Painting a faux concrete wall is easier than you might think and you don’t need any special paints to get this effect. Let me show you how I created my faux concrete wall finish in just 5 easy steps.
Hello lovelies, I have a DIY project for you today. It is a project I did in my bathroom and I am so happy and pleased with the look I created. It is a bit of a step away from my usual bohemian whiter than white style, instead I added a bit of a rustic, industrial vibe. And I am totally digging it. I’ll show you a full bathroom reveal soon and then you’ll see that I have actually gone for a nice mix of styles that turnedd out to be very me.
I created a faux concrete wall finish on the largest and completely empty wall in my bathroom. I actually designed my bathroom around this focal wall and kept it empty exactly for this purpose.
The whole process of painting this concrete wall finish didn’t take up more than a couple of hours. We worked at it as a team, which made the whole process extra easy and doable. But I am sure it would have been just as easy to do it by myself, it just would have taken me an extra hour or so.
After the basic prep work like: removing dust and dirt from the wall, taping of the edges and covering the floor there are only five easy steps to follow.
5 Easy Steps to create a faux concrete wall finish
- Paint the wall with your medium grey paint and a block brush with arched brush strokes
- Follow up with a wet cloth and soften and smooth the edges and strokes
- Use a scrounged up wet cloth and dab on extra texture
- With an almost dry block brush add vertical brush strokes with white or very light grey paint
- Use a wet cloth to smooth the white paint and work it into the base layer
- Bonus tip: Work in smaller sections so your paint doesn’t dry between the brush and cloth steps. And frequently step back to look at your work from a distance.
Now that is easy! Didn’t I say so!
I think the close-up image above sums up all of those five steps pretty well. You can see the arched brush strokes, the added smoothing and texture, and the smoothed-out vertical stripes as well. And when you take a step back it just looks almost like the real thing.
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If painting a whole wall seems a bit daunting but you still would like to experiment with this faux concrete painting technique…
Did you know you can make anything look like it is made from concrete? With simple, everyday craft paints you can paint any object with this cement paint technique. I did a thrift store makeover with cement paint technique the other day and give detailed instructions there too.
And while you go over there and peruse the other projects, I’ll just be here. Soaking in my tub, giving myself an at-home hammam treatment while admiring my homemade concrete wall.
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Well guys this is it for today. Hope you like my new wall and that you will come back for the full bathroom reveal soon!
Marianne Songbird is the founder of Songbird, where she hopes to inspire everyone to create a home they love, one DIY project at a time. She shares anything from craft ideas to home decor inspiration and from DIY projects to decorating hacks. Originally from the Netherlands Marianne and her husband Lex are currently renovating a 250-year-old farmhouse in Germany.