Thursday, June 4, 2009

We Have Rust!

Finally!

I was starting to get a little impatient waiting for the metal panels of the courtyard wall to rust to a nice patina. They still looked too industrial for my taste (see the panel on the far left).
I did some internet research and found a "recipe" to get immediate rust~ just what I was looking for. Mix together 1 pint hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 T. salt. I tried putting it in a spray bottle but it clogged up the sprayer. So I ended up putting it in a bucket and using a paint brush to apply it. Within 15 minutes I had rust! The recipe doesn't go very far, though. I need to buy more peroxide to finish up... And I also need to apply it on the inside of the panels, as well. (oh, and wear gloves if you are going to do this!) You can really see the brush marks until you rinse it off (I let it sit for about an hour).


Once I get the look I'm going for my plan is to spray with a matte finish sealant. I love the rustic look. What do you think?

11 comments:

Dusty Devoe said...

I love it too! Love your place!!!

Rural Rambler said...

I love the rust-ic look and I also love your blog. I have been visiting for a few weeks now. I also love your beautiful Heart of a Cowgirl jewelry designs and am wanting to order. Just need to decide. I love the bracelet on the picture you click to look at your other items!

Anji Gallanos said...

Those look fantastic. Good job on finding a rust recipe. I can't tell you how many things I have wanted to immediately rust. Love it!

Katie said...

As a fellow rust lover.....it looks beautiful!

Paint Girl said...

I think the rust looks good! I also love your place, it is so pretty!

sassyglassdesigns said...

Love the rusted look. I received my cards today...they are beautiful and I love the lip balm...Thank you very much. Do you sell the lip balm?

Cowgirl Goods said...

LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Angie at Free Rein said...

Yeah, I really like it too! I know you are enjoying the courtyard. Looking good out there!

backattheranch said...

I think it looks awesome. What a great idea! Your place looks great! Love the desert!

Vanessa said...

Looks awesome!!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Awesome!!! That looks really great!! I am a huge rustic fan!! I hope you post more pictures of other projects :)