There are thousands of different finishes that you can learn and once you've learned them, you'll be finishing your projects just as soon as purchasing them.
As you get started in learning these different techniques, I would suggest writing them down and creating a little index box.
Also, if we make any type of mixture, pour the remainder in a mason jar with a lid and label what it is.
Galvanized Finish on Paper Mache
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Spray the item with any kind of shiny, silver metal spray.
Dip the ends of the bristles in some white paint and wipe away most of the paint on a paper plate.
Then just dab, dab, dab, squishing the bristles down onto the letters.
Do that randomly all over, on the sides, etc. You can’t really mess this part up….unless you use too much paint. ;)
I used white Chalk Paint because it really looks best if the this paint has a “flat” finish.
Once the white paint is dry, now it’s time for black or gray paint.
I again used Chalk Paint in the color Graphite. (which is the perfect shade for this…sort of a very dark gray but not as harsh as straight black).
With the same technique, I dabbed over the letters randomly.
Then to finish off the look, I took what was left on the brush and wiped at the edges.
The edges would be one of the places that would naturally be worn/aged so it makes it look even more realistic.
Spray the jars with equal parts water and white wine vinegar - SPRITZ
Apply silver spray paint in light even coats - SPRAY
Wait a minute or so and then dab at the jars with a rag - DAB
Repeat the spritz, spray, and dab steps two more times and allow to dry.
How to Transfer Decorative Paper to Wood
Pick a floral stencil and get out your patching plaster. It is very important to make sure that the plaster is smooth. If it is lumpy, add a little water and mix it up with you hand mixer. Center the stencil where you want it to go.
Now you are ready to add the plaster. Dip your finger in the plaster so you will have a good dollop to start spreading over the stencil.
Now, slowly spread the plaster around the stencil. Add a little pressure to make sure the plaster is seeping into all the holes. Make sure the surface is fairly smooth. Wipe the excess plaster that may be outside the edges of the stencil with a paper towel.
Very carefully, pick up an edge of the stencil and lift it off.
It may or may not be perfect when you lift it off. If there are only minor imperfections, you can usually fix them with a toothpick and a steady hand.
Continue doing the same thing with any other appliques you may have.
How to Antique Tin
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As you can see from the Materials - this is an outdoor project.
Rubber Gloves are a must with this project. Consider this my word of warning. I was using rubber gloves myself and managed to get some of the cleaner on my skin that gave me a chemical burn. If this is something that is going to rapidly age metal, then yeah, it’s potent stuff! Remember we are creating antiqued tin, a process of weather metal that usually takes years.
I used the steel wool to apply the toilet bowl cleaner all over the surface of the tin. I picked spots to really scrub, making sure it produced a foam and didn’t all collect in the grooves of the tin.
Once you’ve got the tin coated with the toilet bowl cleaner, let it sit. This part will vary depending on your location. I was working on a really hot day (the upper 90s) which accelerated the chemical. I let the tin sit anywhere from 30-45 minutes. The longer it sits, the more antiqued the tin will look.
After letting the cleaner sit, I rinsed it completely off with a water hose. Honestly, it left a real sudds-ey look. Not exactly the worn and weathered look I was going for. So I scrubbed it down with a clean piece of steel wool and repeated the steps.
When you find a piece of old tin, I love the little chunks of rust that appear. To get your own rusting in just a few hours, leave a few pieces of torn steel wool in random spots once you’ve applied the toilet bowl cleaner. I found that doing this step during the first round and then going back over it with the cleaner for a second round really brought out some rusting and gave the antiqued tin a nice distressed look.
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