The V Spot

Rants, observations and home decorating from a woman with no time for a blog.

Create a faux-rust effect using spray paint and salt.

Yep.  Spray paint and salt can give you an instant weathered iron effect.
As I am still sick, today I thought I’d share how to create a chipped, rusted paint effect.  (When I am feeling better I will show you on an actual project, but for now, just the technique.)
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It’s pretty simple.  Model Railroad guys use this to add a weathered, rusted effect to their trains.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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A dark color in rust or charcoal, salt and your top color.  I used regular salt for this, but you could use rock salt or epsom salt as well.
Spray your darker base color and let dry.  (I didn’t do it for the sake of this tutorial, but I would recommend using a combo of rust with a bit of charcoal here and there for the base coat…) 
Sprinkle the top with salt in the random places you want to create the chipped and weathered look.

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Carefully, carefully spray short bursts or your top coat.  You have to use a light hand for this or you might blow the salt away with the force of the spray.

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Let the paint dry, then knock/brush off the salt with a rag or a dry paintbrush.

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You can leave it as is or you can lightly sand it.

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This technique has lots of possibilities… making wooden signs look like they are rusted tin… adding to wooden frames to make them look like they’re iron…

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I plan to take a basic terra-cotta flower pot and make it look like a chippy iron pot.

There you go.  Easy peasy, shabby chic.
(Thank you to my BIL for they heads up about this technique.)
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32 Comments

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Emmy said...

February 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Holy cow that is amazing!!
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~ Laura said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:00 am
Seriously amazing!!!!!!

Get better soon!!! :)
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Heidi said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:13 am
Ooh what a great tip! I can't wait to see your faux iron chippy terra cotta pot!
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MiMi said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:26 am
Oh that's cool!
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MiMi said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:26 am
And get better!
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Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:52 am
Love it...I can think of a million places I could use this :)

Blessings Kelsie
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Uncle Jayson said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:58 am
What a cool idea. :)
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Good Time Charlie said...

February 4, 2012 at 1:09 am
This is something I definitely plan to try! How cool is this? Hope you feel better!
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Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} said...

February 4, 2012 at 4:52 am
how neat!! thanks for the trick!
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Jennifer Leible said...

February 4, 2012 at 5:18 am
Wow! This is fantastic! I can't wait to find a project to try it on! Thanks!
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Inge's Blog said...

February 4, 2012 at 8:54 am
Thanks for sharing! I hope I can find the needed stuff here in Europe!
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Johnnie said...

February 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm
So cool! You should submit this to Power of Paint.
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Impulsive Addict said...

February 4, 2012 at 8:07 pm
Easy peasy for SOME people but not everyone.

What's the matter? I hope you feel better soon! At least you're still playing WWF!
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Xazmin said...

February 5, 2012 at 2:57 am
That is so cool Vivienne, I love it!

And I am so sorry you're sick - boo! I hope you feel better soon!

Getting excited for your visit in a couple of months!
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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

February 6, 2012 at 4:42 am
Viv you are amazing! This is one of the coolest distressing techniques I've seen! I love the way it turned out.
Hope you are feeling better!!
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Katie said...

February 6, 2012 at 1:03 pm
Love this new technique!!! Thanks for sharing!
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K-Sue said...

February 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm
Pinned it. Gotta try it out. I've got spray paint and salt and pots and little things...
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Jennifer Creviston said...

February 7, 2012 at 2:27 am
Oh, amazing!!! I am so glad I have learned this! :)
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Myya said...

February 7, 2012 at 5:29 am
Very cool! Hope you are feeling better.
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SaraJk said...

February 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm
This is so smart. Thanks for sharing!
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Rachel said...

February 10, 2012 at 2:42 pm
What a neat idea!
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Kim @ Too Much Time said...

February 11, 2012 at 1:27 am
Oh Vivienne! I should have known this was you getting all scientific and crazy with the salt and paint!I would love for you to come link it up at my party going on right now!
http://too-much-time.com/2012/02/get-schooled-saturday-9.html
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gail said...

February 11, 2012 at 2:47 am
super tute AGAIN! :)
love this idea. thanks for sharing.
gail
ps catching you next week.
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aimee said...

February 11, 2012 at 9:32 am
Amazing i cant wait to try this xxx
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Deidre said...

February 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm
Such an Awesome tip!! Kuddos to you! Thanks a million. Deidre~ http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com
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High Street Cottage said...

February 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm
I love it, what a great tip! I recently posted the recipe my Hubby uses for diy chalk paint, this is something I'll share with him. Thanks so much!
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Korrie@RedHenHome said...

February 17, 2012 at 1:36 am
I love it! Today I was spray painting outside and water dripped on my board while I was painting. I thought, "hey that looks pretty cool; I might have to do this on purpose sometime!" But salt?? I never woulda thunk!
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Candy said...

February 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm
Okay, gotta try this. I love the look. Thanks so much for sharing. Im new to blogland, only 3 weeks in so COME FOLLOW ME. I've just become your newest follower.
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Sheila said...

February 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm
Gee... that's exactly the tip I've been looking for... I'm from Brazil, and here these terracota vases are so expensive. I was just trying to find out how to make them look rusty. Great tip, wonderful blog!!!
Sheila
www.dedentropracasa.blogspot.com
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April 12, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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Jeff said...

October 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm
You can lightly mist your surface to help the salt stick. This is especially useful if you are not working with a flat surface. I am a model railway guy and use the teqnique all the time. Love the crossover of information!
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Jeff said...

October 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm
You can lightly mist your surface to help the salt stick. This is especially useful if you are not working with a flat surface. I am a model railway guy and use the teqnique all the time. Love the crossover of information!

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