How To Make A Plastic Planter Look Like Aged Concrete

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Mix your favorite paint color and sand together. It produces a textured finish on anything you paint. I mixed gray paint and sand together to achieve an aged concrete look on a plastic planter.

Plastic pieces are great for experimenting with new paint techniques!

This is how the plastic pot looked when I found it at the junk shop. I liked the lines on the pot. Kind of art deco looking.

This was definitely a trial and error project. But that’s the way I work most of the time.

I started the project with this small sample of Behr paint in off white.

Next I have my bag of beach sound for projects just like this one.

I mixed the sand and paint together without measuring anything because that’s how I roll.

Right after painting the plastic pot I decided the color was too white.

I found a gray color in my stash and mixed up more sand and paint and brushed that mixture over the white paint.

It was still too light for me. I found a dark gray paint and added black to the paint to make it darker. Then I added the sand to the paint. I brushed the dark gray mix on and let it dry. Then I mixed more black paint with the dark gray mixture and just brushed it over a few areas on the pot.

Don't be afraid to experiment or change the original plan on a project if it isn't working. See my water dipper flower pot here..... Upcycled and Recycle Flower Pot Ideas.

Then I dry brushed the original light color paint over the dark gray pot.

The pot looks great! Find more of my unique planter ideas here.... Upcycled Flower Pot Ideas.

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  • Jody Price Jody Price on Jun 12, 2023

    What did you use to seal your flower pot?

  • Debbie Kahn-Hornke Debbie Kahn-Hornke on Jun 12, 2023

    Hi, loving this planter. My question is... How did you apply the sand mixture? Paint brush, smear it on with your hands, and did you have to lightly sand or prep the pot? I went to the link for upcycled flower pot ideas but couldn't find this project. TIA, Debbie.

  • Mara Vsn Mara Vsn on Jun 12, 2023

    What are Funky ideas?

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