You may have noticed the bull/steer/cow/whatever-you-want-to-call-it in my pile of goodies from the MacGrove garage sales.
He’s actually flat on the back side and intended for hanging on the wall. He looks like he might be made out of metal, but he isn’t. He’s really just made out of that polyresin sort of material and then painted to look like metal. But I wasn’t very fond of the faux finish he came with, so I decided to give him a different faux finish.
I’d first heard of these Modern Masters metal effects paints when my friend Sue used the ‘rust’ kit on a galvanized olive basket that she gave me for my birthday. Then my reader, Victoria, also mentioned that her husband uses these products and swears by them. I was intrigued. I had to hunt around a little to find it, but I eventually found these small kits at Hobby Lobby. I could have ordered them online as well, but I like instant gratification. Plus I used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby.
I started by painting my bull with the primer.
That was easy enough. I’d say I used about half of the 2 oz. bottle of primer on this bull.
Once that dried I added a coat of the Oxidizing Iron Paint. And let me warn you, that stuff is stinky! I don’t think I’d want to be using that one indoors.
The first coat went on rather spotty and since the instructions called for two coats, I added a second coat.
Once that was dry, I spritzed it with the ‘rust activator’ which came with a pump spray nozzle for application. After about 10 minutes, I spritzed it a second time.
Then I sat back and waited for the magic to happen.
And I got a little rusty bull.
Here’s how he looks hanging on the wall.
I haven’t yet decided the fate of the rusty bull. I may keep him for a future new look in my kitchen. Then again, I’m not entirely sure that this look is ‘me’. I’ll have to make up my mind before October 8.