I made it from an original photograph taken by me (of my beloved Monstera obliqua!) and tweaked it.
Please credit if you use it somewhere, Thanks!
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:
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.
Available in PDF Download Also –
Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried this tutorial and how it worked out for you!
Hard to Kill Houseplants that can Kill You. Quite often a seedling will pop up out of the garden and out of curiosity, I usually let them grow to see what they turn into. This was the case recently, when I let grow what I thought was a herb, seeing as it was in the vicinity of where I’d been growing various herbs and scented geraniums (pelargoniums).
It had a feathery, ferny appearance and looked a little like coriander, flat leaf parsley or was it a carrot? I crushed a little and smelled … it was neither. Thankfully I didn’t end up taste testing it (you know that little inner voice saying noooooo!) because after a little research, it was hemlock … HEMLOCK (Conium maculatum)! WHAT!!!
After reading the Brisbane City Council Weed Identification Tool, THAT was what I’d been looking after – a widespread weed in this area and HIGHLY POISONOUS! People have died from thinking it was a ‘salad’ ingredient. Socrates was the tragic victim of being poisoned with this ‘weed’.
There are many plants around us that perhaps we don’t realise just how toxic they can be. Those plants living among us, sharing our lives indoors – they too could be a killer! In all seriousness, I have all 4 of these robust and hard to kill indoor plants
lurking living in my home and while they provide a filter for clean air – just be sure that you, your children or your pets don’t take a nibble on them …
AKA ZZ Plant, ZeeZee Plant and Zanzibar Gem
All parts are toxic for you and your pets. Even when handling, use gloves.
AKA Arrowhead Plant
Intense burning and irritation of the mouth, nausea, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
Poisonous for you and your pets.
AKA Dumb Cane
Called Dumb Cane for a reason. Not just because it would be a stupid thing to do to eat it. Tongue, lips and throat swell and burn causing you to become dumb (unable to speak) and may block your airway. Highly toxic for pets and humans.
AKA White Flag and Peace Lily
Do not let this be a Rest in Peace Lily. Oral burning and irritation, vomiting and difficulty swallowing.
Toxic for you and your pets.
So, how many of these common indoor house plants do you have? Just be sure that if you do have inquisitive little ones, cats or dogs, do your research for plant toxicity and maybe not have the poisonous ones at all for the time being – there are still plenty of non-toxic varieties to choose – but again … RESEARCH.
Of course, if you fear that poisoning may have occurred, immediately call your Poisons Information Line or (Emergency) Vet in the case of furry friends.
Here it is when I purchased it (below)…
This is what is looks like now (about 15 months growth) …
It became apparent that it needed to be replanted, because the brain was getting too big!
I purchased a 21cm Terracotta Florentine Bowl, about $5. The drainage hole was quite large and as I’d be using quite a sandy mix, I covered it with a small piece of flyscreen, so to allow the water to drain freely without all the potting soil with it.
For the soil mix, I used –
I was trying to replicate what it had been growing so well in, in the skull planter – but only time will tell.
Although not the spiniest of cacti, I used some thicker rubber gloves while holding upside down trying to dislodge the cactus from the skull. I also haven’t shown where I was poking around with a skewer trying to loosen the roots of the BRAIN …
So, here it is replanted. It doesn’t look quite so spooky now, but at least it will have room to expand.
I was speaking to someone who is quite the cacti expert (I am by no means NOT) and they said that these are usually very hard to keep because they rot. All the advice I can give is that I remember to water it lightly now and again (not to set schedule and only on the soil) and it lives in full sun, but out of the rain (positioned on a table under a patio where the sun for the most part of the day shines in). I hope it continues to thrive, but after the re-potting, it could be under a little stress.
Anyone else keep a brain cactus and how is it going?
Free Set of Monstera Leaf Printables. Pictured above shows the print I’ve designed using one of the leaves from my Monstera plant, as inspiration. It’s designed to fit an 8 x 10″ frame (you’ll need to trim the paper to fit if you don’t use photo paper), but you can just print it on A4 paper (as above) and stick it to the wall with washi tape like I did. If you’re not in Australia, just your standard printer paper should be fine too.
Or download all 3 – FOR FREE 🙂
By the way, if you just try printing the images above, they will not come out great as they are in low resolution. For the best resolution prints, please click on the Monstera Leaf images above and you will be taken to the download.
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