How to Create Faux Rusted Iron Magic {Plus A Giveaway!}

One of the amazing workshops I took at the Haven Conference was with Modern Masters.  If you haven't heard of them, they make decorative painting products from metallics, glazes and textures and their latest Front Door Paint.  

One of the products they showed us during their demo, was the Metal Effects collection.  With choices like blue and green patina and rusted iron, my mind was racing with what would be the perfect piece to try out this collection.

Modern Masters Metal Effects {Primer, Iron Paint, Activator & Permacoat}

Modern Masters Metal Effects {Primer, Iron Paint, Activator & Permacoat}

When Modern Masters reached out to me to try some of their products, that was the easiest YES I've ever said!  I decided to go with the Rusted Iron kit so I just had to find the perfect piece to use it on.  

While I was thinking it over, it just so happened my dad spotted a Greek architectural column in his alley on trash day. Thinking it would be a perfect perch for his bird bath, he rescued it and carried it home. {Can you tell the apple doesn't fall far from the tree? }

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{BEFORE}

{BEFORE}

This poor, Greek column sure didn't look too regal.  It certainly had seen better days from being left outside.  But, it was a PERFECT specimen for my rusted iron project.  And when it was finished would match and compliment his terracotta bird bath so much better than its previous dirty, white version.  

After a quick clean, I applied the first coat of Metal Effects Primer.  Once fully dry, I painted on the second coat and per the instructions, I waited 12 hours for it to cure. 

Two coats of Metal Effects Primer.

Two coats of Metal Effects Primer.

With just the primer on, it's already looking so much better. Wouldn't you agree?

Next, I painted on the Iron Reactive Paint with a chip brush.  No clean-up necessary that way.  

Then it was time for the magic to happen with the Rust Activator.  I spritzed in on with a spray bottle and immediately it transformed into rusted iron goodness.  You can apply as much or little of the activator depending on the look you want to achieve.  I applied generously since I wanted a heavier antique rusted iron appearance.

Lots of rusted goodness!

Lots of rusted goodness!

Since the column would be an outdoor fixture and constantly exposed to the extreme Texas elements, I used the Permacoat Xtreme, which is a water-based clear coated specifically designed to protect the Iron Reactive Paint finish.  Don't panic when you apply the Permacoat and it goes on milky.  It's supposed to look that way but I promise it will dry nice and clear!  

The Permacoat adds a nice, subtle sheen with all that protection. 

The Permacoat adds a nice, subtle sheen with all that protection. 

If your project piece isn't going to be outside, you can skip the Permacoat step. Or if you want to keep the matte finish, make sure you choose an inside only project.

Now I normally don't name my project pieces, but this column had transformed from Greek geek to Greek chic status.  And was worthy of a name and I instantly knew what it should be. For those who know me well, there's one Greek who's achieved legendary status in my mind.

Introducing my garden-chic Greek...{Column that is}

"JOHN STAMOS."

Meet "John Stamos, my Greek Column."

Meet "John Stamos, my Greek Column."

Rusted Iron Magic Right There Y'all!

Rusted Iron Magic Right There Y'all!

Have mercy, the results are so fantastic, I bet you want to try some yourself, right?  It's your lucky day because I want you to try it and so does Modern Masters.  They were generous enough to donate a Metal Effects kit and one of you is going to win it.  Although they supplied me with the materials for this project, the opinions above are all mine.  ;)

In case you forgot, let's take one final look at the marvelous transformation:

{BEFORE/AFTER}

{BEFORE/AFTER}

Enter below and comment on why you need the Metal Effects kit to make your next project fabulous.

The contest ends Monday, October 6 at midnight and the winner will be announced Tuesday, October 7 on my blog.  Ready, set, enter!