I’m so excited to be participating in another round of Swap It Like It’s Hot, a week-long blog hop series orchestrated by Charlotte from Ciburbanity where 40 bloggers shop and swap mystery thrift finds and then give them the old Cinderella makeover. Today is Day 1, so be sure to check in throughout the week and follow #swapitlikeitshot on Instagram so you don’t miss any transformations!
If you’re visiting from Run To Radiance, welcome! My sweet friend Tania sent me the most perfect thrift finds to work with. Hopefully Allison at Two Thirty Five Designs had fun with the thrifty grab bag/box I mailed to her! After you’re done here, pop on over to see what she did with the supplies – I’m dying to see if the plastic dinosaurs made an appearance!
We each had a $10 – $15 budget, so here’s what Tania sourced for me to work with…
Of course, I immediately fell in love with the awesome metal letter B! How perfect is that? We weren’t tasked with combining all the finds together, so I decided to focus on the letter and the coasters for this round, although I’m sure I’ll eventually come up with ways to use all the fun finds in my home!
The funny thing is that I didn’t end up using the silk rose petals in my project, but they were actually the inspiration for the whole thing! Paired with the metal B, they immediately reminded me of the DIY flower letters I’ve seen floating around on Pinterest, which got me thinking along that track.
DIY Rusted & Mossy Letter
I wanted to age the metal B (I believe it was initially from a craft store) and make it look more like a salvaged piece, so I was glad for a chance to pull out a few craft supplies I’ve had in my stockpile for years now…
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- Iron Metallic Surfacer
- Rust Antiquing Solution
- Natural sponge
- Clear spray lacquer
- Foam or styrofoam – old packaging material is perfect for this!
- Preserved Sheet Moss
- Cool temperature glue gun + glue sticks
The iron metallic surfacer is basically a paint made of ground up iron. Rather than just appearing metallic, it actually has the properties of the metal, like the ability to rust when you follow up with the corrosive rust antiquing solution!
Are you excited yet? You should be! This is crazy good, you guys!
Step One: Paint on the iron metallic surfacer and allow to dry for at least 24 hours.
Step Two: While wearing gloves, use the sea sponge to apply the rust antiquing solution. The rust won’t show up right away, so bear in mind that wherever the solution touches WILL rust to some degree. I wanted a mottled application, so I lightly sponged in some areas and then applied more solution in others. Allow to dry overnight.
Step Three: Apply 1-2 coats of clear spray lacquer to seal the rust – this prevents any rust transfer/stains when you handle your finished project! It will tone down the bright orange of the rust slightly, but I personally love the darker effect.
Step Four: Cut down old foam or styrofoam to fill the inside of the letter. I pressed the letter into the surface of an old styrofoam cooler and then used a steak knife to cut out along the lines! Then, I just squeezed the foam inside the metal letter. It was a nice tight fit, so no glue was necessary!
Step Five: Gently separate the preserved sheet moss into workable sections and glue it onto the foam inside the letter with the cool glue gun (the cool temperature will help avoid melting the foam). The nice thing about working on the foam is that you can always pop it out of the letter one day if you decide you want to do something different!
Once all the foam is covered, it’s time to display your beautiful rusted & mossy monogram!
Isn’t the rusted patina fantastic?
I was having so much fun with this whole process of corrosion that I decided why not run with it for the coasters as well? You don’t necessarily notice the rusted finish on the letter unless you’re looking at it very closely, so I thought the coasters would be a great way to showcase my new favorite texture.
DIY Antique Rust Patina Coasters
The process for creating the coasters was nearly identical to the process I used for the letter above, however this time I really focused on the rust antiquing solution and allowed it to puddle and pool to achieve a more dramatic effect! Again, I sealed with two coats of clear spray lacquer to make sure they would hold up to use and to prevent any transfer of the rust.
I absolutely adore the way they turned out!
Have you ever used a reactive metallic paint before? It’s so much fun! I’m already looking around for more things to rust, which is kind of hilarious because I typically steer away from rusty/rustic decorative elements. I guess I’ve been set straight – even rust can be glamorous!
Remember, you’ll head over to Two Thirty Five Designs next, but here’s the full list of Swap It Like It’s Hot participants!
Tune in all week to see the crazy items this talented group of bloggers has been making over! Search the hashtag #swapitlikeitshot on social media to follow along with all the fun or check out our Pinterest Board.