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How to Paint Cement Yard Art

You can make a landscape go from dull to wow with colorfully painted pieces of yard art nestled among the flowers and ground cover. You can paint a cement turtle or gnome inexpensively with stain or latex paint. A gnome in the yard is colorful and whimsical when painted in bright latex colors.

Painted cement or stone statues add a bit of whimsy to your yard.

Things You Will Need

  • Roll of plastic or newspapers
  • Cement turtle
  • Bag of rags
  • 2 cans of stain in pine green and light walnut
  • 3 stain brushes, 1-inch each
  • 3 pairs of latex gloves
  • Can of stone stain wax sealant
  • Cement gnome
  • Can of masonry primer
  • 4 pints of outdoor latex in red, green, black and white
  • 3 paintbrushes, 2-inches, 1-inch, ½-inch

You can make a landscape go from dull to wow with colorfully painted pieces of yard art nestled among the flowers and ground cover.  You can paint a cement turtle or gnome inexpensively with stain or latex paint. A gnome in the yard is colorful and whimsical when painted in bright latex colors.  Stain a turtle to create natural appeal, then seal with a wax sealant. Use these step-by-step guidelines for the best results and have fun. 

Stain A Turtle

  1. Prepare a flat surface area with plastic. Set the cement turtle, gloves, two rags, two cans of stain, stain wax sealant and three stain brushes on the prepared table. Put on the latex gloves and use a rag to clean off the cement turtle of any sand, dirt or debris. Use a dry ½-inch brush to get inside crevices to remove any powdered cement or stone. Rinse out the brush with soap and water after use.
  2. Paint the turtle, not the shell, with the pine green stain, using the 1-inch brush. Use a rag to rub away some of the stain from protruding parts of the turtle. Rub the areas that should be lighter in color than the rest of the turtle.
  3. Spread the light walnut stain on the turtle's shell with a 1-inch brush. Use a clean rag to rub the areas that need to be lighter for contrast. Allow to dry. Use the last stain brush to seal the stain with stain wax sealant. Allow the turtle to dry, then add one more coat of stain wax sealant.

Paint a Gnome in Outdoor Latex Paint

    A brightly painted gnome can accent your outdoor garden.
  1. Cover a flat surface area with plastic. Set the cement gnome, gloves, two rags, four cans of outdoor latex paint, can of masonry primer and three paintbrushes on the prepared table. Put on the latex gloves and use a rag to clean off the cement gnome of any sand, dirt or debris. Use a dry ½-inch brush to get inside crevices to remove any powdered cement or stone. Rinse out the brush with soap and water after use.
  2. Paint the gnome with masonry primer, using the 1-inch brush. Allow to dry. Wash out the brush in soap and water.
  3. Paint the pants and shoes black, using the ½-inch brush. Wash the brush. Paint the shirt with a ½-inch brush in green paint. Apply red paint to the gnome's hat and leave the white pom pom on the end. Mix white with a bit of red and black to create a flesh-tone for the gnome. Apply the face color to the hands and face, then allow the gnome to dry.
  4. Tip

    An outdoor latex paint will last 15 to 20 years depending on the manufacturer. Latex paints can withstand up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and cold temperatures as well. Keep the extra latex paint for touch-ups as needed.

    Warning

    Paint in a well-ventilated area. Use latex gloves to protect your skin.

Things You Will Need

  • Roll of plastic or newspapers
  • Cement turtle
  • Bag of rags
  • 2 cans of stain in pine green and light walnut
  • 3 stain brushes, 1-inch each
  • 3 pairs of latex gloves
  • Can of stone stain wax sealant
  • Cement gnome
  • Can of masonry primer
  • 4 pints of outdoor latex in red, green, black and white
  • 3 paintbrushes, 2-inches, 1-inch, ½-inch

Tip

  • An outdoor latex paint will last 15 to 20 years depending on the manufacturer. Latex paints can withstand up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and cold temperatures as well. Keep the extra latex paint for touch-ups as needed.

Warning

  • Paint in a well-ventilated area. Use latex gloves to protect your skin.

About the Author

Chérie De Sues is an internationally "bestselling" author of fiction and nonfiction. She also has more than 30 years of experience as a surgical first assistant in the operating room and writes health articles. When she takes a break, you can find her crafting, painting watercolors, refurbishing furniture and catching up on new fashions.

Photo Credits

  • Stone Turtle Statue image by bayu harsa from Fotolia.com
  • Stone Turtle Statue image by bayu harsa from Fotolia.com
  • park gnome 01 image by fotosergio from Fotolia.com