers with different chemicals to see what it would take to strip the surround. Those sealers were TOUGH. Nothing would break down the finish! So they sealed the room with plastic and tape got busy grinding the entire surround. The pool and spa had been drained to avoid making a huge mess in the water and giving the application a proper chance to cure thoroughly.

The grinding took all the previous layers of sealer and enough of the overlay off to start fresh. Our new finish was a system by Elite Crete called Quartz Broadcast Overlay. The finish has tooth and looks 1,000 times better than the failing system used before!

Artworks Spokane broadcast quartz overlay finish on the Ritzville Best Western Indoor Pool Surround.

A two tone design was chosen to highlight the lip of the pool.

Empty spa with new overlay finish on surround

Empty spa – removed any temptation for the boys to “take a break”…

Care was taken to ensure the joints and drains were taped and protected during the process!

The newly installed and completely cured concrete overlay was sealed with a very durable 2 part epoxy. Several layers were applied to ensure complete seal and create an even sheen.

Sealing the pool surround with a 2 part epoxy

The finished pool room at Ritzville Best Western Hotel.

The finished pool room with the sun shining in.

Now the pool is ready for another busy season of guests making memories while away from home – splashing, playing, lounging, and soaking. Please feel free to leave your comments. We love hearing from our followers.

Custom Fun: A Mural for North Town Mall

Look at what our Peggy has been up to. She began planning and drawing the initial concept on August 2. She researched old postcards and images that represent our great city.

By Monday, August 5, she was choosing final colors and gathering supplies. She doesn’t waste any time!

Tuesday morning she started with this

blank wall - ready for a mural

The size of the wall to be finished is approximately 13′ high by 26′ wide.

She got right to work and before the day was over she had made incredible progress.

just one and half days into the project and all the letters are blocked.

Letters are blocked, sky started, and drawing roughed in… after 1-1/2 days.

Back to work the next day…

2-1/2 days in and background is all roughed in.

Background is taking shape – including Mount Spokane, the Spokane River and falls, Gondolas, and Monroe Street Bridge.

And now for the FUN part. ūüėČ Each letter has a Spokane monument or well known event represented.

filling in the letters in the word Spokane.

The third day finds the O, K, N, and most of E filled in.

On the fourth and fifth days she filled in the A and the rest of the background…

Spokane postcard mural amost finished

only one letter left…

Riverfront Park images in the Spokane Postcard Mural

S contains images from Riverfront Park


O: The Garland District
K: Bloomsday and Hoopfest
A: Lilac Festival

N: is for North Town Mall

N: is for North Town Mall
E: Fairchild Air Force Base

The P contains logos from the local sports teams. She had to wait on approval from all the organizations to complete this.

The finished North Town Mall Spokane Postcard mural

The finished product! Not bad for 6 full days work. She’s a speedy one.

Love the finished product! Much better for the shoppers than a big white wall. She did a great job of camouflaging the door as well. You can’t even see it unless you’re looking for it! Job well done, Peggy! Way to represent Artworks.

Custom Fun: A mish mash of stuff…

OK – ya know what? We’re just like most of you. Sometimes we forget to take “Before” pictures… or we forget to send them to me – the blogger/graphic designer. But, it’s ok. Today, I’m going to show you a mish mash of stuff we’ve been up to. All of these projects have been completed by our muralist and faux finisher, Peggy Best. She’s awesome! Take a look at what she’s been up to the past three weeks.

Remember the restoration project we blogged about a few weeks ago (the one with all the smoke damage and Peggy on the high, high, high scaffold)? This is a photo of one of the bathroom vanities she glazed. Isn’t the architecture GORGEOUS?!

Custom bathroom vanitiesThis mural was done in one of the bedrooms in an adult group home.

mural of flowers in bedroomThis client wanted a faux niche above this fine furniture. I love how the bricks fade out… she’s talented I tell you!

faux niche That same client wanted Peggy to transform this beautiful armoire. Love the unexpected color inside.

chalk paint¬ģ armoireHere we had a painted fire place surround. The clients wanted it a bit softer. She glazed each brick – looks totally natural!

colored rock fireplaceThis is a custom painting. The “before” of this picture can be seen in any art store that carries blank canvases. ūüėČ

custom paintingAnd this is what it looks like above her mantle! AMAZING!

custom painting installedAnd finally, she helped these homeowners make their surround “blemish free”… can you find the speakers?

hidden speakersHow’s that for a mish mash?

