Friday, 10 February 2012

faux antique tin !

 I've been thinking about some decoration for my little hatch
doors for some time. I really like patterned tin, so I was thinking
of a way to replicate it, at very little cost. I looked at tin foil roasting
trays but they had too many ridges, then I checked out some wallpapers.

I found a few that I liked in a large store, and as you're allowed to take samples
I tore off about 18 inches !

I did a test piece first and it worked really well, so then I stuck two pieces
on one side of the doors - using the pattern like a mirror image.

Then I cut the main pattern in half to use on the other side of the doors.

I cut a little cross in the paper, to go over the screw heads. We don't need knobs
on this side because we just push the doors open if necessary. The bumps will
disappear with the painting.

I stuck them both on, using a glue stick, in case I want to take it off.
I painted them 'liqourice' using a match pot I had.

Then I used a candle to rub wax over the pattern. This resists the paint and
helps to protect the paper, when you come to rubbing it back.

Then I painted three layers of white on all the wall-papered sections
and rubbed them gently with sandpaper.

I'm really pleased with how it has worked out on both sides.

The living room side will fit in more with the gallery wall I am working on.

And the kitchen side gets a little bit of detail, that is just enough.

Not quite chipped and shabby antique tin, but I'm happy and the dear
old geezer and his daughter have both given me the thumbs up
and that's good enough for me !
And what's more, this was one of those 'no cost' projects !!!

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  1. this is so clever, fiona! very pretty!

  2. Here they put photos on the post office wall of the FBI's most wanted. If you keep that up every wallpaper store is going to put your photo in the window!


  3. really great, and I love the price fiona, you are getting mighty crafty!

  4. I love it! Must try it! I'm following you on the new Linky followers tool and would love if you followed back.....

    Thanks for sharing,

  5. Using the wax is a great way to keep paint from sticking. I never thought of using it on paper. I have only tried this technique on furniture. Thanks for the great information. I can't wait to try it.

  6. What a great idea. I love the doors. They are so cute! I like that you dressed them up! Great job!

  7. You are a genius! Where do you come up with these ideas?!
    great job! and wonderful looking.

  8. How pretty is that???? I love it! Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

    xoxo laurie

  9. These turned out really nice. I have a little pass-through like this but without you got me thinking I need doors!

  10. Very creative and I love the new look. Thanks for linking to the Open House party this week. Hugs, Sherry

  11. Great job and thanks for telling us exactly how to do it. It's on my To Do list.

  12. I love how the texture shows through.....absolutely brilliant! Thanks for all the inspiration.


    PS I am your newest linky follower.


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