Faux Finish Rust Effect DIY

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How to Create a Faux Finish Rust Effect on Decorative Accents in Your Home Decor

Hi Everyone, I am back and excited to share with you a technique that is really quick and easy when you want to add a faux rust to any project.

Lately over at One More Time Events we have been busy making some changes to our family room. We have been rearranging and adding the new color grey. I am just loving how they are now mixing tans and grey’s in home decor.

How to faux rust finish on home decor

Our family room is done in neutrals and makes it easy to add to when wanting to make changes for the seasons or holidays. Which I do often, (probably too often) so keeping it neutral allows us to add color(s) by just adding a few things like throws, pillows or small decor pieces.

While I like the elegant side of things my husband likes a rustic feel. So mixing the two has become a must when it comes to decorating the family room.

Today I am going to share with you a couple ways how to add a faux rust to a couple of projects we did for the family room.

I’ll  share a little secret about this desk… I have always struggled with it in the family room. My husband loves it! Me…not so much.  I always felt it didn’t go well with what we have in the family room and when taking pictures, I always avoided it and cropped it out, until now!!!

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By rearranging and giving it a place of it’s own with a new mercury rusted mirror that hangs above the desk, along with adding the faux rusted letter pulled it all together nicely.

DIY rust letters decorations

Craft Supplies

To create this faux finish rust effect on decorative letters, you will need the following craft supplies:

  • DIY Paper mache letters
  • Silver Gloss enamels metallic paint (you could use any grey or silver paint)
  • Nutmeg or Cinnamon (I personally like the nutmeg because of the black flakes in it)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Sponge brush.
craft supplies for faux rust decorated letters

Instructions on How to Make Faux Rust Letters

Cover Paper Mache letters with a coat of the silver paint. While it is still wet, sprinkle your nutmeg. Apply lightly in certain areas and heavily in others.

White washed your letters with some white paint and a very damp sponge brush.

To finish and seal your letters, apply a coat of mod podge.

DIY Faux Finish on Metal and Other Decor

This faux finish technique works on several different surfaces.

Next, I used the technique on a mail box, which once used in the yard as a planter . Originally I was going to use it as a trash can by the desk, but decided to use it to place some faux natural grass in it.

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diy faux rust look decorative accents

I did the same technique as I did on the paper maché letters, but I gave the mailbox a coat of  weathered grey  wood stain and highlighted with Sun bleached wood stain.  Let Dry.

Apply silver paint in a random order and proceeded with the same technique with the nutmeg, white wash and Modpodge.

Close-up of the Patina


The Faux Finish Rust Effect – End Result

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About Tammy

Tammy enjoys the challenge of reinventing her décor. She’s great at figuring out how to make something out of ‘nothing’. To her, ‘left-overs’ have a purpose. She has an urge to recycle |reuse | revamp | redecorate | remodel. And she does so, creatively, beautifully and naturally. Her works shows her love for decorating.

Tammy is the living proof that decoration with what you have | recycled materials, plus maybe a small budget for craft supplies, can create beautiful results. When you walk through her house and her garden, as displayed in her blog, you see a tastefully decorated place that has personality and a sense of home.

Tammy used to own a retail scrapbooking business and her blog is that ‘One More Time’ love affair with the creative world. While her emphasis at ‘One More Time’ blog is on decorating, at the Fine Craft Guild, she shares her how-to’s and gives us more than a little peak on how things are put together. And yes, all of these beautiful photos above are all hers!

Visit Tammy’s blog, https://www.onemoretimeevents.com, for more decorating ideas and projects.

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