How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

If this post alone doesn't make you want to think twice
about buying something you see in the thrift store 
then nothing will.

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

This vintage, rusty, enamel sign is not vintage, rusty, or enamel. Are you curious?

Take a look. 

I thought twice about buying this metal sign at the thrift store today but in hind sight I wish I had bought 10 more. 

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

It isn't vintage, it was new and the bar code on the back proves it. (my husband liked it and I can not understand why though) lol

I brought it home and got right to work while I had this great idea. I had a new stencil from Angie at Knick of Time that I wanted to try and this was just the canvas I needed. 


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I painted the metal sign white using a spray chalky paint

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

When the paint was dry I grabbed my new stencil from Knick of Time and used spray adhesive to stick it to the sign. I love spray adhesive because it keeps the stencil from moving and it helps with leakage under the stencil.  

I used a foam pouncer to apply the paint to the stencil in very thin coats. The pouncer works better than a brush in my opinion because it goes on with thinner coats. 

When I removed the stencil I took a piece of sandpaper and dragged it across the sign to create distressed areas in the paint. 

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

And now for the rust... I read someplace that you could use cinnamon to replicate the look of rust. I just couldn't remember how so I improvised. 

I used a flat topped stencil brush to dab black paint randomly around the edges of the metal sign. I put a lot in the corners where more rust might naturally occur. 

Next I sprinkled cinnamon on the wet paint, pushing it into the paint. I shook off the excess and let it dry.  

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

When the paint dried I coated the whole sign, faux rust and all with Triple Thick Clear Glaze. This stuff is great, it is a shiny sealer that is so thick it looks like enamel when it dries. It also seals the cinnamon.

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

If I do say so myself I think this sign came out awesome!




Creating the look of rust on a new meat sign from the thrift store. Homeroad.net

The cinnamon is the perfect replication of old rust. 

How to Make a Rusty Enamel Farm Fresh Milk Sign

Thanks Angie at Knick of Time for making such awesome farmhouse stencils!


         

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .