Painting a Concrete Bird Bath

What You'll Need
Tarp or expendable towel
Concrete sealer
Concrete-safe paint
3 paintbrushes
Garden hose
Warm water
Mild soap
Spray bottle

Painting your concrete bird bath can be a great way to brighten up your front or backyard. Lest you be put off by the job's perceived difficulty, it may interest you to learn that painting a concrete bird bath can be a fun and simple undertaking.

Step 1 - Clean Your Bird Bath

Before proceeding to paint your concrete bird bath, you'll need to give it a vigorous cleaning. Begin this step by combining warm water with a mild liquid soap inside of an empty spray bottle. Next, securely seal the bottle and give it a thorough shaking. You will then need to apply the cleaning solution to your bird bath, paying special attention to any noticeably filthy areas. Once your cleaner has been applied, use a hard-bristled scrub brush to purge any caked-on dirt, debris or grime. After successfully cleaning your bird bath, rinse off any remaining cleaning solution with a garden hose and allow the bath to air dry.

Step 2 - Apply Your Concrete Sealer

Now that your freshly cleaned bird bath has fully dried, it's time to apply your concrete sealer. Start this process by laying your bird bath down on a tarp or expendable towel, then turning it upside down. Once the bath has been properly positioned, use a paintbrush to apply your concrete sealer to the exterior of the bath in broad, even strokes. It is recommended that you use a non-toxic sealer for this task, as it will not harm any animals that come into contact with your bird bath. After placing a fresh coat of sealer on the bath's exterior, allow it to dry overnight in a safe, well-ventilated environment. Repeat this step for the bird bath's interior.

Step 3 - Apply Your Primer

Having given your sealer time to fully dry, it's safe to apply your primer. Begin this step by once again turning your concrete bird bath upside down and using a clean paintbrush to apply a coat of primer to the bath's exterior in broad, even strokes. After allowing the primer to dry for the amount of time specified on the product's packaging, apply another coat of primer to the interior portion of the bath, then allow it to dry.

Step 4 - Paint Your Bird Bath

Now that your primer and sealer have been applied, you're ready to begin the painting process. In much the same fashion as your primer and sealer, begin the paint job by turning your bird bath upside down. Next, use a clean paintbrush to apply your paint to the bath's exterior in smooth, even strokes. Once the exterior has been fully painted, give it ample time to dry, then turn the bath over and proceed to paint the interior in a similar fashion.

After your interior paint dries, it is recommended that you apply at least one additional coat of paint to both parts of your bird bath. Before proceeding to do this, you'll need to repeat step 3. To that end, make sure to apply a fresh coat of primer for every additional coat of paint.