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How to Make Hardware Look "Rusty"

I've refinished a few projects that needed some good rusty hardware for the final touch.  After scouring the internet on how to do this, I gave up and came up with my own version.  It's much easier than anything I could find out there. 

So, here's what I started with.  I had painted them previously, but didn't like how they turned out. 
First I sprayed them with Rustoleum Multicolor Textured paint.
I let them dry for about 15 minutes.  I didn't want the paint to be completely set because I like to mess up the texture a little. 
Normally I use black, red, and orange paint but I was out of orange so I improvised.
Next,  dab some color onto your project in random spots.     
I wear gloves and just dab at the hardware with my fingers until all the colors are blended. I usually add a little more black as I'm going. There seriously isn't a science to it.  Just go to town blending.

Not the best picture, but here it is on a thrift store shelf I refinished.  It's a wedding gift that has a personal touch, but didn't break the bank!


  1. Great demo on how to achieve that rusted look. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this piece too. Very clever rusty effect on the handles !

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH!! That's so cool :) and they look perfectly rUsTy..

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