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 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.

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  1. So pretty, Susan! LOVE the rust treatment!

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    1. Thanks Donna it really looks so real when the spray sealer is applied!

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  2. Since I hardly ever bake, I'll have to use my cinnamon to make rust! What a great tip, Susan and I adore how it turned out! Giving you a shout-out at Knick of Time for the Talk of the Town party and pinned it!

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    1. Thank you Angie and thank you for all your inspiration!

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  3. i just saw the tiered muffin stand which said it was for sale...but i didn't see it on your website or etsy page...how do we find it?

    thanks! i love what you did with it! i really need to start looking at things differently!!!

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    1. Hi Debi,
      It is for sale locally. The muffin tower is huge and wouldn't be shippable. It is on a local site sorry for the confusion.

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  4. i'm back susan! love the cinnamon! where did you find your clock in your header? I love it. laura

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    1. Hi Laura! Glad you're back! The clock in my header came from Tuesday morning but I just saw a similar one here... https://www.antiquefarmhouse.com/large-round-metal-wall-clock.html Hope you find one!

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