Faux Cement and Moss Painted Garden Gnomes

Do you have any yard ornaments or garden objects that need an update?

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We’ve had these two garden gnomes for years.  And while they’re cute and whimsy with their bright colors, they were just out of place in the new yard. I recently saw a video on garden object transformation using Plaid FolkArt Dimensions Moss Effect.

I rushed to the store to buy some that weekend!

It’s a new faux paint product, and as a big fan of faux, I was very excited to try it. These paints can be used for both indoor and outdoor projects, and they work on most hard surfaces. They also have a faux cement paint and several other finishes.

For this project, I used a different faux cement technique with chalk paint.

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Faux cement and moss painted garden gnomes

First, I cleaned and scrubbed the gnomes to get the best adhesion.  One of them was cement, the other was resin, by the way.

Make garden objects look like cement.

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I applied 2 coats of a cement colored chalk paint, allowing for dry time in between coats.  I used Waverly brand in color Mineral.

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I sprayed the painted gnomes with several light coats of clear sealer. I used Rustoleum 2X Clear Coat in matte finish, which is durable enough for outdoor use.

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Fake moss paint in 2 steps

The Dimensions Moss Effect paint comes in a light and dark shade.  The directions recommend using both as a 2 stage process.

The faux mossing started with the light shade.

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Then I added the darker shade, and too much of it. I was initially going for that full moss coverage look.  You make have seen that look out there in webland… anyway, I decided that I wanted more contrast.

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So, I let it all dry, then I want back and dabbed on a bunch more of the lighter shade.

Close-up you can see the dimension or texture effect from the paint.

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Less is more. Unless…

These gnomes look a little more mossy in the pictures than they actually look in person. Nevertheless, you can use as much or as little of the paint effect as you want.

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Be conservative with the paint at first.  You can always add more unless you are going for a full moss coverage look.

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Now these gnomes look more cohesive with the look I am going for.  I love that this paint can be used both indoors and outdoors.  It’s a great product for giving an aged or weathered look to garden objects, yard ornaments, rustic outdoor furniture and more.

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~ Amy

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4 Responses to Faux Cement and Moss Painted Garden Gnomes

  1. Anne@DesignDreams July 18, 2016 at 6:41 am #

    Oh I like them much better that way! Great idea Amy!

  2. Marie June 24, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    These are awesome! I probably wouldn’t look twice at the gnomes before but after your makeover, I’m in love! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

    • Amy June 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm #

      Thanks so much, Marie. Yeah, they are kinda cute to have around the garden, lol. Thanks so much for hosting the party!!

  3. Ann June 25, 2017 at 11:34 am #

    Well done! So creative and perfect for my faded gnomes. Can a mossy gnome home and “cement” gnomes find a place in my garden. I think yes!

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