Monday, January 5, 2015

Give Resin Statues a Concrete Look and an Exterior Grade Finish in Just a Few Easy Steps!


The factory finish on these heavy resin lion statues was flat, substandard and clearly not
holding up well outside. The lions were in dire need of a facelift and were worthy of a richer,
more authentic concrete look.

With a little imagination and a few artistic mediums, these lions went from shabby to majestic
in no time at all.

Do you have resin statues or other accessories that you would like to give an authentic
concrete look to? Would you like to create a finish suitable for outdoors? If so, this is the
tutorial for you!


Start by painting your piece in a 50/50 mix of French Linen and Pure White. Just one coat
provided sufficient coverage for these once dark grey lions.


Artisan Enhancements Fine Stone is a no VOC, no odor plaster product with an aggregate
texture. It can be easily tinted with paint to create a custom color. For this project, you will
mix 1 part Graphite with 5 parts Fine Stone. A plastic teaspoon works well for scooping and
measuring. Brush this mixture onto your piece, focusing on the raised areas, leaving most of
the crevices light grey. Adding the darker color will create more depth in your finish, while the
Fine Stone gives you the texture of concrete.


Fine Stone is an exterior grade product, making it ideal for adding texture to garden statuary
and other pieces intended for the outdoors.


In it’s natural state, Fine Stone is white in color. Without tinting it this time around, add
another layer of Fine Stone to your finish, creating even more depth and texture. You can do
this while your graphite mixture is not quite dry. It will mix in places with the white to create a
third color and even more dimension.


Once you are satisfied with your finish after having applied the non-tinted
Fine Stone all over your piece, allow it to dry completely before applying your sealer.

Artisan Enhancement’s Clear Topcoat Sealer is a water resistant, exterior grade finishing
product.


Using a good quality brush, such as Artisan Enhancement’s 45mm Topcoat Brush, apply a
thin layer of Clear Topcoat Sealer to the entire surface of your piece.


Allow the first layer to dry for 24 hours and then apply a second thin layer.



A beautiful, hand painted finish with an authentic concrete look is easily achievable with the
right art mediums and tools. These lions are now ready to grace a lovely garden or stand
guard at an entryway or front gate!

Disclosure: This is an Artisan Enhancements sponsored post, however the opinions and ideas expressed here are
mine and I will only ever promote products that I enjoy using and feel may benefit my readers.

Thank you for your sweet visit today!  

Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda




Sharing With:
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch To Yours
 Friday's Unfolded at Nancherrow
 What's it Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants 

12 comments:

  1. You are doing amazing things with these products! I love to see what you have come up with :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much, Sandy! I am having a lot of fun with the products!

      Delete
  2. Wow! What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing - any chance you can say where the lions came from or where purchased? Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! You know, these lions came from my mom's garden. She passed them onto me when she moved last summer. I'm sorry I can't tell you where she bought them. Have a great week!

      Delete
  3. Beautiful! Happy New Year to you! : )
    xox...Gloria

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Gloria! Happy New Year to you as well!

      Delete
  4. Love this! I'll have to try some of these products!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Christina! Yes, give Artisan Enhancements a try! You will love their products!

      Delete
  5. Oh, nice. Found you already via Pinterest!
    I have several really sweet resin Buddhas that are just fading to plastic outside. This would give them a more .. eternal(?) look. Thanks for your procedure. I'm on it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Christine! I'm glad you found me! Send me a picture of your Buddhas when they're finished! Have fun creating!

      Delete
  6. I do like this and want to try it. I've used Fine Stone only once, to give carved wooden elephants a rougher skin. Here's the link: http://www.irisabbey.com/uncategorized/elephants-fine-stone-pearl-plaster/
    I saw your link at The Charm of Home link party. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

    ReplyDelete
  7. I really like what you did with these resin lion statues! Do you think that they will hold up as well as a concrete statue with the steps that you performed on them?

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for your sweet notes! I love hearing from you!