How to Paint Concrete Garden Statues

Concrete statues in a garden.
  • 1-3 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 170-220
What You'll Need
Face mask
Epoxy primer
Oil-based paint
Polyurethane topcoat
Feather duster
Vacuum cleaner
Hard bristled scrub brush
Mild liquid soap
Warm water
Tarp or expendable towel

Concrete garden statues are useful tools for brightening up any household garden. However, if you think uncolored concrete is a little too dull, you may want to consider painting these statues.

Step 1 - Clean Your Statue

You'll need to give your concrete garden statue a vigorous cleaning before proceeding to paint it. Begin by using a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner with brush attachments to remove any dust or cobwebs from the statue. Next, give your statue a thorough scrubbing with a hard bristled scrub brush and a mixture of warm water and mild liquid soap.

Step 2 - Apply Your Primer

A concrete statue in a garden.

Now that your freshly cleaned statue has had ample time to dry, place it on a tarp or expendable towel and begin applying your epoxy primer. If you wish to paint the underside of your statue, begin the epoxy application by turning the statue on its side and using a paintbrush to apply your epoxy primer to the bottom of the statue. Don't forget to apply epoxy in an open-air or well-ventilated area, and for extra safety wear a face mask to avoid inhaling any fumes.

Step 3 - Paint Your Statue

After your epoxy primer has had ample time to dry, you're free to begin painting the statue. In much the same fashion as your primer, begin this process by applying your oil-based paint to the underside of your concrete garden statue and allowing it to dry. Next, apply your paint to the rest of the statue using smooth, even strokes. Follow up by applying a coat of polyurethane topcoat for maximum protection.