Seal it in cement

I know this will come as a shock to many, but I happened to be wandering the aisles of Target yesterday and came across this interesting product as I was searching for letters for my font wall (more on that later). Here’s what I found:
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I could NOT just leave it there without trying it, so, of course, I bought it! And picked up a cute wooden “R” to go along with it. And a “W”. And some other unrelated items… per usual. Go in for 5 things, come out with a cart full and an empty wallet!

Once I got home, I got to work! I really wasn’t sure what this textured cement finish entailed (there’s no real description of what you might use it for and the directions are pretty basic) but I figured that if I didn’t like it on this “R”, I could just go BACK TO TARGET for another one. I know, pure torture.

I gave the “R” a quick black base coat using acrylic. I didn’t know if the color would show through, but just in case, I knew I wanted it to be dark and not just plain wood.
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Once it was dry, I gave the container of cement a good shake and grabbed a stipple brush to apply the cement texture. I used the brush to give the texture a little stir as I was prepping to add it to the letter. I wanted to make sure I had a nice balance of grit and liquid as I was applying the texture.

I added more texture in some places and let the paint show through in
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Once the whole letter was covered, I IMG_8519needed to let it dry for awhile – maybe an hour?

With a heavier coating in some areas of the R, it took longer to dry. But, it was super easy and very unique.

 

 

Finished product: IMG_8529

Love it! And, it’s going to look perfect on my font wall.

Supplies you’ll need for this project:
– Handmade Modern Textured Cement Finish
– Wooden Letter of your choosing
– Acrylic paint
– Paint brush
– Course brush for applying texture
– About an hour of time

 

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