DIY Faux Galvanized Patina Letters Using Acrylic Paint

5 Materials
$13
2 Hours
Easy

When I learn something AWESOME that saves money, time and looks fabulous I just can't wait to share it!

I created a galvanized patina technique for these HOME paper mache' letters that is easy, budget friendly and no fancy pants oxidizing solution needed.
This is a great way to add an industrial, aged look to your space.

I bought my letters at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 each.  They unfortunately weren't on sale but if your lucky you can catch them at 50% off.

I started out by spray painting a coat of hammered spray paint.
 
Then while working in sections I added a second coat of the hammered spray paint.  
While the spay paint was still wet I sprinkled cinnamon on the letters. Then I used a paint brush to move the cinnamon around.  
The cinnamon worked amazing to resemble the color and texture of rust.  Added bonus it smells good too.
At this point you could definitely leave it this beautiful galvanized rust look or move on to add the patina. 

Now it is time for the patina.  Taking a sea sponge I dabbed it in the patina paint and then blotted the excess on a piece of paper. Then I dabbed it on the letter and smeared it in the direction of the shape of the letter. I repeated this until I achieved the look I wanted.  
Once this dried I thought it was a little too much patina so I touched it up with more rust with mixing the Coffee Bean and Inca Gold.  Also in a couple spots I added more gray with mixing the Grey Storm and Snow White.  The layering effect really added to the look. 
When I was happy with the results and it was dry I applied a satin spray sealer.  

Finally I added some Command Strips to the back of each letter and hung them up in my Kitchen Nook  
I love how they turned out and it adds so much to the kitchen nook.

If you are in love with the aged look like I am check out this Faux Galvanized Vase.   Also if your looking for other budget friendly easy projects check out the $10 Boxwood Wreath.

Thanks so much for checking out this project.

Tiffany
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1 question
  • Kathy
    on Jul 15, 2018

    Is there another way to do this and seal to hang outside

    • Hhhhmmm great question. If it is not under a patio and could get rained or snowed on. I don't think the paper mache letters will survive. Under a patio it could possibly work with a good waterproof/weatherproof sealer. You could consider using wood instead and use exterior paint with a waterproof/weatherproof sealer. Let me know if you try anything.

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