I really love faux finishing! Today I’m excited to share How to Create a Faux Concrete Finish with Saltwash® Powder.
I really love the look of concrete from counters to planters and vases. I think concrete has a modern feel but also very organic and natural.
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I think you guys all know that I love to play with paint. When fooling around with colors and textures I often stumble on great faux finishes. The other day I was playing with Saltwash and gray paint and discovered a fun faux concrete finish. You can see the sample board here:
That’s just a piece of wood with paint. Can you believe it? It really looks like concrete, right?
For those of you who don’t know, Saltwash is a paint additive that contains real sea salt. You can add Saltwash to any paint to get a textured effect. I’ve used it on soooooooo many different surfaces from trays to frames, furniture to glass, plastic and more! You can even use it on fabric (which I haven’t done yet, but looking forward to trying it).
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The other day I was strolling around Target and I can across a really cute, modern vessel over in the craft department. I thought it could be really cute with this faux finish.
This technique is really fun and is a great first project with Saltwash if you want to give it a try. Here’s what you need.
How to Create a Faux Concrete Finish
- Saltwash® Powder, the splash can is the perfect size for this
- Gray Paint, I used Sterling and Little Lamb by Fusion
- Paint Scraper
- Plastic Cup
- 400 Grit Sand Paper
- Wax Paper
- Something to paint, I used this wooden container from Target
Place wax paper down to protect you surface.
Mix together 4 ounces of Saltwash Powder with 4 ounces of light gray paint. I used Sterling by Fusion Mineral Paint. You want to mix for quite a while until the paint is the consistency of frosting. Usually with Fusion you apply in globbing motions with a brush, but for this technique you want to use a paint scraper and apply it like you would mortar.
I worked in sections, trying to make it as smooth as possible. Special Tip: if you leave your Saltwash / Paint mix over night in the container with plastic wrap it makes a really smooth surface with only light texture.
Once dry, apply a second layer of paint. This should be a darker gray with no Saltwash mixed in. I used Little Lamb for this.
Allow to dry completely and sand back in areas with 400 grit sandpaper.
I actually made a little video so you can see the whole process:
I thought maybe it would be easier to understand if you saw the whole process sped up a little. 😉
When working on my faux concrete, I pictured glorious pink peonies. I luckily found some at Whole Foods over the weekend. They smell amazing and remind me of my grandmother.
To put real flowers inside, I used one of our Oui Yogurt containers:
This container is so versatile, though, you could use it for a house plant or for pencils:
I’m not sure why, but I seem to collect flowers, journals and pretty pencils in our house. Do you guys collect the same things?
I could also see this technique on frames, small objects or on the top of a piece of furniture.
Do you think you’ll give it a try?
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Oh, and I hope you guys have a beautiful and romance-filled Valentine’s Day. xx