Update Old Decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique

Update Old Decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique

I’m loving the dark, textured, more interesting look this rust patina paint gives decor.

Do you have old decor that needs an update? Last month, I shared how to DIY 20 Faux Metal Paint techniques. I used Copper, Iron, and Bronze Patina’s for that post. After all of that testing, the rust look was surprisingly my favorite. I’m so excited to show you how gorgeous this looks on some decor I was ready to give up on. And, you can follow these quick and easy steps to update your old decor with this DIY rust paint technique too!

This rust paint looks so beautiful and complex. And it gives decor a sort of soft looking texture. I’m swooning over this look so much, that I’m declaring rust is the new black in this house.  😉 I’m looking for more ways to add it to different rooms. I’ll need to try this DIY Rust Paint on my old picture frames soon!

The old decor I decided to update with rust paint.
Before updating with the DIY Rust Paint Technique…

I am so glad that Dixie Belle gave me their line of faux metal patina paints to try. I’ve had a great time experimenting with different faux metal looks. If you love chalk paint makeovers, be sure to stop by the Dixie Belle Paint Company blog for loads of chalk paint and patina makeover inspiration.

Update your old decor, picture frames, and mirrors with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
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Now, let’s get to this fun DIY Rust Paint Technique!


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Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
A look at the Iron Paint, Green Patina Spray, and small brush I used on the metal star.

Materials for this DIY Rust Paint Technique

  • Dixie Belle Iron Paint
  • Dixie Belle Green Patina Spray
  • Dixie Belle Chalk Paint to use as a base coat
  • Paint or Foam Brushes

Steps for this DIY Rust Paint Technique

A quick note first, Dixie Belle does recommend using the patina spray on a wet layer of the iron paint. Wet paint will provide the strongest reaction. The full reaction can take 2-6 hours to fully develop. And the more spray you use, the more rust you will get. Ok, let’s get this party started.

Step One

You start with a base coat of a Dixie Belle Chalk paint, in any shade you’d like. I used a blue color called Vintage Duck Egg in this photo.

Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
I lightly brushed the blue chalk paint over the black metal, with a chip brush. I was going for an aged rust look with this technique.
Step Two

Once the chalk paint is dry, apply the iron paint and spray on the green patina while the iron paint is still wet. A few light sprays will provide a slight rust look, more sprays will make the rust stronger.

Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
Once the blue chalk paint dried, I put a light layer of iron paint on with the chip brush. Then I worked fast to spray on the patina while it was still wet.
A close up of a metal candle holder updated with rust patina paint. Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
I love the variation in color here. Certain spots are lighter where less spray was used.
Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
I used the same steps on this piece too. You can still see little bits of blue chalk paint showing through on this one. Those are spots where I didn’t apply the Iron paint. The variation in color gives this a more authentically  aged look.
Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
This piece was completely covered in a dark grey chalk paint before I gave it a full coat of the Iron Paint then sprayed it with quite a bit of the green patina.
Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
Using a dark grey base color seems to have made the final rust color darker. It’s beautiful!

Steps to Update Small Areas with this DIY Rust Paint Technique

Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
To get this look, I used a small paint brush to apply the iron paint in just a few spots. Then sprayed with the green patina.
Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
Once that dries, use a chip brush with just a light amount of your base color paint on the ends. Then quickly dab it all over the rust. Don’t use strokes here.
Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
After lightly dabbing on the paint, the rust is just lightly showing through.
A close up of white paint over the rust paint on metal. Update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
You can see how the rust still shows through the light layer of white paint.
Rust paint on the tips and a few spots to update this star. This is an easy way to update your old decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
Loving the final result. Just a light touch of rust in a few places gives this star more character.

That’s it, that’s how easy it is to do this DIY Rust Paint Technique. What do you think? Are you a fan of the rust paint look?? Let me know if you have any questions! I’m always happy to help. 🙂

Quick and Easy 2-Step DIY Rust Paint Technique. I love how easy this is, just paint and spray! #PatinaPaint #Rust #DixieBellePaint #AbbottsAtHome
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Looking for more easy decor ideas? Try this easy DIY Pottery Barn Knock Off Textile Art. I saved $300 off the Pottery Barn price. 

DIY Pottery Barn Knock Off Textile Art for between $10 and $20 each. This DIY saved me over $300, guys! And you get to pick the fabric color and style that matches your room. This is a super easy DIY Wall Decor Idea.Or, this fun DIY Light Clip display board. Works great with photos, notes, school papers, and kid’s artwork!

Quick and Easy DIY Light Clip Display Board. Fun way to display kid's art, photos, notes, and more.


Feeling inspired? Now that you know How to do this DIY Rust Paint Technique, get to it! Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

10 thoughts on “Update Old Decor with this DIY Rust Paint Technique

  1. I LOVE this look. If I had this paint I would be painting everything in sight, lol. The effect is amazing.

  2. Thank you for sharing this! I am always looking for new techniques to try, so I am pinning this for later (well, sooner, rather than later!).

  3. This looks very real, one of the best I’ve seen for faux rust!!

  4. This is such a neat idea!! The possibilities are endless and looks like lots of fun!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

  5. amberlyonferguson2017

    Great tutorial! I am featuring this post today at TFT! I hope you will join us again this week!
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