Friday, July 15, 2011

faux zinc

I have seen a few of the faux zinc letters around the blogosphere and decided to try the technique out on some bookends I have had for a few years. A few years back I got a set of ? and ! bookends. They were originally just black and the paint was chipping off of them anyway so I thought I would try to give them a little more oomph. In true impatient crafter fashion I forgot to take a before picture. If you look really closely at the office pictures you can see them on the desk there. Anyway I spray painted them both with the rustoleum hammered aluminum spray paint and then did a little glaze on them. I did remember to take a picture of the ? before it got glazed.

I just mixed up some black acrylic paint with some water for the glaze.

Paint it on.

You can see how careful you need to be with this step ;).

Then wipe it off.

I just layered on the glaze until I had the look I wanted.

Here is the finished product back on my desk. Not a major change, but I like them. They have that slightly "found" industrial look to them. It was a really easy little afternoon project too!

Happy Friday everyone. I am hoping to get around to a couple more projects this weekend! We will see what gets done!


  1. so cool! want to try this very soon!

  2. These are great! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:

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  3. Great idea!! Did you buy the letters or you made all this from scratch?

  4. Hi --

    Did you let the spray paint dry completely before adding the black?

  5. Where did you buy those letters?