Easy-Peasy {Faux} Rust Treatment

Yay!  It’s Friday!  Unfortunately, the Richardson house has caught the stomach flu…  Boo!  So with my girls home from school, there was no time to work on the half-finished trumeau mirror in the garage.  Bummer.  After about the 15th rerun of Good Luck, Charlie, I’d had enough.  I decided to tackle something small.  Something quick, easy, and able to be completed in under an hour.  I’d seen this idea on Pinterest where you take cinnamon and sprinkle it over wet paint to get the look of rust, and I’ve been wanting to do a collection of letter C’s for my son’s room.  It was a perfect quickie project!

I took a small piece of sheet metal, which my step-dad cut for me ages ago, and used that for my sign.  Then I gave it a coat of Rustoleum Colonial Red spray paint.

After the red paint dried, I used my Cricut to cut a large letter C in a rustic font out of vinyl.  Then I stuck it on the front, not being really careful or anything.  I didn’t mind crinkles and bubbles.

Once I had my vinyl placed, I gave the whole thing a coat of Rustoleum Heirloom White, and while the paint was still wet, I sprinkled ground cinnamon all over it.

I just sort of sprinkled it here and there, dusting it off in places and leaving it clumpy in others.  Then, in places, I gave it another coat of Heirloom White.

Once I had it pretty much to my liking, I removed the vinyl letter.  Because there was no “rust” on the C portion of the sign, I used a clear sealer over the whole thing.  Then I sprinkled more cinnamon over the letter.  I love the way the cinnamon gives the whole thing the texture of rust, too.  So awesome!

Then I used a drill to put some holes in the corners of the sign.  I wanted them to look a little like they were punched, rather than drilled, so I wasn’t very careful about securing the sign or evenly spacing the holes when I drilled.

That’s all there is to it.  I love, love, love the final look.  I have a major soft spot for all things vintage, but metal signs (especially in the kids’ rooms) make me nervous.  This has the look and texture I was going for, and I know there is no lead paint on it.  I can’t wait to try it on a bigger sign!

I hope you all have a fabulous {healthy} weekend!

Linking up to the parties here and also The Shabby Creek Cottage.

26 Responses to “Easy-Peasy {Faux} Rust Treatment”

  1. This is a great idea. I don’t think I have run across the cinnamon trick yet! Thanks.

  2. Cinnamon?? Very clever and your sign turned out beautiful!

  3. kathy r says:

    Great idea! I pinned it for future reference, thanks for sharing

  4. How awesome is that?!? I love it! And I agree with another commenter that this little trick is something new I haven’t seen before. I’m pinning this to my DIY crafting board. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Very cool. Love that.
    thanks for sharing,

  6. Wow. This is GENIUS. I never would have thought this up and not only does it look fantastic it probably smells delightful as well. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. gail says:

    Larissa–what a cool technique! Love how old it looks.
    thanks for sharing at ccc, catching you!

  8. Rachelle says:

    Love this technique! I can think of so many uses for it. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. This is great I would love for you to come hook it up at I Freakin’ Did it Friday @ Miss Information

  10. Mindi says:

    Oh my Gosh! This is amazing! So so so awesome! Totally pinning!

  11. Tauni says:

    Love this share! Thanks so much for linking up at Show & Tell this last week. I am loving your posts!
    xoxo, Tauni

  12. kathi says:

    Lovely, versatile, lowly cinnamon…so good for so many things–even baking! Ha!
    Thanks for the ideas. Love all these ideas from all you crafty women. It’s like going back to art school, only better.

  13. Christy Lawrence says:

    That is awesome !!! This is exactly what I have been looking for to make for my son’s newly decorated big boy room. I love the font that you used for the C too, would you share the name of the font??? Thx !!

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  15. Abel says:

    This is awesome! I will be using this technique today on an rc car. it looks simple and easy to achieve the desired results.

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