DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Want to make your own metal wall art? It’s easier than you might think to create this look.

It all starts with these cute laser cut wood wall decor ornaments. I got mine at Michaels. They are really inexpensive and come in so many styles!

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

The three I purchased are approximately 8″ to 9″ in length. The sides are super-thin.

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

To achieve the faux metal effect, I used a paint line from Modern Masters. I’ve used this system before, on my large copper planter boxes and on my copper pipe lamp.

I’ll walk you through the basic steps here, but please see my previous tutorials for a complete list of supplies as well as detailed instructions.

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

First I painted both sides of each wall ornament with Modern Masters Metal Effects Primer.

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Once dry, I painted both sides with one coat of Modern Masters Copper Reactive Metallic Paint.

My little trick to make painting easier is to leave a section where you can hold each item while painting. Once dry, then simply paint that final section. (The arrows in the image below show you what I mean.)

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Once dry, it was time for my favorite step: applying the Green Patina Aging Solution. First you paint another coat of the copper metallic paint, and then immediately spray on the patina solution. To contain the spray, I placed the wood pieces in a box.

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Only the front of each piece got the patina spray. The back side of each is finished with the pretty copper paint.

The patina solution begins to work soon after application. This close-up shot below was taken only five minutes after spraying on the solution.

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

I left everything to dry overnight. I couldn’t wait until the next morning to see what I had created!

It’s amazing how simply spraying a solution (say that ten times fast) gives you such a gorgeous patina!

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art
DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Here’s a few close-up pictures so you can see the lovely patina effect:

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art
DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

These lightweight – and super-inexpensive – laser cut wood wall ornaments truly look like aging metal wall grilles! I love the effect!

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art
DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Even the edges look cool . . .

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art
DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

Here’s a shot of my faux metal wall art against a painted background. Love the way the sunlight reflects off of the copper parts!

DIY Faux Metal Wall Art

What do you think?

Happy crafting!

~Laura

 

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Comments

    • says

      Thanks Julie! I don’t always remember the box myself, but since my husband’s brewing equipment is in the basement, I have an extra reason to make sure I use it! LOL

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