For a while now I’ve been wanting to integrate these two cement planters into my garden. The problem is, they are a light brown/tan color.
I don’t want to spend the money on new planters and I really don’t want to try and paint them (Cement is porous and paint will not adhere). So I figured out a quick and easy way to tint cement in an effective and budget friendly way.
For this project you will need:
1) Cement Planter – $4.99 I got mine at Walmart, but you can find them online as well.
2) Cement Tint** – $5.98 + tax Mine was from Home Depot, but you can also get it at Menards or Lowes.
3) Water – Free
Just mix the water with the cement tint according to the directions on the container (usually 1 – 2 cups of water per bag).
Then slowly pour it over your planter until it is completely covered. Use some type of stick or stick your finger in there to make sure you mix all the cement around so that there aren’t any air pockets and then let it dry overnight. (It should be
I have been looking for a cheap way to make concrete stain and I finally found the recipe. I wanted a way to tint the cement in an effective and budget friendly way.
I am a first time homeowner who recently bought a home with a concrete patio slab. The previous owners had used the concrete slab as an outdoor dog kennel, so it was covered in oil stains from their dog. The rest of the patio was stained with dirt and mud from the dogs paw prints.
I decided that I needed to change that and give my patio a facelift. The first thing I tried was renting one of those power washers, but after washing it down, it still looked awful. Then, I tried using oxiclean (which worked really well), but with each rain storm the stains would reappear. After doing some research on how to permanently remove oil stains from cement, I learned that you cannot permanently remove them, which lead me to looking into ways to paint over and hide them.
I’m so excited about today’s post because it has been a long time coming. I have one of those projects that never seems to end and I’m finally ready to show you the results. If you’ve been following along with my home renovations, you know that I’ve had a lot going on in my back entryway. I started with a small built-in cabinet (which is currently housing all of our shoes) and then went on to build a DIY dog food station and a custom DIY coat rack. Now, here we are…
I finally finished the flooring!
Once upon a time this little room was nothing but ugly tile and then we installed some sort of vinyl faux wood flooring over top of it (which was just as ugly). That eventually got removed and now we’re left with concrete. We wanted something that would be easy to clean but also not too expensive. We thought about painting the concrete but many people told us that painted floors scratch easily and don’t hold up well over time. Instead, we opted for tinted cement mixed by hand. It took quite awhile to complete this project but it was definitely worth it!
Now let’s talk about how to tint cement in an effective way!
Tinting cement is just the start of a long list of things you can do to make your concrete patio look like a million bucks without spending that much! Concrete patios are inexpensive, usually costing less than $6 per square foot. The challenge is making them look as good as more expensive paving materials.
Here’s how to achieve that upscale look at a fraction of the cost:
1. Tinting Cement: “Tinting cement is an easy and budget friendly way to make concrete patio look good,” says Chris Sullivan, director of training for Sakrete, a QUIKRETE company. There are a variety of products available that you can use to change the color of your patio, including stains, dyes and integral color (which is mixed in with the wet concrete before it’s poured).
2. Stamping Cement: “Stamping cement is another great way to add interest to your concrete patio,” says Sullivan. With stamped concrete, you can mimic the look of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. Stamped concrete also lends itself well to borders or bands due to its ability to imitate brick and other materials used in paving stones.
3. Staining Cement: “Staining cement works best on patios
Painting cement is one of the easiest ways to tint cement. It’s also one of the most cost effective ways to create a more decorative look and feel to your home. There are several different types of paint that can be used, including acrylics, alkyd paints and latex paints. Most manufacturers recommend using an acrylic paint. While you can use any type of brush to apply this type of paint, a brush with longer bristles tends to work better than those with shorter bristles.
When choosing the color of your paint, it’s best to use a color that is similar in tone to the natural color of your cement. This will help you achieve the effect you’re looking for without having to spend a lot of money on other types of paints or products. If you’re looking for a more subtle look, you may want to consider purchasing a darker colored paint that matches the existing color of your cement rather than trying to match it exactly.
Once you have chosen a color that matches your existing cement, it’s time to start applying the paint. You’ll want to make sure that the area you’re working on is dry and free from any moisture before applying any type of paint. If there are areas on your cement that are still wet after applying a coat of
First, tinting your concrete is a great way to customize the look of your surface and make it more appealing. Many people like to use concrete in their homes and offices, but they may not want to be limited by the limitations that come with it. By tinting your cement, you can add color and texture to it, or even make it look completely different from what it is currently.
The second reason why you might want to use tinting on your cement is because you are having issues with the surface of the concrete. If there are areas where you need to repair cracks or other imperfections that have appeared over time, using a tinted cement will help you do this much easier than if you were trying to do this yourself.
If you are going to be doing a lot of repairs on the concrete that you own, then this could be an option you will want to consider. However, if you find that there are no problems with the surface at all and that everything just looks fine, then using this method will probably not be worth it for you.
The third reason why many people choose to use tinting on their cement is because they are planning on selling their home in the near future. They may have decided that now would be a good time for
I wanted to love this product, but I can’t. The pictures on the website make it look like you can paint concrete and get vibrant colors.
That’s not the case. It’s very watery, so it doesn’t cover the concrete well at all. You have to do several coats to get a good color. And even then, it looks pretty faded, not “vibrant” at all.
I’ve attached a picture of my patio after 2 coats of tint in “Terra Cotta”. As you can see, it really doesn’t look any different from the unexposed concrete area in the corner. (Plus, I should have used a darker color.)
I’m going to have to have someone come out and paint it properly now, which adds an additional cost. I’d say this is worth trying if you have an inexpensive project or just want to experiment with color…but if you want something that’s going to hold up for years and years, don’t bother using this product.