Faux Corroded Iron

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Wait… WHAT?! Wood that looks like iron?! No way! Is this real life!? How?! Wait, can I do this?

That’s is how I felt when my mind was being blown away with this awesome faux finish I saw on a recent trip NC. We were lucky enough to travel to Hickory, NC with Rust-Oleum to get a peek into some fine wood finishes and test out some awesome new upcoming products! When I got home I immediately went to work on figuring out how to recreate this awesome corroded iron finish.

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Step 1: Mix textured paint

Mix 1 part sand into 2 parts chalkboard paint. I used the chalkboard paint not only to get the matte finish, but the density allowed the sand to mix into the paint evenly.

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Step 2: Paint

Dip the paint brush into the textured chalkboard paint, get a thick coat on the brush and apply to your wood surface. Brush on to coat the surface, then dab with the brush to add more texture.

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Allow to dry completely before moving onto next step.

Step 3: Spray and Dab

To add a metallic element I spray painted in small sections using Rust-Oleums Metallic Rust, then dapped off with a stain rag.

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Step 4: Dry Brush

Dip brush in small amount of acrylic paint, and dab onto paper or rag to get off excess paint. Tap the brush onto the surface. Add more or less “rust” to your liking.

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So with some trial and error, I think I got it nailed down. Hope you enjoyed, and be sure to keep checking for more awesome finishes here!

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  • Stacey

    That. Is. Awesome.

  • Christine

    Came in via Pinterest.
    I love the look of rusted metal, but not the weight nor the flakiness of it. I’ve learned to seal it with paint base for an invisible, matte finish, but it’s still heavy. This is a great alternative.
    Thanks from another displaced Michigander.

  • Anna Stewart Hart

    I’m thinking of doing this to the base of our dining table. We entertain a lot, what would you recommend sealing it with to give it an extra layer of protection from chipping off when knocked into with chairs? This is really unique and I love it, but don’t want to redo it every year. I don’t mind touching up with acrylic paint in places once a year to freshen it back up if you think that would work. Thank you!