Textured Paint Creates a Shabby Chic Patina

My goal is to reproduce this beautiful finish.

This very cool candle holder was found at the thrift store.

I love it and I use it as a hook in my bathroom.

More importantly I thought if I could reproduce 
this finish, the thrift store possibilities would be endless!

This is a work in progress but my first thought was to
use white paint and add a ton of un-sanded grout to the paint. 

I used a creamy white flat latex paint. 

The recipe?

The ratio I used was about 1:3 
1 part un-sanded grout to 2 parts paint.
You will have to experiment with the paint you are choosing to use.

The trick here is to dab on the paint, don't drag the brush.

The first experiment was on a piece from an old lantern.

This is the first coat and it looks great already and... 
it is really sticking well! If you don't want the chunks you can knock them off when wet.

Next I tried it on a frame. By just dabbing the paint
onto the frame I was able to keep a lot of the chunky look.

Then I tried it on an old rusty candle holder.

This is the perfect example where rust is not a good thing.

And finally, the experiment I was the most curious about
was on a hook that I removed from my bathroom.

I was tired of that very shiny chrome look and I was thrilled to see that this hook could look so much better with a Shabby Chic patina. 

Each of these items got another coat of very sanded grout paint then I sponged on a little gray paint for added dimension

Here are the finished products...

I am especially happy with the hook... 

I was a little worried that since the original finish was so shiny and a hook is used so much, that the paint might scrape off.  

I gave the hook a finishing coat of Polycrylic which sealed it completely and gave it a very hard finish.

* update-  The shabby chic paint on the hook is still going strong 2 years later!

My paint color choice was a little more cream than white but imagine the different colors you could use for this.

Imagine the thrift store possibilities,
old brass? Old light fixtures? 

I'm so glad to have found an inexpensive
Shabby Chic finish that looks great!

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. Great way to get the look you were going for....it worked! Nice job.

  2. I like this idea, Susan. I will have to try it!

  3. Fantastic idea! Love - wonder if you could get this same look with home made chalk paint (lots of PoP not fully mixed in?)

    1. oh ignore me, I must have skipped over the first two lines... thought you were using retail textured paint! sheesh...

  4. Great look on all of the items. Did you sand a bit on the bathroom hook? Thanks for sharing your technique.

  5. Great idea...so many options with that. The transformation of the silver bath hook is amazing.

  6. wow--what a transformation on that hook (my favorite) Super job Susan!
    ps love polycrylic!

  7. great job! The ReStore had some unsanded grout, which I bought, not remembering what it was supposed to be for. This must be the reason!

  8. Let me make sure I understand the recipe, say 1 cup of unsanded grout to 3 cups of paint??

    1. Yes, that should work. I didn't use a cup, I used about 1/4 cup but that is the ratio. It will depend on the paint you use too. You might try just adding the unsanded grout into the paint until you reach a cement like consistency.

  9. You ROCKED this project!!!! Thanks for sharing : ) hugs...


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