How to Easily Antique Metal Decor

How to Easily Antique Metal Decor

Hey Sweet Friends! I’m so glad that you are here. Today I am sharing how to antique metal-in this case I am antiquing an old tin kinght. A buddy of mine gave it to me 30 years ago, it has always stood by my front door. Every few years, he needs to be refinished to keep him from rusting.

This is what my knight in shining armor looks like now.

This antiquing process is so easy ans it works on so many different materials. You get a totally different look when you use different colors, but still use the finishing wax. There is no need to try and make each step perfect. The finish looks best when it isn’t perfect.

The base shows just how rusty he was getting,

The first step was to spray him with spray paint designed to stop rust. You can see at the base just how rusty he was getting. I chose a silver base coat.

These are the supplies that I used for this project.

I chose to layer the finish with four paint colors. I also used sandpaper, finishing wax and lint free cotton pads to spread the wax.

I sprayed black spaint in a random pattern to start layering for an antique look.
Then I sprayed a metalic copper paint in a random pattern.

Next. I took sandpaper and sanded the edges so that the silver paint would show through.

Lastly, I waxed it with a dark soft wax. This step is my favorite because you can really see all of the layers come together. The wax gives a wonderful antique look.

I’m just so happy how he turned out. He is now back on the front porch where he belongs.

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Barbara at Mantel and Table

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Oh how fun is that!? And congrats on your feature at CH&G! Your property looks as lovely as always!

Rachel Harper

Tuesday 23rd of February 2021

We are so excited to feature this post on our last week of Charming Homes & Gardens. Look for your feature tomorrow.


Wednesday 24th of February 2021

Thank you so much. I truly appreciate it.