Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Plaid®. All opinions are my own.
I am having so much fun playing around with all of the new Plaid® products hitting the market this summer, and the latest line I had the opportunity to use was the FolkArt® Painted Finishes. I used the FolkArt Painted Finishes Concrete to create a DIY Faux Concrete Planter.
First, let’s chat about the products. I had the chance to experiment with all of the new FolkArt Painted Finishes when I visited the Plaid headquarters a few months ago, and I love them all. They come in Rust, Moss, Concrete, and Barnwood Finishes. They literally just became available in stores.
For this project, I opted to use the FolkArt Painted Finishes in Light and Dark Concrete. These are water-based, non-toxic, great for use indoor or outdoors, and create the illusion of concrete on a variety of different surfaces. (It can be used on wood, terra cotta, plastic, papier mache, and metal.)
DIY Faux Concrete Planter
Now, for the step by step tutorial. Here’s what I used for this project.
- FolkArt Painted Finishes Light Concrete
- FolkArt Painted Finishes Dark Concrete
- FolkArt “Shortie” Brushes
- 1x4x6 Wooden Board
- Wood Glue
- Brad Nailer (Or Hammer and Nails)
- Paper/Styrofoam Plate or Palette
- Paper Towels
- Potting Soil
- Pea Gravel or small pebbles
- Sanding block or sandpaper
DIY Faux Concrete Planter Tutorial:
First, cut your 1×4 into two 20″ long segments, one 18″ segment, and two 4″ segments. Sand any rough edges.
Glue and nail your pieces together to create a box. The 20″ segments are the sides, the 18″ segment is the bottom, and the 4″ segments are the ends. I used a brad nailer for this, but you could use a hammer and nails if you prefer.
Drill several holes in the bottom of your planter to allow for proper drainage.
Using a paper or styrofoam plate as a palette, apply the FolkArt Painted Finishes Light Concrete to the entire planter, using the FolkArt Shortie brush to dab and stipple it on. You will instantly see concrete texture. (Bonus: No need to prime first!)
This FolkArt “Shortie” brush is amazing, by the way. It comes in a 3 piece set and is made of 100% hog hair with flag tip bristles. It’s 1 inch wide, and perfect for use with thick or textured paints.
Randomly dab the darker color on top of the light, mixing the two shades until you achieve the look you want. It should be dry to the touch within 4 hours, and will cure to the surface in 24 hours. It is self-sealing, so no need for varnish.
Fill the planter with potting soil, add your plants (I used succulents), and then surround them with pea gravel or small rocks.
Now we have the perfect centerpiece for our outdoor table. And check out that awesome concrete texture!
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I’d love to know, which FolkArt Painted Finish are you most excited to try? Leave a comment and let me know!
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Stephanie @ Casa Watkins Living says
This is awesome Erin!!!! I love the effect and will definitely have to keep this in my DIY to do!
Erin Spain says
Thanks so much, Stephanie!
Erin Spain says
Thank you, Katie!