Beautiful Antique Tin Plate?



Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

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. 🙂

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

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.

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

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.

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

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.

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

This is the before and after, the black paint really cuts down on the metallic shine.

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

With a dry brush stencil on numbers and finish with a coat of flat spray varnish.

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

In need of more diy?  You can find the chairs  makeover here, the wood crate centerpiece here and the striped candle holder here.

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

Create a faux tin plate from a plastic Charger, recycled charger

That was so fun and so easy, now I’m seeing fake tin possibilities everywhere. Have a great week.

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9 Comments

  • Carol says:

    I live somewhat in your area, what thrift stores do you frequent? I haven’t been able to find any good ones around here. Thanks!

    • Joan says:

      These were from the 2nd Ave Value Store in Columbia, Maryland. Unlike Goodwill they have sales every Sunday, Monday and Thursday. This was the first time I found chargers, but no matter where you go it’s always hit and miss at Thrift Stores… the thrill of the hunt.

  • They look wonderful! I would have never guessed they were those plastic chargers I overlook all the time. Great job. I adore your bunny and dried hydrangeas, too.

    • Joan says:

      I don’t know if you’ve ever seen Salvage Dawgs on the DIY Network but that bunny was from their shop Black Dawg Salvage in Roanoke, Virginia.

  • Lara says:

    Get out of here! I love this! I totally have those same gold chargers!! I’m totally doing this!!!

    • Joan says:

      Normally I don’t look for plastic, but I am totally going to keep a lookout for another set of chargers. Now I’m thinking of other finishes. hmmm…

  • Brenda Young says:

    Wow! What a transformation! Well now I’m going to have to go out and get me some of that spray paint for sure, your faux is fabulous Joan!

  • gail says:

    Joan,

    I think you plastic chargers turned out great, and I’m so impressed with how well they all match each other!

    great job.

    gail

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