DIY Concrete Art

We’ve still got a few construction projects to complete over at our friend Keith’s house, but I got a little antsy for accessories, and decided to create a sculpture *sort of* like the one sitting to the left of the number “4” in my inspiration photo:


Urn Sculpture

I started with a lime green piece of decor that was marked 50% off at Hobby Lobby. First, I covered it with black paint and joint compound I had left over from other projects. I used a small plastic putty knife and my fingers to apply the joint compound because I wanted it to look old, and sort of like clay or concrete. I didn’t try to be neat…I just slopped it on there!

DIY Conrete Art

After it was dry, I painted on some “Grain Sack” colored milk paint I got from my friend Marian (Miss Mustard Seed)…

Grain Sack Milk Paint

…and when that was dry, I used a sanding block to reveal some of the (lighter-colored) joint compound underneath.

DIY Concrete Sculpture 2

I love how some of the holes in the metal part underneath are still showing, and the way the milk paint created a crackled effect in different places while it was drying.


Here’s the finished piece:

DIY Concrete Art

It was a fun little thing to work on, and I think it’ll fit right into Keith’s soon-to-be decked out bookshelves!

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  1. Dawn says

    Wow, Layla! You really have an eye for recreating and making unique pieces. Now Keith will have a one of a kind piece created by you. Thanks for sharing the process with us.

  2. Glenda says

    I purchased a concrete planter and as we were placing it on the porch, it dropped and broke. Is there anyway that you know of to repair, “glue” it back together? It was stained a lovely light sage green and had cute rabbits all the way around. I’m so sad it broke…

    • Layla says

      Hmmm…I’m not sure about repairing concrete, Glenda. :-( I would check at the hardware store for some kind of heavy duty adhesive. Maybe Liquid Nails?

    • Rose L says

      One of the cherubs on my cement fountain lost it’s head this past winter. Believe it or not…my DH repaired it using some high contact gasket sealer. It’s been fine all summer with water running over it. They do make some cement sealers though and you should be able to find some at any hardware store. I hope you can save your cute little pot!

  3. Rose L says

    Layla, I love how this piece turned out! And now I know just what to do with that pair of old lamps I got from the thrift store :) Thanks for the how-to!

    • Layla says

      You’re welcome, Rose! I love the idea of using this technique on lamps! 😀

  4. Sarita says

    First close up pic ( under the pic of milk paint pakage) I see a little heart on the “thingy” do you? Or is I my old eyes seeing things.

    • Layla says

      Yep. :-) I was wondering if anyone would see that, too! I used the tip of a pen to create that little guy. 😉

  5. says

    Wow! You did an amazing job on the transformation. I’ll start noticing those brightly-colored pieces more often when I’m at Hobby Lobby from now on.

  6. Courtney says

    What a fantastic way to create that inspiration piece, for LESS! -and, Missmustardseed milk paint is my FAVORITE! Thanks for sharing!

  7. patricia loser says

    i bet years down the road this ends up at antique roadshow! It’s that awesome.

  8. says

    So creative, Layla! The piece looks amazing – so inspiring how you take a look at photo and re-create items using what you already have. Keith is one lucky guy to have you and Kevin working on his living room!

  9. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    I saw Sarita’s lil heart as well. How cool. LOL.
    After you mentioned Hobby Lobby, I went to our new one in town. That store is TROUBLE! Now I know, if I love the shape, it does not matter the color or texture. I can “play Layla” and improve that sucker. I love this fully improved piece.
    Lucky Lucky Keith.

  10. Jackie B says

    That is a great idea! I love the finished product and the crackled finish. What a cool piece to add to your house!

  11. Rachel Mark says

    Wow – this turned out so perfect! I have been seeing Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint popping up everywhere. I think it is time I get my hands on my own!

    Great DIY, though. Thanks for showing it off to us!