How to Make A Faux Rust Finish

I gave you a little sneak peek at this week’s party on what we have been up to and 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 finish to any project. Today I will be sharing how faux rust was applied to a mailbox and used as a home decor piece on the mantel and how to give paper mache letters a galvanized look with a rusted faux finish.

While I like the elegant side of things my husband likes a rustic feel. So mixing the two elegance and rustic has become a must when it comes to decorating in the family room.
Today I am sharing a couple of ways on how to add faux rust to Paper Mache’s letters and a repurposed mailbox that was once stenciled used as a herb garden planter.
How to Make A Faux Rust Finish
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!!
By rearranging and giving it a place of its own with a new mercury rusted mirror that hangs above the desk, along with adding the faux rusted letter pulled it all together nicely.

Next, a mailbox was painted and rusted. 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 instead.
How to Make A Faux Rust Finish
Can you guess what was used to give both projects the look of faux rust? full tutorials on both projects.

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.

How to Make A Faux Rust Finish

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.
Whitewashed 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 mailbox, 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.

How to Make A Faux Rust Finish

How to Make A Faux Rust Finish
I did the same technique as I did on the paper mache letters, but I gave the mailbox a coat of weathered gray wood stain and highlighted with Sunbleached wood stain. Let Dry.
Apply silver paint in random order and proceeded with the same technique with the nutmeg, whitewash and mod podge.

Close-up of the Patina

How to Make A Faux Rust Finish

The Faux Finish Rust Effect End Result

How to Make A Faux Rust Finish

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How to Make A Faux Rust Finish