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
Dixie Belle Clear wax and black wax
< 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.
< 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.
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.
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!