I recently got some of the new FolkArt Painted Finishes and have been dying to try the concrete finish. I love how concrete looks in decor, but have no idea how to create something with real cement! So this simple-to-use faux finish is perfect! I had an idea to create some faux cement DIY book ends, and I love how easy they were to make and how cute they turned out!
- FloraCraft Styrofoam cubes
- FloraCraft Smooth Finish
- Spatula/putty knife
- Cardboard letters
- FolkArt Light Concrete Painted Finish
- Craft paint
- Paint brushes
I used a foam cube as the base of the bookend. I just learned about this FloraCraft Smooth Finish, which fills the cracks of the foam to make a smooth surface you can embellish in SO MANY ways. It’s a game-changer!
I applied two coats of the Smooth Finish to the cube using a putty knife.
After the Smooth Finish dried completely, I was ready to apply the concrete finish!
I dabbed the concrete finish on the cube. You can see in the picture that it has a grit to it, which makes it nearly impossible to mess up, since bumps and cracks are what make it look like real cement!
Next, I applied the concrete finish to the cardboard using the same method as the cube.
Then, I glued the letter to the cube.
I wanted it to look like one piece of cement, so I used the concrete finish to fill in the seams between the letter and the cube.
Last of all, I add a pop of color to the bottom of the cube. I just taped, painted, and let dry.
How cool is that texture from the concrete finish?!
What do you think of my DIY book ends!? What would you make with this concrete finish? And be sure to visit us as we blog about style, food, and the things we love over at the Pretty Life Girls where you can find other fun DIY projects like these DIY Cement Hanging Planters! You can also find us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter!