Once upon a time I decorated my house for the seasons. Easter, Spring, July 4th, etc…I still have some of the cutest seasonal decor stashed away in the attic. I vaguely remember what it looks like.
These days I’m doing good to switch the wreath out on my front door. Needless to say, except for Christmas, (and the occasional wild hair) my mantle pretty much stays the same the rest of the year. It’s kind of sad but true.
Not long ago my son decided to make a contribution to the family room mantle. A $5 thrift store find. It didn’t stay long.
Along about March of last year I bought this cardboard “H”. I had high expectations of painting it right away for the mantle.
Along about March of this year I got around to it.
I toyed around with several different paint treatment ideas and decided I wanted to try my hand at a faux metal look. I looked up several techniques but since I was ready to paint it NOW I had to wing it with what I had on hand.
I started the process by painting a base coat of dark brown. I then dry brushed black over the brown making sure all my strokes were vertical. I think I mixed the black and brown together for a few strokes as well.
Next, I used a can of Krylon gray primer and lightly dusted the H.
I wasn’t really happy with the way it was turning out.
It didn’t look at all like the “H” I had in my head.
At this point I must have forgot I was a blogger because I have no more how-to pics. After the primer had dried, I lightly sanded it, brought the brown back out and started experimenting over the gray. I heavily painted the brown along the edges and then dry brushed it over the gray.
I thought I had achieved a pretty good “faux rusted metal” until my daughter asked me if I was trying to make it look like wood. Oh, well.
(Notice the outlet on the mantle? So handy when I do decorate at Christmas!)
I like it. And until I have time in 2014 to paint it again…it’s staying.
Do you decorate for all the seasons? Do you ever find yourself slapping a red, white and blue bow on your Easter bunnies because they’re still hopping around in July? Me neither.
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