How to Distress Tin
I love to use tin around our home. It's an easy way to add rustic charterer to a door, bar, or wall. What's ideal is finding some good weathered pieces. But that's not always an option. So here is a quick and easy way to distress brand new tin to give it a worn and weathered look to finish off your next rustic project.
Antiquing is a term often used when someone distresses a new item to give it the appearance of a 100+-year-old item. For the tin, I wanted to add in some discoloration, remove the new glossy shine and give it some rust areas.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 | APPLY THE TOILET CLEANER
I used the steel wool to apply the toilet bowl cleaner directly to the surface of the tin. I picked spots to really scrub, making sure it produced a foam and didn’t all collect in the grooves of the tin.
2 | WAIT IT OUT
Once you’ve got the tin coated with the toilet bowl cleaner, let it sit. I let the tin sit anywhere from 30-45 minutes. The longer it sits, the more antiqued the tin will look.
3 | RINSE + REPEAT
After letting the cleaner sit, I rinsed it completely off with a water hose.
You can repeat this process as many times as you would like. Each time it will create a lighter and rustier appearance. To create patches of rust, I allowed some of the soaked steel wool to sit on top of the tin during the drying process.
Here is the final outcome. We used the distressed tin to cover the bar surround in our new entertainment area. Check out all of the progress we've made I created a Mood Board for inspiration, we settled on a project outline and made a shopping list, then we framed a closet, and converted a window into a door.
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