How to Finish Cement Planters


Plants and flowers bring color and life to a home. Those purchased from garden centers and nurseries are planted in cheap plastic containers that are as flimsy as disposable cups. Glazed or finished flower pots, however, are rather costly. Cement planters are relatively inexpensive, but they are plain and lack color. A few inexpensive products can transform a boring cement planter.

Step 1

Fill a bucket or bowl with warm water and mild liquid soap. Scrub the planter with the warm soapy water and scrub brush. If the planter has nooks and crannies, spend some extra time scrubbing these areas. It is essential to remove all of the dirt, dust and loose cement in order for the paint to adhere properly.

Step 2

Set the planter in an area of your yard that receives full sunlight. Leave it there to dry for several hours. If there is any moisture still trapped in the cement, the paint will peel off.

Step 3

Paint the cement planter with paints made specifically for pottery and cement. Most chain craft stores stock more than one brand. Think outside the box when you paint the cement planters: paint patterns or images on the planter, using paint brushes of various widths.

Step 4

Allow the paint to dry completely, according to the directions on the paint bottle.

Step 5

Move the planter to an area of your yard that is well-ventilated. If there are cars downwind from this area, move them.

Step 6

Spray the planter with clear spray sealant. Let the sealant dry completely, and apply a second coat. Let the sealant dry for at least 48 hours before filling the planter with soil and plants.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild soap
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Scrub brush with soft to medium bristles
  • Paint made for pottery and cement
  • Paint brushes
  • Clear spray-on sealer


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Cyn Vela is a freelance writer and professional blogger. Her work has been published on dozens of websites, as well as in local print publications. Vela's articles usually focus on where her passions lie: writing, web development, blogging, parenting, gardening, and health and wellness. She studied English literature at Del Mar College, and at the University of Texas at San Antonio.