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Rustic Metal Arrow Makeover

Rustic Metal Arrow Makeover

If you have been reading my blog for long you know I love to paint things. Most of the time I paint things that are old and need new life. This rustic metal arrow makeover has a bit of a different story. You see it’s brand new. I actually bought it at Hobby Lobby the same day I bought the EAT letters for my kitchen makeover. I have wanted one for a while. Not real sure why I wanted it but I did.

It is a big piece of art and I new it would make a statement. Once I brought it home I wasn’t feeling it. It was the finish on the metal that was throwing me. It just didn’t look great in my house. I’ve had it laying behind a chair for over a month with plans of returning it. That is until a few days ago. I new the art looked good but because it was a new piece I was reluctant to paint it. I didn’t want to ruin it when I could get my money back. Then I decided to just go for it. I’ve painted enough items to know it I wouldn’t ruin it and the rustic metal arrow makeover would be totally worth it!

Here is what the arrow looked like new. Rustic metal…

Rustic Metal Arrow from Hobby Lobby

I new the rust parts would show through white paint so I used Zissner primer over it first. I didn’t completely cover it solid white because I did have plans to sand the paint but enough to cover lots of the rusty spots.

Zinsser Odorless Primer for metal arrow

You can see below how the rust is showing through yellow. I added a second coat of primer over some of the stubborn spots but not covering them all, I didn’t mind some of the yellowing.

Primed metal rustic arrow wall art

After that I took it in the house, gave one coat of DecoArt Americana DECOR Chalky Finish paint in Lace. I used a sanding block to sand around the edges to show some of the metal and give it depth. Then I spray a coat a thin coat of poly over it and that was it.

The rustic metal arrow makeover turned out exactly how I hoped. I hung it in the living room by the kitchen.

Metal rustic arrow wall art

Rustic Metal Arrow Wall Art Paint whtie

Rustic Metal Arrow with Chalky Finish Paint

Have you ever did a makeover on a brand new item? Were you nervous? You can see how sometimes store bought can be better with just a little makeover!

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3 Comments

  1. Marlene Stephenson says:

    I have wondered about doing this to something but, just didn’t know how it would turn out ,thanks Sonya. Sometimes when you like something it is the wrong color,but this works perfect.

  2. Sally Wagner says:

    Love you projects. Question. Where did you find the grey rug….Love it and have been looking for same look for my family room.
    Thanks
    Sall

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