Inside our garage sat this locker. It was pretty neat by itself, but not quite what someone would want to put in their living room. So here’s what I did…
Step one: Clean! Scrub that baby down with some warm water and soap. Use some good ‘ol elbow grease.
Step two: Throw some acrylic paint on it. Just put a glob on a cloth and smear it in nice and good.
Step three: Sand it down. This will help blend the colors and bring out some of the original metal and rust. Yes rust is good in moderation.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the overall look after the first round of sanding, so i just kept going.
Step Four: Use a sponge brush to lightly paint over the whole locker (I used teal).
Step Five: Do some spot sanding so the other colors and some patina sneaks through again.
Step Six: I wanted a more aged look so I just took some English Chestnut-colored wood stain and used a cloth to smear that all on very lightly.
Step Seven: Let dry and voilà!
- It’s important you do all strokes in one direction, in my case, it was up and down. Do some areas with a thicker coat of colored paint, and some really thin areas. This is messy…get into it!
- An electric sander is a good friend to have.
- If you’re getting frustrated, walk away from the project for a few hours or overnight to get some fresh eyes on it tomorrow. You may like it more than you think!