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Faux Rust Paint Finish: a console table makeover

I'm not even sure where to begin to explain how this table ended up with this finish but I'm not mad about it! I am in LOVE with the final faux rust paint finish!

I realize it is VERY outside my norm of whimsical and pink and that the polar opposite of that is rusty and masculine....but I happen to love this too!

faux rust paint finish on console table by Traceys Fancy

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Before the faux rust paint finish

This began with a very nice console table from a high end furniture store here in San Antonio. It is heavy, curvy, carved....very Texas Hill Country vibe....and once upon a time I would have done anything to acquire it.

However today it just feels dated and bulky.

before faux rust paint finish by Traceys Fancy

My Initial Design Plan - "Beachy" Vibe

Initially, I wanted to give it a colorful beachy vibe in layer upon layer of teals and blues.

I added the first coat of paint and texture using Cobalt Blue and Sea Spray texture additive.

I teach a variety of ways to apply Sea Spray texture in this blog HERE.

This went on beautifully and was received REALLY well online!

cobalt blue on console table by Traceys Fancy

That was a total accident as the cobalt blue was intended to be an under-layer only!

This caught me off guard and I wound up pushing the project aside for weeks!

Rethinking the Design Plan - Stone/Cement?

I returned to the table thinking it needed to go the stone/cement direction!

start of stony cement look on console table by Traceys Fancy

So, I covered the blue with multiple shades of gray.....and again it fell flat and got pushed aside for several more weeks.

stone cement finish by Traceys Fancy

I certainly hope this is making you feel better about your own struggles with what direction to take with your painted furniture pieces.

New Direction...Faux Rust Paint Finish!

Then the treasure box can see all the details here. I loved this result so much that I decided this is exactly what I wanted to do with the console table!

patina rust finish treasure box by Traceys Fancy

In a sense, I was taking it back to the original idea of giving it the "beachy" vibe. LOL! Just without the bold color...instead going for more of a sunken treasure!

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Creating the Faux Rust Paint Finish

Apply a base coat

At this point we aren't lacking in layers!

The more the better so I began laying down the colors in the same sequence as the treasure box. A full coat of Coffee Bean followed by a dry brushed coat of Rusty Nail....allowing plenty of Espresso to show through.

painting thin layer of rusty nail over coffee bean

I even used a dry paper towel to rub off any excess Rusty Nail immediately after applying it.

Thoughtfully applying the iron & copper patina paint

I then dry brushed Dixie Belle's Iron ALL OVER the table surface. I applied it in all directions but kept it very thin and sparse!

I added heavier layers of Copper to the corners and near the carvings.

copper patina paint on decorative table corner

Once dry, I repeated this process.

Creating the Faux Rust with reactive spray

I worked quickly and in sections (legs first/top table surface/bottom table surface) because you need to apply the reactive sprays while the paint is wet.

So I'd dry brush the Iron...dab the Copper....and hurry and spray!

I sprayed with the Green Spray first. Then spritzed with the Yellow Spray. Then followed with the Green Spray again. Sort of pushing the Yellow Spray in the direction I wanted more of the orange rust in the end!

This process is so much fun! I just kept working my way around the table.

yellow patina reactive spray on table

Paint...spray...spray...spray...and move to the next section.

And now we wait...

Once fully covered, I just walked away!

Now it's time to wait and let the magic happen.

waiting for patina reactive spray to dry

PRO TIP: I find it most fun to do this at night. Then close up shop and leave for the night....only to return the next morning for the surprise!

More Inspiration: Patina Paint Finish

The exciting part about using Patina is that the look is unique and unpredictable every time! Here are other patina designs for your inspiration. I hope you are curious to give it a try...

The Finished Look

And holy moly was I surprised on this one!

Faux rust paint finish on console table by Traceys Fancy

Would you just look at the top surface?!?! It must have 12 colors of patina working there!

Top view of faux rust paint finish on console table by Traceys Fancy

Isn't it hard to believe that we really only used two colors of paint....two metallic patina colors and then the sprays?

Leg of faux rust paint finish on console table by Traceys Fancy

It reminds me of the canyons in New Mexico when the sun is setting.....the clay just casting all the browns and oranges and yellows!

Textured faux rust paint finish on top of console table by Traceys Fancy

It is so real......and still blows my mind that this much rust can be achieved in such a short amount of time.

Faux rust paint finish on several pieces by Traceys Fancy

And thank goodness for that first original coat of blue paint with its Sea Spray....because just look at that leg!!! Do you see all the texture that we got? Do you see all the Yellow Patina that settle into the run off?

Faux rust paint finish on leg of console table by Traceys Fancy

I couldn't be happier with it!

I never imagined this is where it was going but as I said....I'm not mad about it!

Faux rust paint finish on console table by Traceys Fancy

Here's to hoping this lands in someones beach house, lake house, or even a man cave!

It looks old...and bold...and stands proudly as if it truly has a history to tell!

More Inspiration: Painted Jewelry Armoires

As I mentioned before, painting with Patina is all kind of fun! Check out some of my other patina projects and I hope you will be inspired to try a Patina project yourself in the near future!

  • Patina Round Up - ALL the patina pieces in ONE BLOG with details of what to expect with each reaction

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