I picked up some roof tiles from Rehab Vintage Market at the Polka Dot Flea this past weekend. Heather asked me to tell her what I did with them so I wrote this tutorial of sorts. I chose the #3 because Father's Day is coming and that was Earl Earnhardt's racing number.
|The cart of metal roof tiles in Rehab's booth|
This won't be your typical tutorial. The finished product is above. I'm just going to give you the steps to recreate this look. It takes a little time but it's worth it.
- Wash and dry a metal roof tile or any other metal piece
- Using a chip brush, smear a thin layer of white paint over the surface being sure to avoid covering any natural rust
- Follow with some aqua green paint
- Wipe the paint off with a paper towel being careful to leave the rust alone
- Using a dry brush, create additional rust spots with muted orange paint (I used Canyon Orange) and black paint working until you are satisfied.
- Wipe with a paper towel or rag to blend if necessary
- Draw a number in pencil
- Paint the number using black paint
- Admire your perfect number.
- Cover the tile with clear gesso
- While the gesso is still wet, distress the number with a bit of steel wool*
- Immediately wash the gesso off with cool water and blot dry- Normally you would leave the gesso on but the removed paint will still be uncured and would cover up your background
- Brush a thin coat of Modge Pouge to bring out the color
- Dip your finger in the Modge Pouge and run it along the sharp edges LIGHTLY to blunt them
- Spray with a clear coat of sealer
*I would normally use tape but the paint adhered so well that even masking tape didn't touch it.
That's all there is to it.