Do you have “those” things lying around your house or yard, the ones you have inherited from somewhere, someone, which have become forgotten, lost, left? I have quite a few of these things, inherited from people who are no longer with us. I am one of those people who finds it very hard to throw away this kind of stuff. One of my tests of whether I can pass an item on, is the emotion of the piece. If I have some kind of connection, it stays.
Are you like that or can you toss anything you have no need for?
I am good at passing things on and regularly upcycle and give or sell things, or donate to charity shops, but there are some things I hold onto. I also feel weird if I stick a pin through someone when I put their photo up on the wall…..so maybe I am a little bit eccentric. But I do think the feeling of wanting to keep something for it’s connection is very valid.
This old metal box was made by my Father In Law. He passed away on the 4/4/99 – on our 1 year anniversary, at 4.04 am, while we were both standing in our 3 and a half week old son’s room nursing him back to sleep, after a long day at the beside vigil. He was a cracker of a bloke. Always up for a cuddle. Always smiling and joking despite his long battle with prostrate cancer, always loving, and always loved. He was my husband’s step father and you could not want for a better one.
We took a few pieces when he passed away that he had made with his own hands, this box being one of them. He was an amazing upcycler before upcycling was even a word, as was my maternal Grandfather.
At first my hubby used it in his shed to store things in, but over time it migrated outside, sat in the weather and was forgotten. I noticed it a few months ago and decided it needed a new lease of life. This weekend I painted it with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan, showing you how easy it is painting metal with chalk paint. And I think it has definitely started a new journey.
I do love the rustic look, but this was a bit too grotty and not enough rustic for me. I do love the rusty handles and have left those alone,just copper spraying the ring pulls and leaving the handles all rusty.
You will need:
Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan in your choice of colour/s – I used duckegg blue.
A rag and some warm water for a simple clean.
A reasonable size bristle brush, preferably a round one, but you can really use any brush. I used the Annie Sloan brushes.
Spray paint (if you want to add a copper or other metallic accent).
Rag for wipe ups.
Old knife to open the paint can.
A simple clean with warm water.
Give the can a good shake and open.
Then paint – that is it really!
Use a reasonably loaded brush and paint on roughly, don’t try to create a smooth finish. If you are painting an old, beaten up piece like this one, you do not want to aim for a perfect finish, but rather one which says “I have lived here forever”.
I spray painted the ring pulls with copper and taped around those while I sprayed. Then I touched a few areas up with the Chalk Paint.
Other than that, if an inside piece you would wax as usual. As this is on our deck I left it without wax as we don’t recommend waxing outdoor pieces, due to the heat melting the wax. It will weather naturally, chip and age and gather it’s own new history.
The paint went on very smooth and easily and left a lovely chalky finish. It also dried extremely quickly.
I didn’t tape the handles off- which you really should – so I cleaned them off afterwards. I also taped around the rings and then copper sprayed them.
It now takes pride of place on our deck. I think my father in law would be proud. What do you think?
And there you go.
Have you got a metal project you could paint, or have you painted metal with Chalk Paint before? We would love to hear any tips, so please do comment and tell us below!