Howdy! It’s Rachel from Architecture of a Mom with another awesome yet inexpensive way to decorate your home–a Faux Metallic Sign! Have you noticed how anything metallic is really trendy for the home these days? Have you jumped on that bandwagon, or do you find it just a little, well, glittery? If you’re a little hesitant to jump on something all gold or glittery, maybe you should go a little darker with a faux patinated copper finish. This is a nice, neutral color that will go with any decor, but will also have a little glitter! This finish is very simple to replicate–all you need is paint.
I love how this faux metallic sign turned out. The funny thing was that this project started as a craft fail!
I wanted to create a custom sign for my friend. I selected a quote from the Bible “Behold, I am making all things new.” I created my stencil with clear contact paper cut by my Silhouette Portrait, but you could do this process with any text.
I painted a canvas with a cream color (this color will be the color of the text, so plan accordingly. I then applied the text.
After I made sure that the contact paper was down with as few bubbles as possible, I painted over the whole canvas with the same cream color. This seals the letters and makes sure there is minimal seepage under the letters.
I thought I was going to make this into a simple project by just spray painting the whole thing gray. However, it was a craft fail. It looks okay in this picture, but I ran out of spray paint so I couldn’t get good coverage. The spray paint had a sheen that I didn’t like. And I realized that it simply wasn’t going to go with my friend’s decor.
So I did what any good crafter would do…I kept going, but in a different direction: I decided to attempt the copper patina. Basically, I wanted a look that was metallic, but not too bright. I took some chocolate brown, gold, and copper paint and squirted them on the canvas randomly.
I then swirled the paint around on the canvas. I wanted the paint to be mostly blended, but not completely blended. The combination of the gray undercoat and the browns and metallics was a wonderful coppery color!
Once the paint was dry, I carefully removed the contact paper to reveal the cream. And that’s it! A craft fail turned to a craft success!
If you get a chance, stop by Architecture of a Mom, and check out some of my other projects! Thanks, Carrie for letting me share here today!