Saturday, July 31, 2010

Funky old Rusty Tin Project

I am always on the search for unique wall art. By art, I don't just mean framed pictures, photographs etc. I mean unique whatevers that take your walls from expected & ordinary to unexpected and beautiful. Kari & Kijsa talk about it in this post, and since reading their take on wall displays, I've been on the quest for my own piece of funky whatever for my walls.

My mother found this cool rusty old piece of tin during her thrifting travels. I always thought the pattern on it was beautiful, and she kindly gave it to me. Yippeee! A cool piece of junk for my walls! I'm well on my way to escaping my wall display dulldrums.


I actually thought that in its natural, rusty state, it was beautiful and unique, but it was really rusty, flaking and dirty. It had to be helped. I could either try to frame it as is, or paint it. Sounds like a good excuse to try another glazing project!


I spray painted it white, then applied a burnt umber glaze over top. I did a few layers, as I really wanted the detailed pattern to show up.

I have yet to find a home for my piece of tin. I'm also not sure how I will mount it. I was thinking of either using a hidden hook on the back, or perhaps a short length of chain on either side, extending up to more decorative hooks. Any other ideas??? So I ask you, amazing, talented and creative bloggers, how would you display/hang a funky 'ole piece of tin? Do tell!!!

Linking to my favorite parties!


Tara@JustDevineStyle said...[Reply to comment]

Love it now. The white with glaze really makes it beautiful. I am sure you will find a spot for it. Hey but if you don't. . . I have one Ha ha.

Jeralee said...[Reply to comment]

Big improvement. I would be giddy also, over a cool piece of junk with lots of detail. Now it's a pretty piece of art.

How big is it? If it were really big, you could use it as a headboard.

Other than that, I like your idea of putting a hook behind it.

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]


Cool idea, but alas, it is only approx 18 inches long by 8 inches wide.

Kenzie said...[Reply to comment]

Gorgeous! I am envious!

LilPeach said...[Reply to comment]

I would look for old weathered board, like a barn board, slightly larger than your tin piece about 20" x 10". Mount the tin on the board and hang it. The board acts as a frame of sorts.

Kim said...[Reply to comment]

I love funky old things, too. This looks great. Could you mount it with a plate hangers or those disc hangers?

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]


great idea!

Andrea said...[Reply to comment]


I hadn't thought of that either, but that would work great! I knew you would all come through with great ideas!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...[Reply to comment]

OH it is gorgeous painted and glazed. What a fabulous piece. Hugs, Marty

Ellie said...[Reply to comment]

It looks great! I like the idea of mounting it to barn board first, then to the wall. Stopping by from Sunday Showcase.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...[Reply to comment]

I love old tin and actually found a shop yesterday with piles of it. His prices of $50 and up were too steep for me. Yours looks wonderful. Anyway you decide to hang it the piece will look fabulous.
Hugs, Sherry

TheSmithHotel said...[Reply to comment]

I love how it turned out! You could put that anywhere!

Jody said...[Reply to comment]

looks great!

Leslie said...[Reply to comment]

Love it!!! It looks great!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...[Reply to comment]

Oh, it's lovely!! Such pretty details. I like the layered effect you gave it with the paint. :) I'm visiting from Rhoda's Thrifty Treasures party. :)

Charlene Austin said...[Reply to comment]

Fabulous! I have an old piece of ceiling tile that is so rusted I wasn't sure what I would do with it. I think I will paint it after seeing your gorgeous creation.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...[Reply to comment]

You certainly did a great job with your painting and glazing...this is wonderful and I love it!!!

The Tattered Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

Great job! If you need ideas on where to hang would look great hanging at my house ;)
Toni ♥

Carmen said...[Reply to comment]

Ooh I love it! It looks so pretty with the white paint and glaze. I think you should hang it up like a plate with a plate hanger or those disc hangers like another comment mentioned.

Becky K. said...[Reply to comment]

Very cute! Is there someplace you can lean it?
Melissa, at the Inspired Room did a post about leaning things for a different look.

Becky K.

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...[Reply to comment]

I love rusty too, but your painting project made the detail show up so much better. You did a wonderful job.

