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Monday, May 18, 2020

How to Make Paint Look Like Concrete


The most inexpensive and easiest way to paint anything to look like concrete!


It's been MONTHS since I shared a Dollar Store DIY, but today I'm back sharing a simple budget-friendly craft.  How to paint plastic to look like concrete!   

I love a good Dollar Tree makeover, so when I saw a variety of plastic planters at my local store I knew right away I wanted to give them a concrete inspired makeover.  With just a few simple supplies (that I had on hand!) I was able to give plastic planters the perfect faux concrete look.

          Spring entryway with faux concrete painted planter

- SUPPLIES USED TO CREATE THE LOOK OF CONCRETE -
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- Plastic Planter (Dollar Tree)
- Rustoleum Stone Gray Spray Paint
- Fusion Mineral Paint (Casement)
- Sponge
- Cardboard or Dropcloth


(You don't necessarily need to use these specific paints/colors.  You can use whatever light gray, dark gray and white paint you have on hand.)  

- HOW TO GET THE LOOK OF CONCRETE WITH PAINT -

Dollar Tree had a bunch of different styles of planters to choose from.  I picked one that I thought I could paint to look the most like concrete.  

STEP ONE:
Lightly sand plastic planter with 400 grit sandpaper. 
Dollar Tree plastic planter and painting supplies

STEP TWO:
Spray plastic planter with a light coat of Zinsser Shellac spray primer
Prime plastic dollar tree planter
STEP THREE:
Spray planter with Rustoleum Stone Gray spray paint.  You can use any light gray spray paint or chalk paint that you have on hand.
Spray painting planter with light gray spray paint

gray painted plastic planter
STEP FOUR:
Use a sponge to dab on dark gray paint in various areas around the planter. 

dab on dark gray paint in various areas around planter

STEP FIVE:
While the dark gray paint is still drying, randomly dab white paint onto the plastic planter.   This creates depth and dimension and a natural concrete look. 

            Apply white paint over gray paint
STEP SIX:
Blend the two colors together, making sure to wipe the paint in multiple directions.
Blend gray and white paint together
STEP SEVEN:
Smooth out the paint with 400 grit sandpaper.
How to get the look of concrete with paint
 Place a plant into your new faux concrete painted planter and enjoy!
How to make paint look like concrete

Dollar Tree plastic planter turned concrete planter

how to make anything look like concrete

I love how simple and easy these painted concrete pots were to create.  The best part is, you can use Dollar Tree planters and paint you already have to create the perfect concrete look.  

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How to get the look of concrete with paint


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