Concrete Becomes A Canvas

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Concrete is a canvas for Cindy Dashney. She can turn both old and new concrete into works of art with special paints and techniques.

She calls it "architectural overlay finishes for concrete."

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Cindy Dashney surveys one of the jobs she is most proud of. Working on her hands and knees, Dashney created a grouted, flagstone design on a concrete patio and walkway at a home in the Payson Pines area.

Dashney owns and operates The Concrete Designers. She started the business about six months ago, but has practiced the design treatment since 2002, training and working in the Valley before stepping out on her own.

"I had a big interest in it and love the artistic aspect. And it makes people happy," she said.

"It can make ugly concrete beautiful," Dashney said.

The application of the overlay can be done anytime; it doesn't have to be done when the concrete is poured. She said the technique could also be used to make the surface non-skid.

"It is a lot cheaper than pavers, tiles or flagstone and it can be used indoors, as well as outside."

The finish is low-maintenance; it won't peel; and requires resealing only about every three years, Dashney said.

An inside job she did was a perfectly scaled replica of the Seattle Seahawks football field for a child's room.

While flagstone is the most popular design for clients in the Rim Country, Dashney can also create tile, stone, marble and mosaic looks on concrete.

She said it takes from four days to a week to complete an average-size job.

Business is brisk, so those interested in talking with Dashney about a job should expect a two-week wait to see her. However, she is currently training someone to help her do estimates and some of the work, so that should reduce the wait time some.

She can be reached at (928) 951-0956 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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