How to Paint Metal – Tin Mirror DIY

January 7, 2016Allison Murray
Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

Want to learn how to paint metal? Bear with my while I reminisce :) …there was this one spring season where I was killing it at gardening. And I mean that in a good way… every other year, not so good :) I planted tons of plants and spent so. much. money. at the local nursery, Earl’s. I was given lots of great tips about what to grow and how to grow it and it was fantastic. The main reason why I had such an easy time with it was because I had taken up with a feral cat I had named Rowena. Sometimes I’d call her RoRo :)

Rowena - feral kitty made tame (ish)

That is Miss Thing up there. She was a little bit crazy and I had so many scratches on my hands from where she’d suddenly decide “eff this bidness” and would be desperate to run off when we first made friends. I had seen her as a kitten living in my tin horn and I tried for ages to coax her out. She’d his and growl and she was such a mean little thing! In truth I think that only made me want to love her more. How she survived those months all alone out in my ditch I’ll never know.

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It wasn’t until she was pretty well full grown when it started to get cold. It was a bad winter that year with ice snapping my pine trees into ugly, broken looking things. Still unsure of me she’d eat my food and drink my water but kept her distance. One day I was so worried watching outside ice up. So I did what any rational person would do and sealed off my guest room and opened the window. See all that stuff around RoRo? That’s the guest room bedding :) She came in and I kept her with food and water until one day she let me touch her. In fact she just came right up to me as I was filling up the food, sat her butt down on that carpet and got to eating. Just like that we were cool. By the time spring came around she was my inside outside cat, still being kept separate from my other kitties because she tried to kill little Miss Marla. That guest room window stayed open all day, no matter the weather, and she would come and go. At night she’d settle in and I’d watch TV and lay down on the bed and cuddle with her for a little bit.

All of the sudden, we no longer had snakes and I felt free to garden and dig around in the mulch without fear. It was amazing. When Ro was in heat and all set to be fixed that spring a terrible tornado was headed straight in my direction. There was no way I could keep her in the bathroom with my 2 other cats, Marla and Gracie because they did NOT get along. So I did the only thing I could think of and opened the window and she immediately took off, surely to find a spot that was safe. I had trust in that because she had such an amazing survival instinct. Roro came back pregnant and that’s how I got my Pretty Liddy and Maxamilion Von Fuzzybottom :) But I got SUPER off track here. Let’s make some color, shall we?

 

For this project you will need:

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

This is Vintaj Patina. You can buy it only, like at Amazon here, or you can find it in the jewelry section at Hobby Lobby and, I think, maybe even Michael’s. This is seriously the best. paint. ever. for metal and I’ve tried a gazillion things.

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

And here is my metal object. This is a tin mirror hecho en Mexico, or made in Mexico. I got it from a Mexican artisan festival and I loved the look but hated how plain it was. Luckily I DIY so it was no thang!

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

Give the paint a good shake. There’s a ball inside and it needs to mix the paint well. When you dab it down it should be nice and opaque like the drop you see above.

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

A smooth bristled brush will leave visible brush strokes and a sponge brush will leave kind of a speckled look.

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

Multiple coats will give a more uniform look. I was happy with the mottled look so I stuck with 2 coats.

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

The colors can be used together which is absolutely fabulous! I wanted the blue to be more uniform, less patchy, and applied the paint heavily and then sloped it around inside of each cup for my flowers.

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

Keep a few cotton swabs on hand so that you can easily clean up any places the paint drips. Once this stuff dries it DRIES and I haven’t figured out how to remove it. Go slow and take your time, cleaning up mistakes as you go.

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

This lovely lady of a mirror is hung in my office/craft room and I love it hanging over my shelf. It was pretty before but the flowers are so much more defined with the pink petals and blue centers.

This paint works on metal, period. You probably aren’t going to find a mirror just like this one because I lucked out just due to my proximity to Mexico BUT there are so many different things you can use this paint on. I hope you’ll DIY up that metal business like nobody’s business!

Learn how to paint metal. It's so easy when you have the right paint! Done beautifully on this pretty tin mirror!

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Comments (4)

  • Pat Schwab

    January 7, 2016 at 11:41 AM

    Allison, RoRo’s story reminds me of a cat named Ralph. She (yes, I did say she) was my upstair neighbor’s cat when I lived on the first floor of a four suite building. She became my visiting cat. It started in the winter, one night I heard meowing outside my bedroom window. I got up to peek outside and there was Ralph on my windowsill. It was freezing outside and well I couldn’t just leave her outside. I opened my window and in she came, snow and all. Ralph curled up in bed with me. In the morning, I opened the window and let her back out. She became a regular visitor. Did I mention she was missing most of her tail? That is how I ended up with a part-time cat who liked to sleep with me and roam around during the day. She was a sweetie.

    1. Allison Murray

      January 7, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      That is so wonderful and, by the by, I love the name Ralph so much. I had many (male) Ralph pets as a kid! I’m glad you gave her a warm place to sleep and I’m sure you were an amazing companion for her :)

  • Miriam Diamond-Barber

    January 19, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    90% alcohol will take off the patinas.

    1. Allison Murray

      January 19, 2016 at 9:11 AM

      Hey! Thanks so much for the tip. That’s awesome to know! I appreciate your time to comment :)

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