DIY – How to Paint Pots to Look like Faux Cement Concrete Planters. Give old plastic pots a new life as a funky fake Concrete Planter! These are plastic planters I’ve recently finished painting to look like concrete/cement.
UPDATE – Find the FULL Step-by-Step Tutorial on how I did this here –
The plastic pots were old, a little faded and scuffed, but as they were large and overall still in sound shape and I had some paint available, it was well worth the effort to revamp them versus buying new and quite expensive pots.
After the first coat of light grey, I scrunched up newspaper (instead of using a sponge) and dabbed on darker grey. I also didn’t finish with a clear coat finish, as that was a product I did not have on hand and these planters won’t be in the weather.
(UPDATE – They have well and truly been out in the weather, but doing fine!)
Also finished, is this huge planter (over 1m tall). It’s made from a fibreglass ‘hull’ with a steel rim and a square planter slots in at the top only. Cost? $4 from the Tip Shop. It was in a shabby state, painted with thick paint that was peeling off almost like a lino floor. As much of this was removed, then it was spackled, sanded and primed.
In order to achieve a more coarse finish (I didn’t have any texture paint), I added … perlite! It is lightweight, looks and feels like tiny bits of pumice – you’ll find it in the gardening section of a hardware store or at your local plant nursery. An extra coat of paint ensured it ‘stuck’.Large (real) concrete planters retail for $100 plus and I’m happy that these ‘concrete painted’ pots look close enough to the real thing, so this project was worth it. A bonus – less weight to move!
UPDATE – In case you missed it, I’ve posted a complete …