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Custom Faux Metal Floating Shelves

Custom Faux Metal Floating Shelves

Posted by DecoArt on Oct 28th 2015

Turn plain wooden floating shelves into modern designer-look room accents.

SUPPLIES

    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • sandpaper
    • tape measure
    • 2" chip brush
    • 2" foam brush
    • drill and small drill bit
    • screws
    • level
    • wooden shelves

    INSTRUCTIONS

    NOTES:

    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Build shelves with provided instructions or purchase wooden floating shelves and clean thoroughly. Be certain the shelves do not have any rough edges; sand if needed.
    2. Using a 2" chip brush, paint all surfaces in Relic.
    3. Instruction #2
    4. Mix Slate Grey with some water to form a very thin wash. Brush onto the shelf surface and let sit for a few seconds. Using a circular motion, remove the moisture from the paint using a paper towel.
    5. Instruction #3
    6. Using a circular motion, evenly apply Shimmering Silver with a foam brush.
    7. Instruction #4
    8. Using a dry-brush technique, apply a small amount of "rust" by first applying Burnt Sienna and then Burnt Umber.
    9. Instruction #5
    10. Calm the rust tones with a faint layer of Shimmering Silver over the vivid rust spots using the same technique with a foam brush.
    11. Instruction #6
    12. Make a wash using Relic. Dip the foam brush into it and wring out most of the moisture. Paint on a small amount in a circular motion. Quickly brush off the excess moisture with a paper towel.
    13. Instruction #7
    14. Go back around the edges and accentuate the "rust" by adding a little bit of Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber. (Use a dry-brush technique.)
    15. Instruction #8
    16. Measure and hang the shelves using a level, pencil, tape measure, and drill gun. (This is according to the provided shelf construction plans. If using purchased shelves, hang according to packaging instructions.)
    17. Instruction #9
    18. Position each shelf onto the wall frames. Insert screws into the predrilled holes on the top of each shelf.
    19. Instruction #10
    20. Using screws and the predrilled holes, attach the bottom plywood covers.

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