Welcome! My last post featured my DIY farmhouse half windmill but today I am showing you how I created the shelf it is sitting on. I am going to give you a super quick lesson on how to give painted metal a distressed look!
June Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge
This metal shelf that I got at a garage sale is one of my new favorites and I created its new look for the June Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. I love this challenge every month. Do you know why? Because I have a million and one things in my garage to choose from. It is fun to grab an old purchase and make it into a new something!
This challenge involves many of my blogger friends and we all have the best time. So be sure to check out all of the projects but clicking on the links below.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | The Kolb Corner Kim | Made in a Day
Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles Pili | Sweet Things
Debra | Shoppe No. 5 Jeanie | Create & Babble
Kimm | Reinvented Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom
Michelle | Michelle James Designs Kimberly | Farmhouse Made
Molly | Just a Little Creativity Lora | Craftivity Designs
Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek Toni | Small Home Soul
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How To Give Painted Metal A Distressed Look
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For this project, creating a distressed look was easy as can be. That is because of the raised pattern on the shelf. This is what the shelf looked like when i purchased it at a garage sale about a month ago.
I am in love with the design and I could see immediately that it would look amazing white with a distressed pattern. So that is what I did. It really needed a primer so I started by spraying a white primer on it. I did two coats then moved on to a white chalk paint. This paint is by Rustoleum and It only needed one coat of the paint and I used my sprayer for that too. The HomeRight paint sprayer is my favorite.
Distressing The Metal
All I needed to create the distressed look was my sanding block. The paint and primer sanded nicely on the raised areas and made quick work of the distressing. Since it was going to be up on the wall I did not worry about a wax or top coat finish. I loved it just the way it was!
Another way to give painted metal a distressed look is be to add a dark wax or to dry brush a darker paint over the top in the places you want it to look distressed.
If you are going to re-paint the piece, adding a little vaseline to the areas where you want the paint to resist before painting. After painting, wipe off the areas where you added vaseline. The paint comes right off and reveals what color came before it.
You can sand as much as or little as you like to achieve the look you want.
What do you think? I love it so much. Here is one more shot of the wall!
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