Custom Fun: Back Porch Repair

The summertime season is synonymous with porch living. Whether you’re rocking in the swing, lounging in a chair sipping lemonade, or chatting on the steps with a neighbor, the porch is the place to both start the day or close it out. It seems great neighborhoods are made around porches.¬† So we were thrilled to help this family restore their back porch when they came to us. Located in an historic neighborhood, this porch had seen many seasons, summer BBQ’s, parties, and lazy days. The four distinct seasons had taken their toll on the concrete steps and walls. It was time for intercession and repair!

porch damage

Weather and use have left the wall cap and patio floor damaged.

the way to the job site.

This winding switchback was the perfect way to get the concrete and tools up to the job site.

Once the product and tools were unloaded and the work area set up, John, Paul, and Jake removed the failing cap.

the crumbling wall prior to Artworks involvement

Next, they used a grinder to remove the heaves and smooth the uneven surface.

larger cracks were repaired and patched with a cement patch.

Larger cracks were repaired and patched with a cement patch.

Once the surface was prepared they moved on to the wall. Forms were built to enclose the bricks that had been protected from the weather.

forms built and ready for concrete

Forms are built to hold the new concrete.

concrete in forms

Once the concrete has been poured, plastic is used to cover the fresh cement to ensure even cure.

With the patio and wall ready for color, the boys began acid staining. The end result will yield years of watching children play, sipping iced tea, and rocking the summer nights away.

the finished porch looking out to the street.

The new surface and beautiful color enhances the view.

the finished porch looking out to the backyard.

This backyard invites the garden enthusiast, afternoon-siesta-taker, and good-book-reader!

Back porch ready for some patio furniture.

The newly finished patio is just waiting for the perfect furniture to get back into the swing of summer living.

On to the next one. Summer and outdoor weather are fleeting and not long enough for the homes that need help! Stay tuned for more.

Custom Fun: Pool Surround

It’s our busy time of the year for exterior updating.

Here’s a recent project we completed. The pool surround had been stained and it was failing miserably. These photos are of the surface prior to ANY prepping.

color FAIL

This is how we found the surface.


patio and pool surround difference

The patio color did not match the pool surround color – another opportunity for Artworks to help!

pool surround

The pool surround.

So we came in and did a new decorative concrete overlay. The results speak for themselves. Nice to have the patio, pool surround and sidewalk match.


The walkway from the front to the back yard.


Don’t mind our blue tape… we take surface prep seriously!

pool surround

The finished pool surround with one cohesive look.

This project, like others, was at the mercy of the weather. We so appreciate customers with patience. The job was finished as quickly as possible while being held off due to rain. Our clients are thrilled with a job well done!

Here’s to a summer of sunshine and swimming!

Custom Fun: Historic Restoration

Our Peggy has been working out of the studio for what seems like EVER! She’s been deep in a project restoring an historic home. Take a look at this beauty built in the early 1900’s.

exterior of the home

This home has three stories AND a basement. It consists of four bedrooms, maids quarters (complete with separate stairway for “the help”), a sitting room off of the master bedroom, and a ballroom. There is a grand entrance, circular dining room, and breakfast room. These people knew what they were doing when they built this beautiful home so long ago.

So, what brings Artworks to such a lovely home as this? Fire. They experienced a very slow burning electrical fire that mainly caused lots of smoke damage. In fact the fire was such a low smolder no water was needed to extinguish it – however IT WAS HOT! The paint was melting off the walls and the combination of that and smoke damage caused the wall to look like a sepia toned mural of the mountains. The homeowners are so fortunate to have caught it in time. A home like this is a true treasure!

To restore it to it’s original glory Peggy has been working with Marcea Seimears, the lead designer. There are notebooks dedicated to each floor categorized by room. Peggy has been working on the main entry (over 14,000 square feet of walls), all the doors (20), all the woodwork, and the stair risers. She is also glazing in the dining room.

peggy up high

Comfortable with heights… good thing!

the finished stairway

The finished stairway.

doors galore

Over 20 doors coming off the entry way.

radiator cover

Customized radiator coverings with decorative relief.

Peggy is also glazing the circular dining room. These walls get a bit of a different finish – a strie in the light antiqued glaze.

circular dining room

The columns have decorative relief embellishments.

Once all of this is finished she will move on to a mural in the entry powder room as well as glazing the cabinetry for most of the bathrooms.

We’ll keep you posted as this project ensues.

Custom Fun: Curb Appeal

Take a look at this recent custom concrete overlay job we finished.

The homeowners had a previous overlay job done with a stamped rock finish. After several years of freezing, thawing, and “ice-melt”, the overlay began delaminating and failing. In an effort to repair and beautify once again, the couple contacted us to fix it.

