Have you ever wondered how to get an aged zinc look in your home decor without spending a fortune for it? This project is a great way to be creative and save money while sprucing up your fall decor.
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This year I wanted to do something a little different in my Fall Decorating. I still love all the colors of fall…red, orange, and brown but I wanted to add a touch of metal.
So, I figured out how to get an aged zinc look on my plastic pumpkins.
How to get an aged zinc look:
Supplies I used for this Project:
I purchased these plastic pumpkins from Walmart for $4.97 but I think I may order new ones from Amazon because of the great price! You may also have some plastic pumpkins stuffed in your attic. Check the thrift stores as well.
They have a great shape to them but they aren’t anything special.
Always important to spray paint in a well ventilated space.
Using Rust-oleum spray paint in Silver Metallic Finish each pumpkin was coated.
Be sure to do light even coats of spray paint. It helps keep the finish consistency as well as speeds up the dry time. This paint is already fast drying which is a plus.
Once the paint was dry the faux paint layer is added by mixing equal parts clear glaze with black acrylic paint.
By adding the glazing mixture to paint it makes the paint thinner and gives you longer working time before it starts to dry.
**Update: In my photo I used Valspar glaze but it is no longer made. Any clear glaze, like this one here, will work just the same.
Apply the glaze and acrylic mixture with a foam brush.
I found that using a piece of cheesecloth worked best for this technique.
I used a dabbing motion to spread the glazed paint mixture onto the pumpkin with the foam brush. Then going back over with the cheesecloth to soften the edges of the glazing mixture.
This pumpkin (and the 3 other one’s I painted) turned out beautifully!
So much better than I ever expected.
This is a great paint technique to use on any surface, so if you are looking to add some metal touches to your decor you may want to try this on candle sticks, clock, or even a side table. The options are endless.
MORE painted pumpkins ideas HERE.