How To Give Painted Metal A Distressed Look

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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!

 

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

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.

 

 

The Rules:

  • 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 

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

 

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.

 

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

 

Up close!

 

 Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

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.

 

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

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.

 

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

 Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

 

What do you think?  I love it so much.  Here is one more shot of the wall!

 

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

If you like it…don’t forget to Pin It!

 

Do you love the distressed look on your painted furniture? Let me show you how easy it is to give painted metal a distressed look you will love! - www. michellejdesigns.com

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle

And now for more thrifty goodness!

 

Don’t forget to check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

 

 

18 Comments

  1. Nancy Janssen

    Very cool!

    22 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Nancy!!!

      23 . 06 . 2017
  2. Angela @ Simply Beautiful By Angela

    I love this! The details are so pretty and the white really makes them stand out. you did a fantastic job 🙂

    22 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Angela. It is so easy with the raised design but I love the way it turned out too.

      23 . 06 . 2017
  3. Kim

    I love THAT distressed detail!!!!! Awesome job!!

    22 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Kim. I think almost everything in my house is distressed! LOL!

      23 . 06 . 2017
  4. Debrashoppeno5

    that is a fabulous find and your painting it made it look even better.

    25 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Debra! I do love it. My photos just don’t do it justice AT ALL it looks so good in person!

      25 . 06 . 2017
  5. Pili

    When I first saw it i thought it was wood but then realized it was metal, what a great find and repUrpose, it looks fantasTic

    26 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Pili! It was so easy to paint and distress. I love the metal too.

      26 . 06 . 2017
  6. Lora

    Very pretty! A little distressing can add such great depth and texture.

    26 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Lora! I love distressing. I distress just about everything. I am glad you think it is pretty.

      26 . 06 . 2017
  7. Michelle James

    This metal shelf looks gorgeous in white! Your windmill really looks great on the shelf too! beautiful makeover!

    26 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Michelle. I love the shelf and it looks great on my kitchen wall.

      26 . 06 . 2017
  8. Carolann

    I love the look of distressed metal. Your decor looks so beautiful there! That shelf is beautiful! I’d love to find one like that too!

    27 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thank you Carolann. I got lucky at a garage sale and it was so cheap too! I grabbed it right away. I do love it in the kitchen on that wall.

      28 . 06 . 2017
  9. Toni | Small Home Soul

    I’m a little late getting here to check out your project but WOW what a huge difference. And for the better, you really freshened up that shelf and the distressing makes the pattern pop. It’s a perfect place for your cute half fan (that I still want btw 🙂 )

    30 . 06 . 2017
    • Michelle

      Thanks Toni! I love the white and I agree that it brightened it up a lot! Glad you made it over!

      30 . 06 . 2017

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