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Amazing DIY Concrete Planters from Upcycled Freebies

Do you stop for roadside freebies? You certainly will after you see how to upcycle free resin pots into faux DIY concrete planters. I love old vintage concrete planters and statuaries and I wanted to make these look like aged cement planters. Follow along as I share how to create a vintage faux concrete pot finish using spray paint.

When I first saw the 3 planters by the side of the road, I was sure they were damaged. However, upon closer inspection, they were in excellent condition. I couldn’t believe our luck.

I wanted new planters for the Spring, and with a little work, these would be perfect.

Free roadside planters

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How To Create A Faux Concrete Pot Finish

The roadside planters are made of resin but are of good quality. I knew that I wanted to create a faux concrete pot finish to upcycle the planters. I also wanted the finish to have an aged, vintage cement planter feel.

First, I looked at a few of the authentic vintage concrete pieces I have around the house for inspiration.

So now, to duplicate the look.

How To Prepare The Planters For Upcycling

First, the planters needed a good cleaning both inside and out. It was fairly easy to wash them with a garden hose. I used a brush to loosen the excess dirt from the planter’s detailed pattern.

Once they are clean, they look almost new. However, I still plan to continue with my faux-finishing plan.

Be sure to allow them to dry thoroughly before beginning the faux finish.

Clean Planters before adding a faux concrete pot finish.  Garden Supplies for Free

Setting Up For Spray Painting Faux Finish

When working with spray paint, it’s important to set up your work area outdoors or in a well-ventilated space.

You also need to consider any overspray that may damage items in the surrounding area. It’s best to spray outdoors on a calm day, as wind can carry the overspray a good distance from the project.

I placed the planters in our drive a good distance from the house.

Make the resin planters look like cement planters with textured spray paint.

How To Create Faux Cement Planters

The first step is to make the resin planters look like cement planters.

Begin by painting the entire surface with a Textured Grey Granite Spray Paint.

How To Create Vintage Concrete Planters

Next, it’s time to start making the faux concrete pots look like Vintage concrete planters.

Begin with moss green spray paint. I used one that I had on hand, Olive Oil Green. I recommend using a matte finish; however, the gloss on this paint worked fine.

Make free roadside pots look like vintage with mossy green spray paint.

Start by randomly spraying the paint in areas where you would expect mold or moss to develop on a concrete pot. Do not spray the paint evenly. You want green paint to look as though mold or moss is growing on the cement planters.

randomly spray the free resin planters with green paint.  Rustic Farmhouse Style faux concrete pots.

Next, I added a small amount of matte gray paint with the same random strokes as I used with the green paint.

While the gray paint is still wet, use a brush to blend and blur the edges. You can also go over some areas of green paint to make it less harsh and more authentic.

Add matte gray paint for faux finish to give an authentic look.

Finally, add random sprays of Stone Course Texture Onyx White Spray Paint. Use the paintbrush to smooth some areas of texture to give them an authentic vintage concrete planter appearance.

Insider Tip

You can use craft paints to add the faux concrete pot finish if you don’t have all the paint colors.

To create an authentic cement planter appearance, you should use a dry brush technique to avoid adding excess paint to the pots.

Lightly load the brush with paint and then wipe most of it off with a paper towel. Continue to build the colors as needed.

I do believe textured spray paints work better than flat craft paints for the first and last layers.

Faux Concrete Pots

The faux concrete pots are now ready for Spring plants.

DIY Concrete Planters with a faux spray paint finish.  DIY Garden Supplies

The combination of the different paint colors and blending with a paintbrush makes the free planters look like authentic vintage concrete planters.

Free Roadside planters transformed into Vintage Concrete Planter with DIY Faux Concrete Pot technique.


The planters were easy to update and well worth the effort of bringing them home. I couldn’t wait to fill one with Spring plants. It’s still a little early to get too excited, but Spring planting is just around the corner.

Free Roadside Planter Updated with A faux concrete finish using spray paint.

Let me know how you like this makeover. If you’ve ever found a great find by the roadside, I’d love to hear about it. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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Wendy McMonigle

Sunday 17th of March 2024

What a great find Rachel. I love what you did with them.


Monday 18th of March 2024

Wendy, I couldn't believe someone threw them out. I'm glad you like the transformation.

Diana L Cosgrove

Sunday 17th of March 2024

Amazing transformations! I have many resin pots stacked behind my greenhouse... now I know what I am going to do with them! They came out beautiful! Thanks for sharing!


Sunday 17th of March 2024

Diana, I'm so glad you found this helpful. I appreciate your comment.


Saturday 16th of March 2024

I have tried something like this before and it's a fun project. Your's turned out great!


Sunday 17th of March 2024

Susan, I'm so glad you like them.


Saturday 16th of March 2024

They turned out amazing! Great tutorial, thanks.


Sunday 17th of March 2024

Bonnie, I'm so glad you like them. Thanks for stopping by.


Saturday 16th of March 2024

The planters look great...can't wait to try it...enjoy all your creative...


Saturday 16th of March 2024

Katt, I'm so glad you like this project. Let me know how yours turn out.