How stain concrete sculptures and benches |Merrideth Jiles |Central Texas Gardener

How stain concrete sculptures and benches |Merrideth Jiles |Central Texas Gardener

Have you ever wanted one of those really nice stain concrete pieces but didn’t want to
shell out the money to get one? Well today let me show you how to do
that yourself. I’m Merrideth Jiles with Backyard Basics. I’ve got a couple of
disclaimers we want to throw out here first. We’re not actually going to perform these
techniques in here. We’re using some fairly caustic chemicals so we don’t want to have them here in the studio. Also this technique works much better on
like newer concrete pieces. If you have a really old piece, they tend
to kind of get naturally sealed despite weather and time. They may not absorb the color as much as
you might like. And as with any time you’re coloring something, you may want
to test an area before you go full blown and do the whole thing. So what we have here today are four statues that were all the same a couple of
days ago. This is your basic concrete Buddha statue. Now our first step we’re going to take and clean the statue
really good. Make sure it doesn’t have any dirt or any stickers or anything of that
nature. We want to get it down to a nice clean state. Maybe even wash it with some water
if you need to. Our next step is really quite simple. You may want to put on some nice
gloves just to make sure you’re protecting your skin and things like
that. But what we’re going to do is simply take
some liquid iron from the garden. We’re going to put this straight into a
spray bottle. Now we’re just gonna spray the entire piece. Now liquid iron as you
can see is quite a good stai. So you want to make sure you put something down. Maybe try not to work on your driveway or your deck or anything of that
nature because you don’t want to stain that. So make sure you’ve got a good work area
before you start. Now a piece like this, I let it dry for about 10 minutes in the
sun, it was ready to go. If I wanted it darker I could have
actually put another layer on there and that will actually bring out more those reds
and that kind of natural rust color. The liquid iron is literally getting
into the concrete and resting. Now for our next step we’re gonna need
to move fairly quickly, you have to be in a rush, but don’t stop and go check the
sports scores. Keep moving. So the first thing we’re
going to do is we’re going to get some wood stain. I
chose a color called espresso because it was nice and dark but there’s so many
different colors out there. We’re going to take a simple little
paint brush. We’ll be dipping it in our wood stain and then we’re going to simply apply it evenly across the entire piece. All the way down in all the nooks and
crannies and all-around. Now when you first do this you may be a
little surprised. It’s going to be very, very dark. But then comes our next step. We’re going
to take something like mineral spirits. We’re actually going to apply that to a rag or to a sponge. Then we’re going to come back and start wiping that stain off. And you’ll see very quickly that in the
smooth areas the stain comes off fairly well. It stays a
little darker but comes off pretty good. But down in all of our little nooks and
crannies, the stain will stay and it will give it that aged, weathered
look. And overtime in nature, dirt and things like that would settle in these little
crevices and that’s what gives it that aged look. Now if you’re concerned that it’s still a
little too dark in the crevices, you might take something like a stiff
bristle brush and just get a work down in those areas and try to get a little more of
that stain out. It is easier to maybe come back and make
it darker but once it’s darker than you want, it’s
hard to get lighter again. Now once you’ve come to that step you could leave
it just like that but if you want to seal it naturally and
keep that look a little longer, you could use a product like bees wax.
Bees wax is a great natural sealant and that’s what I’ve done with this one here. It does make it a little bit darker but we’ve actually got that bees wax
down in the pores of the concrete and so that’s going to help keep the
color in there longer and keep it looking this way. As a testament to how this technique
works, I have my frog here. This is the first piece that I ever did
in this way and I did it fifteen years ago it’s been sitting out
the Texas weather since then and this is what it looks like. This is Merredith Giles showing you how
to stain your own concrete in a simple and easy way. Have a great day.

Comments (12)

  1. I adore that frog!!!! where can I purchase it????

  2. Thanks a lot for sharing. Appreciate it! 🙂

  3. Great tutorial, thank you so much. I have gotten just the right look for my statues thanks to this tutorial. Thank you!

  4. Very Interesting video – Question: Never heard of wood stain for concrete but love the look – I'm working on tree….bark look and this technique would be perfect……….however, from Canada with harsh winters. Any idea if your method would still work? And is the beeswax something that needs applying yearly?

  5. Thank you very much for some great new techniques to try! Great work!!

  6. +CentralTexasGardner
    Excellent! Thanx. Just got my son an ornamental bird bath in concrete. Greek theme. Got some greenery to stain for him!
    One question. Really? You were prevented from demonstrating real-time the technique?

  7. Great to see that woodprix has new instructions to save my money and energy to build it.

  8. I have a hard time finding liquid iron on Amazon.  Where can i buy it?

  9. Thou shall have no other gods but me


  11. Does anyone know the purpose of the liquid iron? Considering it’s being followed by wood stain. Much thanks

  12. Thank you 🙂 I'm going to try your technique on a concrete pot for indoors.

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