DIY Cement Look Bunnies

If you're looking for a stylish way to make over ceramic bunnies, I've got you!  Today I'm sharing How to Make Cement Look Bunnies with paint.

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It's Spring here in TN.  That doesn't necessarily mean it's warm all the time.  Just this week we've gone from 60 degrees down to 40 degrees and back up to 80 degrees- kinda experiencing all of the seasons in one week.  Each morning when I get dressed, I have to check the weather to see what season we are in today.  Ah, good times!  But inside my house, it's full on spring and I love it!

Lately I have been drawn to neutral colors, which includes neutral in my Spring Décor.  I love the look of wood and whites and cement along with the green of plants.  So in my my spring home decorating, that is the theme I went with.  

In my recent thrifting adventures, I found a few ceramic bunnies that had adorable shapes, but less than attractive finishes.  I knew they would make an excelling addition to my theme, if I could change what they looked like a bit.

How to Make Cement-like Bunnies with Paint

I did some experimenting with paints and finishes to come up with the technique to give ceramic bunnies a natural cement look.

Ceramic Bunny from the thrift store.

This bunny isn't terrible, but I knew it could be better.

Ceramic Bunnies from the thrift store.

The bunny planter is actually a little scary looking!  But no matter, I purchased it, along with his pink friend, and decided to give them a makeover.  When looking at figurines, just concentrate on the shape, you can adjust the finish quite easily.  To prep the bunnies for their makeover, simply wipe them down with a disinfecting wipe.

Paint used to create cement look finishes on ceramic bunnies.

The most inexpensive way to give just about anything a makeover is with paint.  I used gray and black chalk paint, as well as white craft paint.

Brush gray paint onto ceramic bunnies with a brush.

Chalk paint is great to use for this project because it has thick, matte coverage, and requires no coat of primer.  To achieve complete coverage, you may have to coat the bunny two or three times, letting each coat dry completely in between.  

Pounce black paint onto gray painted ceramic bunny.

Once the gray paint is dry, stipple the black paint onto the bunny using a small piece of sponge.  To do this, dip the sponge into the black paint, pounce most of the paint off onto a paper towel and then dab it randomly onto the bunny.  Spread the marks out and use a lighter and heavier touch with each pounce.

Pounce white paint onto gray painted ceramic bunny.

Dab a little bit of white paint onto the sponge and dab it onto the bunny over the top of the black to mute it a little.  Then use some of the gray paint to go back over all of the pounce marks to fade them a bit.  Continue until it looks the way you want it to.  

Spray painted bunny with top coat.

Once the paint on the bunny has dried, spray it with matte finish top coat spray.  The matte finish seals the paint and leaves a flat finish that looks like cement. 

Cement look painted bunny.

All of the bunnies I painted with this technique turned out perfectly - they look just like cement. The combination of the chalk paint, sponge pouncing and matte finish spray give them the feel of cement as well.

Cement look painted bunny.

The bunnies look like they have been sitting outside, aging naturally and gracefully.  Only you and I know that they are actually thrift store ceramic bunnies that have been given a new life.

Cement look painted bunny.

I gathered all of the bunnies I painted, along with a few other spring décor items into the cabinet in my living room.  I was able to use my DIY Cloches and the Wooden Bunny Art.  

White cupboard decorated for Spring.

DIY Cement-look Bunnies is the best and most simple way to give thrift store figurines a new lease on life.