Turn a Thrift Store Find Into Weathered “Concrete” Using Paint and Wax!

It happens to me all the time at the thrift store…I find home decor that has perfect lines, just the right look, “Good Bones” but it’s finished off with sloppy details, or an ugly color, or in this guy’s case, iridescent glaze! One look at this bunny and I knew I wanted to make him look like weathered concrete!

His features are so sweet, he is a perfectly proportioned bunny, just can’t see myself or anyone else fitting iridescent purple into their Spring decorating!

Follow along with me here as I explain how easy it is to make him look like weathered concrete.

I used the following products from Heirloom Traditions to achieve this look:

  1. Steamer Trunk paint – I painted two coats of this nice dark, charcoal gray. Any dark gray or black would work for this. Find it here: Steamer Trunk Paint on Heirloom Traditions website. On most surfaces, this paint does not require prep other than a good cleaning and drying. If you find, however, your first coat not wanting to adhere, you may have to prime your surface. For small decor items, I use a gray spray primer, even the cheapest one at the hardware store does the trick.
  2. Weathered White spray wax – Instead of spraying, I pour this into a small bowl and brush it on like a top coat. It is movable and workable for about a minute before it dries and leaves the surface sealed but still suitable for the next step. Find it here: Weathered White Wax on Heirloom Traditions website.
  3. Oxidized Patina Soft Wax – I work this in the surface with a small wax brush making sure to get that good, green, weathered look into all the nooks. Then I use a dry, soft cloth to rub and buff the surface to a matte, weathered finish. Find it here: Oxidized Patina Soft Wax on Heirloom Traditions website.

That’s it! So easy! I am an Heirloom Traditions retailer, working with products I love! The links to products are linked to my retailer account, but otherwise, I am not being compensated for writing this post, just sharing what I love to do!


Transform your thrift store finds with Heirloom Traditions paints and finishes! This weathered concrete look is easy to acheive with just three products!

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  1. Awesome! So happy for you! Can’t wait to read more. Go girl!

  2. what a transformation! :-)

  3. Love the way you broke the process down – and the result is totally inspiring!

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