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How to do a Faux Concrete Effect Using Paint

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DIY Faux Cement Effect with Paint Tutorial

Do you love the look of concrete decor? I sure do! Concrete home decor pieces add a ton of texture and a natural element that is timeless.

However, real concrete pieces can be VERY expensive and VERY VERY heavy!

Having said that, using paint to create a realistic faux cement finish to almost any item is a great way to achieve this look and here are my tips for you!

Concrete pumpkins sitting on top of a table next to a weathered cement pedestal.

What Type of Items Does a Faux Cement Look Good On?

I have done this faux concrete technique on many different things, from metal to ceramic, to plastic and more!

As long as you are working with a hard smooth surface, you should be able to achieve this effect.

I would advice against trying to give any type of fabric or soft material a concrete paint effect. This also goes for organic materials such as real pumpkins, gourds etc. You would also want to avoid putting these concrete transformed pieces outside.

Other than that, you have the green light to transform just about any item your heart desires with timeless and beautiful paint effect.

How to Achieve a Faux Concrete Effect Step by Step

Close up view of a faux concrete pumpkin.

Step 1:

Start by selecting the chalk paint colors that will closely resemble the color of concrete you desire. I would suggest creating a couple of layers of paint for a more authentic completed look.

Start out with a paint color that is a couple of shades darker than what you intend to use for the final color, this is what I used for my first layer.

Apply this first layer with a chip brush.

Step 2:

While your first coat is drying, grab some corn starch/baking powder/flour etc. and add about a third of Dixie Belle Dirt to the mixture. Do not fully combine.

Step 3:

While the last layer of chalk paint is still damp, generously brush the powder mixture onto it with a dry, clean chip brush.

Step 4:

Once the paint is fully dry, gently brush away the excess powder mixture. Apply a clear matte coat of sealer over top to seal in any loose powder and to keep your project protected.

Faux Concrete Materials Needed:

Final Tips on Faux Concrete Paint Technique

The reason I like this faux cement technique so much is because it’s quick and easy! I like the idea of being able to transform an item without much prep or fuss.

I also like that it is fully customizable. You can adjust each project to reflect the faux concrete look you desire. Such as how much texture, aging and patina you want your piece to have.

Another bonus is that your finished piece won’t weigh a ton! That’s important to me because with curious little ones around, I don’t want them accidentally picking one up and dropping it on their feet!

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