Simply by following my steps you can change any dull and boring object into an attractive decoration.
This is easy, quick, cheap DIY and above all you don't need great painting or decorating skills.
- metal containers/tins
- washing liquid
- acrylic paints (light, dark - ivory, brown)
- medium drit sand paper
- paper napkin
- kitchen sponge (cut for small pieces)
- small piece of candle
- acrylic varnish (matt or gloss)
- decorative string, rafia
1. Wash the metal containers with washing liquid and wipe dry.
2. Rub with medium grit sandpaper and flick
the dust. This is a very important step before painting.
3. I have decided to mix two colours of paint, a little of gold and a little of bronze.
You can use any colour you have at home but make sure that the first coat is darker than the top one.
4. Slowly coat the tin with the base coat without leaving bleeds and bubbles. How I usually say, tap tap slowly your tin and leave to dry. This will create the smooth surface.
5. Now I'm going to age the container by rubbing a candle in selected places. Remove bits of wax before next step.
6. Apply top coat of light paint leave to dry. At this step you can start cutting your chosen motif.
7. When your tin is completely dry ( I usually leave it for at least 12 hours) start your shabby chic process by going all over your metal object with medium grit sandpaper.
8. Separate the remaining two layers and gently apply the motif using Pva glue, when dry repeat the step.
9. Add a bit of shading and finally varnish at least three times with acrylic lacquer.
10. As a final touch you can add a decorative ribbon or anything you prefer.