Transform a Plastic Planter to Look Like Weathered Stone

You can create the look of weathered concrete or easily on any surface by using Spackle or Stucco Patch. In this post I am sharing one more way to create DIY stone finish using a craft paint called Tommy Rock Paste and Coating.

Last week I shared a glimpse of some of the decorative items I used to pretty up the deck on the lake side of my house for the outdoor living season. After I wrote that post, I went in search for more items to use.

I had fun shopping the house, every room, nook and cranny to find stuff to place outside.

Thrifty ideas on how to decorate outdoors and in a garage.

One item or actually 3 items I found – a trio of mini faux boxwood globes, I decided to move from the garage out to the deck where they would add more interest.

When fall arrives in 6 months, I can place them back in the garage. :-)

How to paint plastic to look like stucco or a stone surface.

When I got the trio outside and placed them on the table, I didn’t like the faux clay look of the plastic pots.

“Oh, well”, I thought – “Back to the garage they go”, but then I remembered I had received a new DIY paint to try out that is not like any paint I have ever used. It is a texture paint called Rock Paste that when used with different colored finishes creates all types of faux stone effects.

I thought maybe I could make the plastic pots look like stone pots using the paint.

There have been a few times that I used weathered stone textured spray paint and textured spray paint for plastic on a few flower pots, lamps and a few other items over the years, but I have never been happy with how the paint looks.

It ended up looking more like sand and overall the finish looked too even. Real stone has lots of variations in color and texture.

Tommy Art Texture Paint - It is paint that looks like stone

So I figured I had nothing to lose and went for it. I gathered the textured paint finish products I received and got to work.

In less than an hour I transformed the pots to look like stone and stucco. It was so easy since you don’t have to apply the paint perfectly. A messy application looks better.

Step by step faux stone painting tutorial showing how to create texture or a rock finish on any surface.

What do you think? Pretty cool, right?

How to paint faux stone look on a plastic flower pot using Tommy Art paint. It is a stone effect paint that is so easy to apply to achieve the look of real stone, rock or stucco.

To achieve the textured stone look on the plastic pots I used Tommy Art Rock Paste and antiquing coatings and colors from Tommy Art DIY Paint.

Tommy Art carries a whole line of DIY paints and products from mineral paints, metallic, hammered metal, shine, texture, transfer gels and other special effects paints and coatings.

You can even use stencils with the Rock Paste that I used. Check out the video at the end of this post to see what can be created.

How to Create The Look of Weathered Rock or Textured Stone on Any Surface

How to paint a faux stone look on a plastic flower pot using Tommy Art paint. The Rock Paste adds the layer of  texture. Once dry, you can leave it as is or add a layer of color coating over it to achieve the look of real stone, rock or stucco.

supplies needed:

  • Tommy Art DIYPaint – Rock Paste
  • Tommy Art gray coating – Dove Grey
  • Tommy Art Antiquing coating – Gold Metallic
  • Tommy Art Antiquing wax
  • Stiff paint brush
  • Damp cloth or sponge
How to faux stone painting tutorial on plastic flower pots.
  1. Using a stiff paint brush, spread the Rock Paste over the entire surface. Leave light or create heavy texture depending on your personal preference for a weathered rock appearance. Let dry completely.
How to apply texture paint to change the surface of any item to look like stone, rock or stucco.

2. Apply a layer of color over the Rock Paste. There are many colors to choose from. I used the Dove Gray coating over surface, sponge some of it off immediately to create uneven color. You can mix the colors to get a truly custom color. Let dry.

Step by step tutorial showing how to create texture or a rock finish on any surface.

3. Pour a little bit of the antiquing wax and gold metallic paint onto a paper plate. Dip a sponge into the mix to pick up both colors. Apply to the entire surface dabbing up and down. Make sure the coating penetrates the textured areas.

Step by step tutorial showing how to create texture or a rock finish on any surface.

4. Use a damp cloth or sponge to immediately remove some of the antiquing coating. Remove unevenly for a more realistic stone-like look.

How to create a rock surface using texture paint.

5. Add more or less of the antiquing coat until you get the stone effect you want.

Textured Painted Flower Pot painting tutorial that looks like stone.

The Rock Paste and color coating dry very fast so you can use whatever you added the stone effect to right away. It is very cool and the rock paste can be used in so many other creative ways besides creating faux stone finishes…

YouTube video
…Check out this video that shows a creative way to use stencils to create art for your home using the Rock Paste.
Textured stone effect Painted Flower Pots in a line on an outdoor table.

I like the plastic pots much better now, they look more realistic and perfect for outdoor decor.  The best part, the textured pots will go with the new color scheme of the house that is getting painted next week!!!!

Have you ever textured painted something to look like stone?


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  1. I love all what you’ve done. So creative. I think i know the answer, but can you plant real plants in these pots? Or will the plaster of paris, stucco etc fall off. Thanks

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Angela –

      You can place real plants in planters that you faux weather. The inside of the planter is not altered so the dirt and water will be contained. If you layer the plaster of Paris on in light coats – the finish will last forever. The only thing I am not sure about is letting the faux planters sit outside in the elements. This may eventually wear the finish down. I keep mine inside.

  2. Hello :) I am a newbie to crafting. What product(s) would you have me use to upcycle a standard black plastic pot such that it would make its way through a PNW winter, which is to say lots of rain, periodic snow, temps occasionally as low as the teens?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Mirilla – You could use Stucco patch and then acrylic outdoor craft paint in the color you want. See this post:

  3. Shannon @ Skip to My Life says:

    Love it! I am in the midst of aging galvanized metal pots with one of your previous tutorials. The stone look is great also and one to try at a later date. Love these smaller projects!

  4. Linda C Johnston says:

    Very, very cool! I have used the faux stone spray too. It works in some applications, but like you, I don’t think it actually looks like stone! I was wondering if you could use art modeling paste. Apply to pot, dry, paint. What do you think?

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda –

      I never have used modeling paste, but I am all about experimenting and trying things out as you never know. It may work perfectly. It can’t hurt to try, especially if you already have the modeling paste in your supply stash.

  5. Kari @ Me and My Captain says:

    What a great idea Diane…and it looks great too. A simple fix for sure.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kari – The pots came out better than I thought. It was a fun product to use to be able to create the look I was going for. :-)

  6. Cool product!! Can’t wait to see your newly painted house ?