How to Paint Metal Decor with an Antique Finish

It’s been a few months since we have re-arranged a few rooms in our home.  In doing so, I decided I wanted to paint these two huge metal decor pieces I bought several years ago from Hobby Lobby.  I can’t tell you how many times I have received questions about these beauties!

When I first re-finished these two decor pieces, I was unsure if I actually liked them better than when I started!  Ugh, don’t you hate that.  Sometimes great ideas don’t turn out so great.  But after having them on my wall and decorating around them, I’ve decided they fit in so much better with everything else.

If you’re interested in finding your own similar decor pieces, you can find them here.


Step One

As you can see, they started out yellow.  I obviously loved the color when I bought them (I was also in the yellow/gold and red phase of my decorating life). Anyone else go through that?

Before you begin painting, be sure to tape the frame.


Step Two

I’m not sure if regular paint would actually stick to this material, so I went ahead and mixed a light grey paint I had in the basement and some drywall spackle.  I used this technique before on furniture, it creates a ‘chalk paint’ and sticks to the material.


Step Three

Use a paint brush and apply the paint.  As you can see from the original picture, it has an antique finish, where you can see the metal through the paint.  I didn’t want to completely cover that up, so I put on my artist hat and went to work.


Step Four

Use a paper towel, or tons of paper towels and rub off the paint on the metal parts.  This is where is starts to get fun.  You really can make it look how you want it to look.  In some places I rubbed more paint off, and some places I left more paint on.  

Once it’s finished and dry you can hang it back up on the wall and enjoy your hard work.  This project took me a good 1.5 hours, but I enjoyed every minute of it!

You can apply this technique to anything similar, I hope you try it out.  Go ahead and PIN this for later!


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