If you’ve been following for a while, you know I love a good trash to treasure… and I love age and patina… even if it’s fake. And today, my friends, I have another easy tutorial for you that hits both those marks. Do you have any old metal plant stands? Then you’re in luck.
I originally shared this tutorial on Love Grows Wild, but after your wonderful response to my faux oxidized copper candlesticks tutorial, I thought you might want to see this one, too. I started with an old, cheap flower pot stand that we’ve had for years (and we probably only spent $5 or so originally). It was a little rusted, but the size and shape was just what I needed. Here’s the transformation:
And here are the supplies I used:
- old plant stand
- metal primer spray paint
- funky green latex (that looked like oxidized copper color to me)
- gold craft paint
- dark wax
- off-white latex or chalk paint
I already had everything except the green paint (which I probably could have mixed up myself using things I already had… but when I spotted this sample for $3 at Lowe’s, it just seemed too easy!).
To achieve this look:
- spray the stand with metal primer (you might not need it, but I thought it would be good to cover up the rust)
- dry brush on the green (keep the coverage fairly light)
- hit a few highlights with the gold (just wherever it strikes your fancy)
- cover the entire thing in dark wax, rubbing into the paint to give it the worn effect
At this point, you might be done! I really liked the finished product while I was outside, and I probably would have left it just so if I were leaving the table on the porch. Once I brought it in, though, it seemed a little too vibrant against my other furniture, so I gave it a light wash with the off-white paint.
If you’re not familiar with a “wash,” simply dip your paintbrush in a cup of water before you dip it in the paint; it will water down your paint to a nice, thin consistency. For more tips on whitewashing, see this full tutorial.
I love the final result! It’s a perfect little side table: small enough to fit into any nook or cranny… but large enough for a book and a cup of coffee. For now, though, it is actually holding the diaper bin in my daughter’s nursery.
Talk about versatile! I love how it adds just a touch of vibrant color but still has an aged, layered, worn, natural metal look. What do you think? Could you use a faux oxidized metal finish on something?
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