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Faux Cement Vintage Bust DIY

August 06, 2021

Contributed by: Erin Rochon of Erin Rochon Design, Salvation Army Thrift Store Creative Expert

I found this beautiful vintage ceramic bust on one of my trips to my local Salvation Army Thrift Store. I had a great DIY I wanted to try out to transform this find into an aged, faux cement bust. Here is what you’ll need and how you can transform thrifted decor with this effect:


  • Dixie Belle Paint Driftwood or grey acrylic paint
  • Spray primer or Ultra Grip
  • Dixie Belle Sea Spray; or another texture additive
  • Paint brush
  • Dixie Belle Clear wax and black wax
  • Wax paper
  • Shop rags
Thrifted ceramic bust

< Step 1: Clean the Ceramics

I cleaned the ceramic bust with dish soap to remove any dirt or residue.

Step 2: Adhere the Paint >

Once dry, you can use either a spray primer or any other adhesion product to ensure the paint adheres. I used Ultra Grip since I had some on-hand and applied it to the whole bust. Make sure to follow instructions for drying time.

Adhering paint on a thrifted ceramic bust
Grey paint on wax paper

< Step 3: Time to Texturize!

Pour a small amount of grey paint onto your wax paper. I used approximately half a scoop of Sea Spray (texture additive) and mixed it until it had a peanut butter consistency. This will add texture to the paint, giving the bust a rustic, aged look.

Make sure to make lots of brushstrokes! Once it’s completely painted, let dry.

Mixing grey paint with Sea Spray texture additive
Painting on the cement bust
Painted thrifted bust

Step 4: Discover Some Depth >

To add some depth, I applied clear wax over the bust and then wiped away the excess. Then, I applied a small amount of black wax to add definition, working it into the cracks and details. I wiped off the excess wax with a shop rag.

Adding clear wax over thrifted bust for depth effect

And that’s it! This was a quick and easy DIY transforming this vintage find into an aged, faux ceramic bust. Make sure to try this out on your next DIY project. Happy thrifting!

Finished transformation of a vintage thrifted find into a faux cement bust