Think Concrete Decor Sounds Hideous? Wait Till You See These 9 Ideas

Honestly, we would never in a million years think of decorating our homes with concrete. Seeing that gritty grey gloop brings to mind bright hard hats and gag-inducing construction smell.
Photo via Sara @Sincerely Sara D
See what we mean? YUCK! But these 9 incredible ideas are about to change how you see concrete for good!

1. Make a colorful plant stand

Project via Amanda @Dwelling in Happiness
With just $5 dollars and a bucket, you can make your own industrial-meets-modern plant stand, perfect for displaying sweet succulent terrariums or other greenery. Careful though - it can be a little bit messy!

2. Press pretty leaves into DIY stepping stones

Project via Stephanie @Garden Therapy
Want a fun detail to add to your garden? Press interesting leaves into gritty concrete molds, to create personalized stepping stones for $2 each!

3. Mold your own geometric planters

Project via Brent+Courtney @Gray House Studio
Make a free mold using pieces of a cardboard box and tape, for this chic planter design that will help you fill the corners of your home with greenery.

4. Update an outdated vanity

Tanya @Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body
If your budget won't fit a new bathroom vanity, cover the one you've got in a smooth concrete finish, to make your bathroom look as gorgeous as this!

5. Upcycle some elegant candle holders

Project via Rhonda @Sprouts and Stuff
Raid your recycling bin and create tall candle holders using empty Pringles containers or coffee cans.

6. Create a double duty piece

Project via June @Nostaliecat
Gather up some empty plastic containers, and then, for less than $10, make an expensive looking mold that has room for tea lights, or tiny cacti. This DIYer used the cleanest thing to mold this dirty stuff!

7. Cover a boring table top

Project via Sara @Sincerely Sara D
Give your sweet wood furniture an industrial update, by coating the table top in concrete. That rough, grey finish is just the trick to bring out the lustrous wood details, and it's much easier than you would think!

8. Build a bubbling garden fountain

Project via Charlotte @Ciburbanity
Add a trickling soundtrack to your garden on the cheap, with a concrete fountain made from an old globe and some cardboard molds.

9. Design your own high-impact lamp shade

Project via June @Nostalgiecat
Make a concrete lamp shade trimmed with gold leaf, to give your home a high-impact dose of modern for just $15!
Mind. Blown. Which is your favorite?
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  • Lorraine Tanes Lorraine Tanes on Dec 14, 2015
    Beautiful work and have you checked the prices on concrete table tops, planters, fountains, etc? I'm currently doing an end table top for an industrial look so thank you for your inspiration!
  • Ruth O'Doherty Ruth O'Doherty on Mar 26, 2016
    What type of concrete would you use to cover an existing counter top? How could it be done?
    • KonaKathie KonaKathie on Mar 16, 2017
      Google Henry's Feather Finish...it's an overlay material that you coat the counters with, then seal with epoxy or polyurethane.
  • Carol Koch Carol Koch on Apr 17, 2016
    Do you think I could resurface a bath tub with the smooth concrete? I bought a "flip house", they painted the tub with semi gloss enamel.
    • Bev Bev on Sep 20, 2016
      I wouldn't recommend it! To be strong and durable, the concrete needs to be poured and at least 1-1 1/2 inches thick. There is a popular method of layering concrete over counter tops called 'feathering' which is what you are probably thinking about. I've learned (from experience) that this is just temporary, it cracks and finally pulls away from the counter tops over a short period of time and counters would receive a lot less wear and tear than a water filled bath tub with people standing and sitting in it. I also believe that the slick surface of a bath tub would prevent a good surface for concrete to cling to..... I don't see this being a practical idea at all.
    • Darlene D'Lerma Darlene D'Lerma on Aug 18, 2018

      No it would crack .innorder for you to do a bathtub it would be so thick you wouldn’t be able to get in

    • Rich Ned Rich Ned on Sep 10, 2019

      You’d do better using two part Epoxy and adding color to it, you use more Hardner then Resin . This way it sets a little faster.

    • Kelly Kelly on Apr 29, 2020

      Yes! I did mine and its gorgeous!! Use feather weight concrete and seal it really well! Mine never cracked!

    • Kelly Kelly on Apr 29, 2020

      FYI... you have to really scratch your surface before applying. You can just set it over the glossy surface. The concrete needs to be able to grab it.

    • Top49520149 Top49520149 on Sep 01, 2020

      Concrete isnt a veneer and its porous...it can go into a fabric like burlap to be reinforced and thin. There are pros for refinishing tubs they are probably best for that. Water immersion is very demanding on finishes.

  • Carol Carol on Jun 27, 2016
    I want to use pieces of tile from my old swimming pool to make a mosaic on top of an already purchased stepping stone. Would that be durable? How do I do it?
    • Steve Steve on Sep 24, 2016
      If they were durable for years in your pool I would think they would be very durable on a stepping stone as well. Liquid nails or gorilla glue should work to adhere the tiles to the concrete. Fill in the gaps with tile grout that is recommended for outdoor use. Let dry and coat with a clear sealant.
  • Aya Fawzy Aya Fawzy on Sep 11, 2018

    What is conceret and how can i bring it and where can find it ??

    • Enq2239256 Enq2239256 on Nov 03, 2019

      Concrete is mixing premix mortar with stone aggregated for better compressive strength. Premix mortat and aggregates available from www.multifilla.com

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  • David Mundy David Mundy on May 27, 2019

    I made molds of my high-end ($300 dollar) chess set. Then I made a copy of it using concrete. You can see how I did it on the website instructables.com

  • Pat Pat on Mar 24, 2021

    I would like to try the small table countertop, but the link doesn't work.

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