Here are the before pictures:

chipped and delaminating concrete finish

concrete spalling

Here is a close up of the effected area.

one more view of the failing overlay

Another view of the front porch

Our guys patched the problem area to bring it back up to level. There was still sealer around the outer edges of the porch, so they prepped that concrete with a special bonding product and proceeded to cover the entire porch with another overlay. This time, rather than stamping the concrete, John hand carved stones in the finish. They then colored the concrete and sealed it.

Here is the finished product!

finished product overall

The finished product. There is no comparison!

close up

A close up of the color and stone shapes.

rez_after3_blogAnother set of satisfied customers! Now, on to the next outdoor job! The season is too short for all the concrete that needs attention!! Until next time, prepare to be inspired.

Custom Fun: Cabinet Updates

Cabinets… the most popular interior custom job we have right now. Currently we have five on the leader board and more in the works!

Chalk Paint¬ģ Decorative Paint is allowing people to see the cost advantage to updating your existing cabinets rather than tearing them out and replacing with new. In most cases our clients spend a quarter of what it would cost to start over! That’s significant in this economy. It is good stewardship, green, and opens limitless possibilities for design and color options.

We thought it would be fun to share some before and after photos of our kitchen projects.

paris grey - old white combo kitchen

These cabinets received a custom color – a combination of Paris Grey and Old White. They also have clear wax followed by dark wax for that subtle antique effect.

kitchen upgrade - painted cabinets, new concrete countertops, updated hardware

You can see the awesome transformation in this kitchen. A pass through was created. The island has a new poured and polished concrete countertop. The cabinets got crown molding and a coat of Old White. Updated hardware gives the modern feel the homeowners were after. We also did a concrete overlay on the outlying countertops with a coordinating concrete overlay back splash.

detail of Old White kitchen

A close up of the Old White cabinets, hardware upgrade, concrete countertop (overlay), and back splash.

new red cabinets

Yep… She went RED!! A total update with Emperor’s Silk and minimal distressing. The hardware simply received a coat of paint.

close up of red cabinets

A close up of the red cabinets.

Oak cabinets with a Graphite blend

Another set of Oak cabinets with a facelift of a custom Graphite blend.

Graphite blend cabinets

Close up detail of the custom Graphite blend – with light distressing.

Old White and Provence kitchen cabinets

These cabinets got some extra love! Old White covers the Golden Oak and Provence was used to embellish the detail of the doors. The PERFECT hardware was found and installed to complete the look. Although you can’t see it – the island was done in the contrasting fashion. The base is Provence.

awesome glass hardware for updated cabinets

I told you! This hardware was practically MADE for these cabinets. Sometimes the perfect find seems almost custom!

Here’s a “peek” at some of the upcoming kitchens we have in the works:

  • Burgundy base cabinets with Grey uppers
  • Black door and drawer fronts with a combination French Linen and Pure White base
  • Custom Green base with Color Wash uppers

Some fun stuff coming up! We’ll be sure to feature our future kitchens as well! Until then… what could you do in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room?

Sunnies FroSun Yogurt – Custom Fun

We love custom jobs. When we can go into someone’s home or business¬†and give them a finish that takes their space to the next level it brings us much satisfaction and joy. Plus, it’s just plain FUN! So we were thrilled when Molly, of Molly Scott Interior Design, came to us with a floor design for Sunnies FroSun Yogurt.¬†Her vision¬†included a floor that would be¬†both durable, and have the design elements and vibrant colors incorporated in the¬†theme for the¬†space. Sunnies FroSun YogurtSunnies concrete design 1One of the most durable finishes available on the market for concrete flooring is polishing the existing concrete. When concrete is polished, a chemical densifier is used to make it harder. Polishing happens with pads that contain different sizes of diamonds (fancy huh?). As you work up through¬†the various diamond grits you are also closing the pores, thereby making the floor very stain resistant. At this point color may be added to the concrete, making an otherwise drab grey¬†floor come to life.

Along the curved wall there is also a full color beach scene, so Molly and the owners of Sunnies wanted the blue in the floor to represent water, and the tan to be like sand on a beach.

Before the fun finish

Before the fun floor finish

We used our concrete grinder to remove an existing concrete stain, as well as some carpet glue and drywall mud.

After doing some color samples for the customer, we taped off each section and colored it as per the samples.

Check out the end result!

Finished product

Finished floor

photo 2a


If you get a chance, stop in and see the floor first hand… and have some “frosun” yogurt. Who’s gonna turn that down? I mean, really…

Sunnie’s FroSun Yogurt (beside Walmart)
Spokane & Shadle Park Center (Map It)
2228 West Wellesley, Spokane, WA 99205

We enjoy being able to take a client’s vision and make it come to life. They were so pleased they asked us to¬†finish the floor for their next location. We’re excited to have the opportunity to do what we love again soon!