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How to apply a faux pewter finish

Faux pewter technique works well with smaller items, particularly ones that you would typically see made with real, solid or plated pewter. Items such as picture frames, candle holders, trim and other solid objects work well, and their smaller size makes it easier to complete this finish.


This is a great beginner finish, as it is very easy to complete and does not take a lot of time. Using this finish in your home can transform old and even ugly items into a realistic rendition of the real thing. This process requires little money and little time. It is highly recommended for picture frames, lamp bases and many other household objects. Practice on a suitable area with sample colours until you have the method down and the colours you want.

You will need:

Rust-Oleum Speciality Metallic, silver
Water-based enamel, dark grey
Plastic Primer - optional
Clean cloths
Disposable gloves

Here's how:

Step 1
Make sure the surface is clean and ready to accept paint. Plastic objects should be lightly sanded and primed with Plastic Primer beforehand. Metal objects should be sanded lightly and cleaned with dish soap and warm water. Lightly spray the surface with Rust-Oleum metallic silver spray paint.

Step 2
Using a dabbing technique, apply the dark grey paint, making sure to work it into all the grooves and mouldings.

Step 3
While the paint is wet, use a clean soft rag to remove any excess dark grey paint. The idea is to leave the paint in the grooves of the project to create an aged look.

Step 4
Use a dry clean brush to rub the remaining paint into the silver to create a smooth, distressed look. For an easier way to apply a pewter surface to decorative items...

Rust-Oleum American Accents Antique Pewter Kit creates the historical look of darkened, richly aged silvers in two easy steps. Apply to wood, metal, plaster, masonry or unglazed ceramic. All-inclusive kit contains spray base coat, brush-on top coat, foam brush, abrasive pad, plastic gloves and a decorating idea book.

Rust-Oleum products are available in store at Builders Warehouse stores countrywide.


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