Beautiful Antique tin plate? No, it’s plastic doing it’s best to give that age old vintage inspired charm. Don’t be disappointed though, because I have a super easy tutorial for you to make your own plastic antique tin plate, a tutorial I think anyone can do. It doesn’t even require pallet wood, so I must say I’m stepping a little out of my comfort zone. 🙂
This beautiful “tin” plate actually started out as 4 very gold plastic plate chargers just sitting in a thrift store waiting for me. Since gold doesn’t go with my black, white, tan, gray, aged wood color scheme I have going on in my house, I knew the chargers would be the center of my next makeover.
A painted on coat of black chalk paint starts the project. Don’t be too concerned about painting in only one direction, the brush strokes are going to add to the vintage feel of the fake tin.
Since I didn’t have any silver paint in my supplies I first experimented with a few acrylic paints dabbed on and blended then sanded. Let me just put it this way…it didn’t look good. It looked like acrylic paints just dabbed on and sanded and not in a good way, I was missing the shine of silver. Back to the store.
Instead of acrylic paints, I left the store with a can of Rust-oleum Weathered Steel spray paint. Weathered Steel sounded like the perfect color…and it was close. The spray paint had a little texture but it still looked like spray paint.
After the spray paint was dry, I went back over the entire plate with some watered down black acrylic paint. It looks dry in the above picture, but take my word for it, it’s still very wet. While the paint is wet, wipe it off with a paper towel. If the tin doesn’t look aged enough, hit it again with more black until you have your antique finish.
This is the before and after, the black paint really cuts down on the metallic shine.
With a dry brush stencil on numbers and finish with a coat of flat spray varnish.
That was so fun and so easy, now I’m seeing fake tin possibilities everywhere. Have a great week.