How to Stencil a Rustic Patina Pattern on Bathroom Cabinets

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I have mentioned in previous posts that we live in a 1970's ranch home. Over the years we have worked on the interiors to open it up, and we love it here. But there's nothing much we can do about the location of our powder room. It is right at the back door, next to the laundry room. Weird, but it works out perfect when we are out on the deck, cooking and entertaining. Custom Vinyl Stencils from

How about the powder room in your home? Is it a focal point? Even though ours is in an odd location, I have tried to keep it interesting and fun. In a prior Paint + Pattern post, I stenciled the copper leaf ceiling for some unexpected interest to coordinate with the custom rusty iron mirror and sconces. Though the cabinet is still '70s, I added new hardware, doors, paint and cool Herkimer diamond pulls. Lately I have gone crazy for Modern Masters Metal Effects products, and the plain cabinet panels are perfect spots to add some pattern and just a little more crust to go with the rusty items above.


2 sets of Royal Design Studio custom Modello pattern - EasAll109 Modern Masters: Acid Blocking Primer, Iron Paint, Rust Activator, Copper Paint, Green Patina Aging Solution, PermaCoat Matte Sealer Painters tape, plastic, paint brush


Applying Primer | Paint and Pattern NOTE: This process is rather messy and the Primer is odoriferous. Make sure you protect all surfaces because the products can stain. Have adequate ventilation. This is not a good kid project in my opinion and perhaps the pets should not be in the room either. Follow all directions on the containers. Remove the doors. Tape off the panels. Clean them if necessary and let dry. Use a brush to paint on two coats of Primer, following directions. Clean the brush right away. Let dry overnight. TIP: I know you are thinking that you can use regular primer. When using Metal Effects products, this primer is a necessary barrier, to prevent the products from going right through standard primers.


Paint Iron and Activate to Create Rust | Modern Masters Products Paint two coats of Iron and let dry, according to directions. Activate the rust by spraying or painting on the Rust Activator. Wait five minutes and repeat. Let the rust happen. It may take a couple of hours or more.


Applying Custom Vinyl Stencil by Modello(R) Designs Use the white plastic tool that arrives with your patterns, and burnish both sides of the Modellos. On the side with the red stamp, peel back the heavy paper, making sure the entire pattern stays on the sticky paper. Since the panel and the design can be a tight fit, trim any paper left around the edges of the design. Gently place the design on the panel, starting at the top. When you see that the fit is correct, gently smooth the design down with your hand, burnishing as you go. Burnish again. Grab a corner of the paper and slowly pull the paper off, making sure that the pattern sticks on the cabinet panel. Since the Rust has not been sealed yet, some may come up. Burnish once more.


Adding Patina using Modern Masters Product on Custom Vinyl Stencil Pattern by Modello(R) Designs Brush or roll on a coat of Copper. Let dry. Repeat. DO NOT LET DRY the second time around. Immediately spray or brush on the Green Patina Solution. Wait for five minutes and spray again. Let dry this time. Be patient for patina to emerge as it could take a few hours! Leave the Modello pattern on. Remove it with the pick tool when the patina has finished activating.

Install the doors. Now do a happy dance! Cool huh! Are you ready to try it? There are so many possibilities. Play, experiment and remember, no two projects will look alike! Custom Vinyl Modello Stencils from

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  • Mad34155496 Mad34155496 on Sep 27, 2018

    Fantastic clear instructions. Just under the final photo of the sealer it repeats applying patina but I'd like to know how many coats of sealer, painted or sprayed. Does it dull down the colour of the rust too much ? Thanks

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