Faux Concrete Planters with a Rust Patina :: Monthly DIY Challenge

Date
Apr, 13, 2016

Told ya there would be more concrete projects coming at ya in the near future 😉 We’re back with another Monthly DIY Challenge and this month we teamed up with Modern Masters Paint to all try out their Metal Effects Kits. We had the option of choosing a rust finish, a blue finish or a green finish and I decided to go with the rust. I’ve never worked with this stuff before and had no idea how it was going to turn out.

It definitely wasn’t what I envisioned and I actually thought about scrapping the whole thing, but a.)  didn’t have time to think of a new idea and b.) I wanted to keep it real with you guys and show you that things don’t always go as planned around here. I wouldn’t call this project a fail, but let’s just say I won’t be handing these out as gifts come Christmas 😉 My idea was to make little Faux Concrete Planters with a Rust Patina.

FAUX CONCRETE PLANTERS WITH A RUST PATINA

Faux concrete planters for succulents

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It was fun to try a new product and it was really easy to use too. In total, there were 3 steps with an optional 4th step if you wanted to seal your project.

DIY Rust Patina

I bought two of these little glass vases to use as my planters, and gave them a quick coat of my new fav spray paint which you can check out here.

Glass jar for succulent planter

Once that was dry the first step in the kit is to apply the primer. I applied two coats, waiting a half hour between each coat. After the second coat you have to wait 12 hours for it to fully dry. Not sure if that’s completely necessary, but I let them sit over night and got started back up again the next day.

After the primer is the oxidizing paint. Again, I applied two coats and once that was dry I sprayed them with the rust activator.

Concrete sprayed succulent planter

The rust activator is what gives the finish the patina look and brings the rust to life. This is where I started to get worried. In my head I imagined the whole bottom half that I taped off being a bright rust color. Instead, it was more spotted. Which to me, kind of looked like mold haha. But I asked the honest opinions of my bloggy friends and they ensured me it didn’t. So what do you think? Did they lie to me? 😉

Faux concrete planter

I guess it does look rusty, which is cool that a paint can achieve that look. It was really fun to try something new and not really know what to expect. Rust is definitely not your typical home decor finish of choice, so it was hard to come up with an idea for this one. But it was fun to think outside the box and be challenged.

Rust Patina succulent planter diy

DIY Faux Concrete Planters

And this gave me a good excuse to buy more succulents 😉

Big thanks to Modern Masters for teaming up with us for this month’s Monthly DIY Challenge! If you want to try out these kits they’re available at Home Depot!

Don’t forget to check out all the other patina projects below!

DIY Faux Concrete Planters With A Rust Patina

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25 Comments

  1. Reply

    Tan of Squirrelly Minds

    April 15, 2016

    Woah! I was so surprised as I kept reading and saw the later photo that these were originally glass! It looks FANTASTIC!

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Tan! The spray paint is seriously amazing!

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    Emily @ Table & hearth

    April 14, 2016

    LOVE these!!! I’m crazy about the gray with that rust, such an awesome combination 🙂

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Em! <3

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    Amanda

    April 14, 2016

    Oooooh these are soo cool! And so true, you can never have enough succulents. 😉 Such cool paint!!! And so is that spray paint!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Amanda! It totally justified me buying more succulents 😉

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    Erica @ Dwell Beautiful

    April 14, 2016

    These are such adorable little planters! First off, the faux concrete is amazingly brilliant, and secondly, I love the little bit of rust on the bottom! Makes them feel like cool little pieces that you found in an antique shop!

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks girl! I just can’t get enough of this spray paint!

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    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

    April 13, 2016

    Love your creativity Bre – you’d never know there was glass underneath. Also love the MM Metal Effects Kits and haven’t tried the iron one yet. Pinning your pretty planters to share ☺

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thank you so much Marie!! 🙂

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    Bre @ Average But Inspired

    April 13, 2016

    I cannot believe these were glass to begin with! That is crazy! I love the rust and concrete combo. Very cool!!

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      I’m telling ya…that spray paint is magic 😉

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    Tara @ Anything & Everything

    April 13, 2016

    What a great idea! Love how these turned out!

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Tara!

  8. Reply

    Sarah @ Little Red Brick House

    April 13, 2016

    These turned out really cool, Bre! Love the mix of rust and concrete.

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Sarah!

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    ashley@biggerthanthethreeofus

    April 13, 2016

    I really love how that turned out. Pinned!

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      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Ashley!!

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    Amy | Canary STreet

    April 13, 2016

    I never would have guessed these were actually glass. Awesome transformation!

    • Reply

      brepurposed

      April 17, 2016

      Thanks Amy!!

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