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How to Paint an Aged Rust Finish

I once met a European girl who said to me, “You Americans are so  funny, you buy new things and make them look old” and we throw away old things and buy new. I love antiques and vintage things, but the reality is it’s hard to find decor items that are aged and vintage. If you want that farmhouse, weathered or rust finish look you have to make them yourself, unless you live near junk yards or go pick-in’.

Painted Aged Rust Look on Home Decor | Cheryl Phan

This is a picture frame I transformed that was originally black and made of plastic. I bought it for $2.00 at a thrift store. I love the detail on the frame and knew it would look amazing in this rust finish. Seriously, really looks like rust; doesn’t it!

Painted Aged Rust Finish Look on Home Decor | Cheryl Phan

 

This is the Rust Finish product I used to transform this frame in 3 easy steps. (My Affiliate Link)

Painted Aged Rust Look on Home Decor | Cheryl Phan

Step #1: Paint on the primer and let dry 1 hour

Painted Aged Rust Look on Home Decor | Cheryl Phan

Step #2: Paint on two coats of the Iron allowing it to dry 30 minutes between coats

FYI: This step has a smell to it.  

Painted Aged Rust Look on Home Decor | Cheryl Phan

Step #3: Spray on activator. Don’t over spray. Just make sure you cover the entire piece. It will take about 30-40 minutes to transform.

Here’s a quick instructional video for you to watch on how to paint aged rust:

The aged look is very popular. You can also do this with a faux patina finish. Check out this patina vase made with chalk paint.

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