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 :)
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.
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:
- Metal item
- Vintaj Patina
- Smooth bristle brush
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.
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!
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.
A smooth bristled brush will leave visible brush strokes and a sponge brush will leave kind of a speckled look.
Multiple coats will give a more uniform look. I was happy with the mottled look so I stuck with 2 coats.
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.
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.
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!