Faux Concrete Glossy Black Ceramic Bust Statue

Nothing goes to waste around here! I had some faux concrete mixture leftover from the paper mache bunny makeover and couldn't let it go to waste. So I dug through my thrift store stash in search of something else to cover in concrete and found this pretty lady. I have no idea who she is but she’s been hiding in a box for years.



Found at Goodwill, this high gloss black Scioto ceramic bust had a few chips on the bottom making it the perfect candidate to get concretized (is that a word?). Now after the faux concrete bust statue makeover, she looks just like the real thing!


How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

Faux Concrete Scioto Ceramic Bust Statue Makeover

If you have dated decor that you no longer have on display, this is a great way to breathe new life into it again. It's a fairly quick makeover process and before you know it you'll have that old decor looking like a cement garden statue in no time.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

This is what this sweet lady looked like before the makeover.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

And here she is now, looking just like a real cement garden statue.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

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What You'll Need To Make It

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Supply List

  • Small Bust Statue (or thrift store decor)
  • Dixie Belle Sea Spray Texture Additive
  • French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • Paris Gray Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • Black Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Chip Brush
  • Water-based Clear Coat (Exterior Grade for Outdoors)

If the paint I used is not readily available in your area, any water-based paint in similar colors is fine.



Here's How I Did It

Step 1 - Faux Concrete Mixture

Mix 1/2 cup of French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to 1 scoop of Dixie Belle Sea Spray Texture Additive. Mix it well until it looks like brownie batter consistency.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

Step 2 - First Faux Concrete Color

With an inexpensive chip brush pounce (stipple) a layer of the texture mixture. You can see in the photo below, you'll need a couple of coats to hide the original finish. Allow it to completely dry before applying the second coat.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

Apply the second coat much like you did in the first. The texture additive gets tacky as it dries and this is a good time to knock down any texture that is too pronounced. Pictured below is after the second coat had dried.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

Step 3 - Second Faux Concrete Color

Now we're going to add texture and a second lighter gray color to get the variegated look of real concrete.



Without adding more sea spray to the French Linen mixture, add one scoop of Paris Grey and one scoop of Pure White Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to lighten the color.



Instead of pouncing it on like the first two coats, randomly swipe the brush in sideward motions over the raised areas of the bust, letting it go on a little thicker in some areas. Basically highlighting those areas, while not covering the French Linen color underneath.



Step 4 - Let The Paint Fly

Next, pour a few drops of black acrylic craft paint onto a paper plate and thin it a little with a drop of water. Dip an old toothbrush into the paint and flick the paint randomly, less is more.



Oh, and before you go flicker happy, make sure everything within a few feet around you is covered in drop sheets.



Step 5 - Protecting The Finish

Last but not least, brush or spray a water-based clear coat to seal the faux concrete. If you'll be using yours outdoors, then you'll want to use an exterior-grade sealer.



That's it! From Goodwill ceramic female bust to lovely concrete garden statue that no one will know isn't the real thing. A few months ago I also turned a ceramic hand sculpture into a faux concrete succulent planter.



How to make thrift store decor look like real concrete! A faux concrete Scioto ceramic bust statue makeover with chalk paint and texture additive.

Thanks for stopping by the Interior Frugalista today! I hope you were inspired by this ceramic bust statue transformation. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top to drop me an email. I love hearing from you!



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  1. If "concretize" isn't a word I think it should be...lol. Your concrete girls is gorgeous my friend! XOXO

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    1. I agree it should be. LOL Thanks my friend, I was so happy to find her in my thrift store haul to use up the leftover texture mixture. I completely forgot I had her!

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  2. Marie,
    This came out perfect!! Love it!! Thanks for sharing!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thank you very much, Debbie! xo Concretizing is so much fun. LOL

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  3. That looks amazing Marie! What a gorgeous new statue for your garden this year. I have never done this but you've inspired me to try with an old planter I have. I'm pinning it and it's on my to do list! Have a great weekend ahead!

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    1. So happy to hear my faux concrete garden statue has inspired you to give it a try on your planter! Be forewarned, Denise, you'll want to concretize all.the.things! LOL Thanks for pinning and have fun playing with pretend concrete!

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  4. Marie, this is crazy creative! As usual...

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    1. You're so sweet, Kim, I'm glad you like my sweet concretized lady! I'm thrilled with the results and can't wait to place her in my rose garden this summer.

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    1. Hi Florence, thank you so much! It really was a lot of fun and I had to stop myself from concretizing a whole lot of other things in my thrift store haul. LOL

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  6. I'm so surprised at how much her concretized makeover made all her features pop. You can see all of her now and she has the sweetest little face. So much better than that glazed black.

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    1. Right! That surprised me too Michelle and it's my favorite part of this makeover. She really does have the sweetest little face and I can't wait to display her in my rose garden.

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  7. Marie, she is gorgeous!! I love that her features really stand out with the "concretizing"!! I've been looking for a bust like her and if I get lucky enough to find one, she is so going to be "concretized"!!! Thanks so much for sharing this great idea!

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    1. Thank you so much, Karolyn! I was so pleased to see her features getting more and more pronounced as I applied the concrete. Good luck with your quest to find a bust to concretize. And when you do, if you have any questions, you know where to find me.

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