By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23
Cement statues are a fun garage sale find. With some paint and proper preparation, you can revitalize a statue into a fun lawn ornament. Sometimes you can get them for free. My neighbor was throwing away this seal and I jumped at the chance to upcycle it. This tutorial will show you how to upcycle a cement statue.
Clean up your cement statue. If there are holes you can fill them in with spackle paste. Once the spackle is dry, use sandpaper to make the surface smooth again.
Cement is porous so if you paint it directly the cement will suck moisture in and your paint job will peel. To prevent this, create a mixture of half water and half paint.
Paint the watered down paint onto the statue.
I painted two coats using watered down paint.
After painting the two coats I noticed some holes I had missed!
This was a simple fix. I just covered them with more spackle paste.
And after drying, I again sanded the spackle down to make the surface smooth.
Now you can paint the statue using regular paint.
Since I put on fresh spackle I needed to paint two coats again.
If you like the look of your statue you can stop here.
Alternatively, you can paint on details. My statue had the seal sitting on a rock. So I painted the rock gray to distinguish it.
With a sea sponge you can make an interesting effect. I sponged on gray, green, white and varying shades of blue.
For the rock I painted on browns and blacks with a dry brush.
I painted the eyes solid black to make them stand out against the sponge paint job.
Since this statue will be displayed outside I sprayed two coats of clear spray paint on to protect the paint.
Once dry your statue is ready for display.
I paired my seal with some sea shells to give the side of my house an ocean theme.