Last spring I picked up this bench while junking. It has been sitting in my garage waiting to be painted. I have a fun idea in mind for what to do with it and want to try a faux metal finish.
Before starting on the bench, I am practicing to see which technique to use. Here are the 2 boards that I practiced on. One is supposed to look more like zinc and one like brushed nickel. I started out by painted each board a dark gray color.
For the brushed nickle effect, I put gunmetal gray metallic acrylic paint on a chip brush and dabbed most of the paint off the brush onto a paper plate. Then, using long strokes, I brushed the paint on the board. It was super easy to do and looks pretty good when dry!
For the zinc effect, I coated the board with paste wax, spritzed it with water and sprayed on a metallic spray paint. Then, I sprayed on more water and let it dry overnight. In the morning, I brushed on a light gray wash (water and a bit of gray paint). I allowed the wash to dry and then did a second coat of the wash. I really liked the way it looked after the second coat dried. Then, I used more paste wax to finish the surface and now it looks more smooth and less aged and I don’t like it as much.
So, here are the 2 finishes close up. I’m not totally sold on either on. What do you think? I think I need to get a couple more boards and try a few more techniques.