tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY: Weathered Metal Surfaces

Do you like the look of weathered, “flea market style” surfaces? I do…I really love how worn surfaces and weathered finishes add instant character and charm and have that warm “well-loved” look. I decided to recreate the look of painted and distressed metal as a new option to the all the distressed looking patterned papers out there. But what surface could withstand painting and distressing? I found the answer at Home Depot…foil tape by Nashua (Tyco Adhesives)! This shiny metal tape is used to seal joints and seams and is commonly used to seal the air duct that runs from the laundry dryer to the wall. It’s reasonably priced and well worth the trip to the hardware store.

I’ve used green and ivory acrylic paint to create the soft and “shabby” background on the layout above. If you want to create an edgier, grunged look, use black or dark grey (instead of green) with a light colored paint on top. This finished technique looks wonderful paired with vintage botannical prints, french toile patterns or traditional favorites like stripes and plaids. It’s an easy technique that does not have to be done perfectly to get the look, and it takes only about 20-25 minutes to complete.

Weathered Metal Surfaces
metal foil tape (Nashua)
fine grade sandpaper
acrylic paints

step 1. Adhere tape to cardstock.
Cut strips of tape; randomly adhere on cardstock as shown. Cover entire cardstock.

step 2. Distress with sandpaper.
Rub fine grade sandpaper over entire background; sand in all directions.

step 3. Apply three layers of paint over tape background.
- Apply darkest shade to part of the background as shown (step 3a); do not cover entire background with this color. LET DRY before applying next coat.
- Apply lighter shade of same color (step 3b) as shown; apply more than the first layer but still do not cover the entire background. LET DRY before next coat.
- Apply ivory paint, covering most of the background (step 3b); leave some color showing through as shown. LET DRY before going on to step 4.

step 4. Distress again with sandpaper.
Rub fine grade sandpaper over entire background again, rub harder in some areas to reveal layers of paint. Sand in all directions.

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10 Responses to tEchNiQuE TuEsdaY: Weathered Metal Surfaces

  1. Kelly says:

    Oh wow! I just love the look of this background! I commented on it at 2 Peas, but now that I see how it was done… I love it even more! LOL!

  2. Kimberly says:

    OK…I am sooOOOooo trying this one! LOVE it! I can’t wait…going to the garage to get the tape now! hehehe. :))))

  3. Adrienne " A little dramatic at times" says:

    WOW!!! This is AWESOME!!!!!!!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Awesome – TFS all of these techniques!

  5. CheryLOL says:

    I bow to your creative genius…LOVE these colors Kelly. LOVE them.

  6. Pam says:

    very cool! I bet Home Depot is going to have a rush on metal tape now ;) I just started playing with molding paste (golden) on canvas – I bet it could hold up to some sanding and weathering too. Thanks for all your tips – your blog is great!

  7. iHanna says:

    beautiful, can’t wait to try that! sandpaper is a cool tool!

  8. LoriLaurieLauri says:

    Oh, I really like this one! Steven is out running errands now…wonder if I can get him to find me some metal tape???

  9. Gillian McMurray says:

    I just bought some of the metal tape and was wondering what to do with it. I have to try this technique out. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. One Creative Queen says:

    Isn’t that tape fab?! I love it – there are so many different things you can do with it. This is really great – TFS – I love it! Your blog is super inspiring and full of eye candy! Katherine