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How to Make Concrete Look Like Limestone

By Hollan Johnson

Concrete is a cheap alternative to natural limestone. However, you can still get the look of natural limestone without the cost. Limestone coatings, made out of crushed limestone, can be used to coat the concrete surface you want to look like real limestone for a fraction of the price of real limestone. Limestone coatings can be set on top of finished concrete or damp concrete to give your home an extravagant feel.

Mix the limestone coating with the proper amount of water for the amount of the coating you’re going to use. Mix the coating in a bucket or wheelbarrow.

Dampen the concrete surface if it’s already set and rinse off any dirt or debris.

Apply the limestone slurry mixture on top of the concrete. Thin the mixture out until it is between ¼ inch to 1 inch thick, and evenly thick on all areas. Use the trowel to apply the limestone mixture.

Allow the limestone to dry for 24 hours or longer until it is completely set.

Rub the 150- to 200-grit sandpaper on the surface. Polish the limestone until it’s evenly smooth.


Things You Will Need

  • Limestone coating
  • Bucket or wheelbarrow
  • Hose
  • Trowel
  • 150-200 grit sandpaper

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.