I’ve rusted metal in the past by using a hydrogen peroxide and salt solution. I knew that solution would not work for the pieces that I wanted to rust because they have a coating on them that would not react to the solution. I wanted the hardware for my dresser to look rusty so I searched for things that would do the trick.
This is what the hardware looked like before…
I thought there was no way that I could rust these handles unless I found some sort of painting technique.
I found something even better! This three step rusting process is so easy and super budget friendly! It only takes two coats of the primer, two coats of the iron, and then a couple sprays of the rust activator. Anything that can be painted, can also be rusted with this process. It’s so fun to watch it all happen!
For real? I can’t even believe this is the same hardware!! It looks super old and rusty, just what I desired! And, those three little bottles of rusting, go a long way! They come in larger sizes as well, but this worked perfect for my project!
When I initially sprayed on the rusting activator, I thought that it wasn’t going to work. It takes about 45 minutes- an hour for it to have the full effect, after spraying on the second coat of activator.
I couldn’t be happier with the end result of these handles! I’m not going to seal them with anything. I read on one of the reviews that when one person sealed theirs, it took away part of the rusty look. I love them just the way they are. This won’t be a “high traffic” piece, so I think they will be fine being unsealed.
Taking a look at them side by side, shows the amazing difference even more!
The label holders turned out just as good! I love the original rusting look on each one! They are all different and unique, which makes them look more authentic!
The variation of the color in the rust, on each piece, reminds me of something that has been around for 100 years!
I’m not claiming that they will be a joy to attach to the dresser, but I can’t wait to see it all finished!
Now, back to finishing my dresser project. I would love to hear, in the comments below, what you think of this rusting technique! Have you ever tried it?
Handles- found at a local thrift store
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