My previous post How to Paint Pots to Look like Faux Cement awhile back showed the results of this painting technique and now I have re-done another pot and this time took photos of all the steps involved along the way.
So here is the FULL TUTORIAL – Complete with Step-by-Step Instructions.
I have showed larger images and the steps, PLUS down the bottom of the page, you’ll find a handy reference of summarised images (smaller format), to help if you are actually doing the tutorial while on a tablet or phone.
You will need:
- A plastic pot. Old as long as structurally sound, or buy a cheap plastic one.
- Sanding Block or Sandpaper
- Dust Mask. If your pot is old, or avoid windy days for sanding.
- Soft cotton rag. I used an old flanny shirt.
- Paint Brush. I used a 2″ or 5cm brush.
- Container for Mixing Paint. An old plastic takeaway container works!
- White and Black Paint. I used leftover ‘house’ paint – seems to last.
- Aluminium Foil. About the size of a piece of paper.
- Plain Paper. 1 piece only.
- Disposable Rubber Gloves.
- Newspaper. If you have nowhere you can safely make a mess.
Sand the pot with a sanding block or sandpaper.
Ensure all over sanding coverage in random patterns to minimise the shine.
If it is an older pot, you may make a bit of dust. If this is the case, avoid sanding on windy days or wear a mask.
Wipe dust away thoroughly with a damp cloth rinsed in water.
Pour some white paint into your takeaway container. First coat of paint is … white.
Use a criss-cross pattern to ensure it really gets into the ‘grain’ of the plastic.
Work in sections and as it is starting to dry, use the tip to ‘stipple’ the paint in places to create texture.
Move around and continue to paint in a criss-cross pattern and stipple randomly.
Don’t forget to do the internal ring of the pot too. Just enough and the soil will cover the bottom part.
Mix a little black paint into the white to create a light grey. If you have green, you can add a tiny bit (optional).
Use the same technique as before. Criss-cross and stipple to your hearts content. Random is better.
Also as the paint was almost dry, I dragged the paintbrush along in areas to create a drier looking texture.
It looks okay as is, but there are a couple more steps to completion. At this stage rinse your brush out clean.
Add MORE black to your mixture to create a darker grey. Grab an additional takeaway container of water and dampen your rag completely first before putting in the paint. Notice the paint is marbled – that’s okay too.
Now use your soft rag to ‘sponge’ onto the pot. Work only in small sections.
BEFORE it gets too dry, rub the rag (you may need more water) to soften the look of the ‘splodges’.
Rubbing helps create a texture where some of the lighter shades show too, like real cement or concrete.
Again, you could leave like this, but there is just one more step.
Hopefully you rinsed your brush out from a few steps before, because you will need black or very dark grey on your brush. Add a little paint to a piece of aluminium foil. Add water as required. Put on your rubber gloves.
Flick across the bristles of the paintbrush to create paint splatters or ideally small dots. The paper is for practice.
When you have your technique down, splatter paint on to the pot. Above is what worked best for me – I tried to get a photo to show, but at the time I had no one to take a photo for me, so I am balancing trying to hold the brush and the camera. I think you can get the gist of it. I flicked the brush across my fingers onto the pot. Always splatter from directly ABOVE the pot, in case it dribbles down the sides rather than splatter around the pot.
Hope you put on your rubber gloves! You’ll need them!
Finished! You can coat with clear if you like but …
The pots I painted from my original post have taken a beating out in the Queensland weather (even though I said they probably wouldn’t be outside – they have been!) for months now and are still fine, so a clear coat is optional.
So that’s it – How to Paint Pots to look like Cement FULL TUTORIAL finally complete. Not that difficult, but taking the photos along the way has hopefully helped to show the entire process now and what’s involved. Hope you found it useful.
So here are the How to Paint a Pot like Cement / Concrete images in a SUMMARY for you too.
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Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this tutorial and how it worked out for you!