Monday, May 31, 2010

Crusty, Rusty DIY

This is a DIY project where you can take almost anything and give it a old, crusty, rusty appearance. I chose a $2.00 lamp to experiment on.  This is what I was going for:

This was a make it up as I go project. First I started with a shiny brass lamp I found for $2.00 at a junk store. Of course, I started painting before I  remembered the camera.

First I spray painted the lamp two coats of white.

Next I took craft paint in Burnt Umber and Brick Red and dry brushed these colors on the lamp. I was trying to achieve a rusty appearance. You want to leave some of the white showing.

At this point I am thinking this is the ugliest thing and I should just abandon this project!  It could not look any worse so I decided to persevere. Next I took wall Spackle and randomly applied it to the lamp. I started out using a small trowel but found out it worked better using my fingers. Leave areas of the dark paint showing.
Just play with the Spackle until you get a look you are happy with.  Below is the final result.

And another close up.

If you wanted a smoother appearance use your dampened  finger to smooth while the Spackle is still wet. You can also lightly sand when dry.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day. We celebrated yesterday with our son and family. Our community pool opened this weekend and the grandchildren had so much fun swimming. Afterwards we had a cookout at our house.  It was a fun time and good food.

Drop by the following parties and look at all the projects and goodies for this week.



Cathy said...

Great process! You took an old lamp and turned in to a cottage it!


Love the coral too!

sweet european dreams said...

nice transformation!

sissie said...

That was very ingenious!! Love how it turned out.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The lamp looks gorgeous. I love it. Fantastic job. Hugs, Marty

Crystal said...

Nice project!!

kim said...

Wow, that looked like fun playing with paint and spackle. Looks old and crusty for sure.

McCarthy Designs said...

Great result Sherry! I am glad that you persevered and finished it! Thanks for sharing. xx

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

This really looks like a vintage find now! Clever woman!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

This is so cool, Sherry! I love it!


Dawn said...

Yep i like it too well done for carrying on!

love Dawn xx

Shellbelle said...

What can I say, brilliant!

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Smart!!! and easy to do! Your lamp looks fab, congrats!!!

32˙North said...

Hi Sherry,

What a fun project! Something you'll enjoy every day and a great look!


trish said...

Looks great!

~~Carol~~ said...

Your lamp turned out wonderful! You just saved yourself a ton of money, because anything with that great finish costs a fortune! This is my first White Wednesday, and I'm very happy to meet you!
Happy WW!

One Cheap B*tch said...

It looks gorgeously shabby chic now! =) Coming over from Coastal Charm and a happy new follower!


Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I love that you kept going, it looks fabulous!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Great idea, glad you kept going, the result looks wonderful!

Lou Cinda said...

SHUT UP! This looks GREAT!! It is a good thing you just kept going because it really looks FAB!!

Great job!!

Lou Cinda :)

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

That turned out great!! I love it.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Sherry, you are so smart and so brave! I would not have tackled this makeover without directions, but you sure turned it into a great lamp! laurie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

I think it looks terrific!!

Great job!!


Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Hmmm, that technique looks familiar.....your lamp turned out nice!

eatlotsachocolate said...

The lamp is awesome. You are so good at creating things. I had an antique store years ago and I really enjoyed the time spent there.
I appreciated your thoughts and hope you come back to visit often. That incident happened twenty years ago and it was a great learning experience for a novice. Hopefully I won't forget the lesson learned.
Hope you have a great summer.
P.S. I am now a followr