One Cheap B*tch said...[Reply to comment]

What a fabulous makeover! Love its vintage look!


Busy as a Bee in Paris said...[Reply to comment]

Awesome! I have a vintage French newsprint metal sheet (my father-in-law used to be a journalist here in Paris). The type is backwards, of course, but I've wondered about doing the same kind of thing as you did with this rusty piece. Do I dare? Where would I hang it? And what on earth would my hubby say??? ;) Your piece looks fabulous!

Christine said...[Reply to comment]

I like Becky K's idea about leaning it...maybe on a table against a wall. Nice job!

Patti said...[Reply to comment]

wow...nice transformation!!

Vintagesouthernlife said...[Reply to comment]

Great find and you did a fabulous job transforming it. It is too heavy to hang with those disc hangers?

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...[Reply to comment]

Stopping by from Nifty Thrifty Tuesday! Love how the tin turned out! Definitely lean it against the wall on a table! Love it!

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...[Reply to comment]

Love it!! And mounting it on an old piece of barn wood would be fab!

Lady Katherine said...[Reply to comment]

I just love it! When you tire of it can it come to my home? lol

Tristen@blissfulchaos said...[Reply to comment]

The glaze looks amazing. How perfect!

Petie said...[Reply to comment]

Very nice job! I love the deep glaze that really shows off the details. Maybe it could go on a small tabletop easel.

32˙North said...[Reply to comment]

Hi Andrea,

The details really stand out now - nice piece and a fun project!


NYCLQ said...[Reply to comment]

Great project! It could work mounting to wall as is - or - mount to a larger board (salvaged lumber?) and frame it to make it a larger feature and incorporate it as a leaning piece (with one or two other pieces) to make a backdrop for a vignette on a buffet, table, or chest.

Good luck - Have FUN!!
:D Lynda

Candylei said...[Reply to comment]

It's beautiful! So amazing the difference. Love it.

Mandi said...[Reply to comment]

Love that funky junk! You should try command wall strips. They are surprisingly strong!

Michele said...[Reply to comment]

oooh that is so interesting! i love the way you've rediscovered its hidden beauty! way to go!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...[Reply to comment]

That looks so cool!

I hung my old tin ceiling tiles with paneling nails. The tiles had nail holes anyway, and the paneling nails don't really show because they're white.

Susan said...[Reply to comment]

I really like how the glaze made your tin look.

Terrell said...[Reply to comment]

This is just terrific! I love the transformation! Thank you so much for linking it to my party!! :D
~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

Linda Q said...[Reply to comment]

Great job, looks so good! Where will you put it?
I hung an old piece of tin ceiling , square piece, in our kitchen as a chandelier or ceiling medallion.

Gail at Victorian at Heart said...[Reply to comment]

I too liked it in its original state but your finished tin shows off the detail beautifully. I have some tins that were wrapped around the edges of a frame and nailed. I have also just nailed it to the wall depending on the thickness. Great project. Thanks for sharing

Sjn said...[Reply to comment]

I have 2 old tin panels that shape that I hung with ribbon on the wall above my stairway. I love re-purposing old things!

SHEILA said...[Reply to comment]

3M Command Strips actually come in plastic velcro-like strips- I like them because you can rearrange a little on the velcro. (I can never seem to hang things in exactly the right place!) :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...[Reply to comment]

Love this, too. Thanks for linking it.

Toocutedobs said...[Reply to comment]

Ok, love it! How about mounting on a textured black fabric covered (velvet, linen, suede, etc.) board and framed. Make it VERY IMPORTANT looking.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...[Reply to comment]

Just stopping by from Kim's B&A party! Love how this tin turned out! That glazing really brings out the details!

marie said...[Reply to comment]

That is so cute! I wonder what you ended up doing with this piece of tin. I have some tin too. I actually made a shelf and used the tin as the backing for the shelf. Mine is black. I think yours would be really cool if you put it on a piece of would slightly larger than your piece of tin. You could frame it with trim and even leave a few inches either on the top or bottom and use it as a decorative coat hanger with some cool vintage looking hooks. It could even be used for a towel holder in a bathroom.