Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Faux Oxidation

This little vintage galvanized pail was the inspiration for my "oxidized" wine boxes.






The more I looked at it, the more it looked like my "Old World Finish", with rust peeking through.



So, that's pretty much what I did to get my faux oxidation.  Only I watered down my white paint/gesso mix, and I didn't rub it off.  I let it settle.



However, you will never get the exact same effect twice.  The end result will have a lot to do with what you are starting with, and how much you practice.  Rust, and imperfections help.  You should also clean and dry your piece first.



I watered down the paint on the first box more than the second one.  How thick the "faux" oxidation will be, just depends on how much water you add, how many layers you apply, blah, blah, blah.  So, you can take this,



to this.





Now, I do have other oxidation techniques, but I won't be sharing them.  Why? Partly because they involve chemicals, and scary stuff.  Plus, well....I can't share ALL my secrets.

I love the look of oxidized metal with flowers.


My Autumn Joy is changing colors.  Looking forward to Fall, cause it was hot and humid here today.  See ya soon.




39 comments:

aimee said...

Looks great I have some gesso I'll have to give it a go xxx

aimee said...

Looks great I have some gesso I'll have to give it a go xxx

Shirley said...

oh! this is so awesome...The flowers are beautiful too...

Anne said...

Rosemary,
Love this technique.I don't blame you for not sharing all of your techniques.Although you could write a book :-) .I agree it looks beautiful with those flowers too!
xx
Anne

Olive Cooper said...

Love the plants and the bucket. I do understand about the chemicals. Plus you must keep some of your secrets for yourself.

Kelly said...

Those look so great! Your technique is just the thing to transform those boxes into something interesting. I love that look.

Inspired by you said...

Thanks for letting us in on your secret! They look great!

Donna Wilkes said...

I love any distressed finish you like to share, but I am with Anne above, I am waiting for your book!

Distressed Donna Down Home

Donna said...

Thank you for sharing your secrets with us, Rosemary! Great tips, I love your crates! Now I need to run out and get some gesso!!

It's All Connected said...

What, you don't tell us how your do everything? Oh well, even if you did it would take your eye and skill to do it quite the same. ~ Maureen

Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing those great tips on getting a faux oxidation look, Rosemary! Yours looks amazing. I knew that had to be your project when I saw the thumbnail over at "Wow Us Wednesday".

Shabby chic Sandy said...

You are more brave than I am--I did the acid mirror thing once...love the effect but feel lucky I didn't end up in the emergency room. Your technique shared here seems safe:)

I got my giveaway today--thank you so much! I love it! I posted about it. :)

Gail said...

I love the technique you used on your boxes Rosemary. Thank you for sharing what you do with us.

Sherry said...

I agree, love the comparison of the flowers with rusty pail.

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

I'd love to have these in my store...thanks for the ideas. Need to find some cool boxes first though! And never feel guilty about holding onto secrets R, as it is what business is based on!

Kate said...

Hi Rosemary
I think it is so wonderful how you do share so much with your readers. Keep some for yourself! Beautiful as always my friend. Have a beautiful week!

xoxo
Kate

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

I am always fascinated with how you create your treasures! I love the look of the sedum in the bucket. Very pretty!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Well, however you do it, it looks great, Rosemary! Your sedum looks wonderful. I used to love to see the colors start to change on mine {at the old house}. I hope the ones I've seen around the condo community survived this horrible Summer.

Decor & Harmony said...

I have got to try gesso one day soon, you make everything look so fabulous!
Love the flowers with your restyle.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Looks great and thanks for introducing me to gesso. Mine are beginning to change color too. I'm actually ready for the seasons to change. Cant believe I'm saying that.

Debbiedoo's said...

That oxidation is awesome Rosemary. I love that.

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

Looks great!

Jan @Door251

Terry Moore said...

Love your works of art...including all the aging!

Burlap Luxe said...

Rosemary I love galvanized anything :)
I just picked up an old bucket myself sad that it had a bit of a crushed dent at the bottom, but still a beauty. So now that I have seen what you have created it gives galvanize a whole new twist.
Those wine boxes make for great holiday gifting ...a little filler a bottle of wine some cheeses in the other side wrapped up in clear wrap and you have a gift a winery would be proud to sell.

This is an inspiring piece. You may find me inspired enough to try one of my own.

Thank you dear friend for making it over to check out my holiday over at my place, means so much to me to see and hear from you, your comments touch the edges of my heart :)
Have a beautiful week.
xoxo
Dore

Curtains in My Tree said...

Girl as usual it has your special touch, gesso

I like that old wheel rim behind the flowers, gives me an idea to put my bob wire wreath behind my hydrangea and take a picture

clochesandlavender.com said...

Love this project. Everything looks great as it always does.

Cynthia

Diane said...

Thanks for sharing. I will be giving this a try. Love your blog and your posts are my inspiration for many a project. Have a wonderful fall season.

savvycityfarmer said...

have the perfect tub to enahnce!!! It's been waiting in the wings

your A-joy is beautiful!

lynn said...

another gorgeous finish--love it:)

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Awesome! Looks great. Thanks for sharing!!

JP said...

Another creation that I adore!Keep 'em comin'

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Too cool, Rosemary! I love this! You have converted me to Gesso too! I love using it! You're always inspiring!

Sabrina @ loulousucre said...

I love the boxes. I think I'll have to try it. Hope mine turns out as well as yours.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The wine boxes look wonderful after you work your magic on them!!....Love the flowers in the bucket...rusty beauty...what more can you ask for!!...

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

They look great Rosemary, and that little pot looks so pretty filled your sedum clippings!

Victoria said...

You are a genius Rosemary! Even if you did share all of your secrets I doubt many of us would have the talent to pull it all off as beautifully as you do:)

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

So beautiful Rosemary!
Nobody can duplicate the tlc you put into all your projects!!

Green Willow Pond said...

You've done it again Rosemary! Fabulous technique!

SharonG said...

Hi Just discovered your site and looooove it! Could you tell me where would I get wine labels from please. I am in Australia, thank you. Lovvve all your work. So inspirational and thx for taking the time to share.