How to transform practically anything with a simple faux metal paint effect.

I don’t know what’s happened to me. I’ve gone from someone with a reputation for Gucci and Louis Vuitton, to a bird who goes ga ga over charity shops.

I have no idea when this phenomenon occurred.

But I like it!

Don’t get me wrong, I still adore high end. I never leave home without a Double G somewhere on my person. But scoring a great charity shop find is such a rush, even more so when it can be transformed into a stylish accessory for the home.

Take those porcelain urns you see everywhere. I spied one in the local charity shop for £2.50 and immediately knew what I wanted to do with it.

After sitting in my office for months, waiting for me to get my arse in gear, my original plan went into action right out of the window!

The upcycling urge hit me so suddenly, I even forgot to take a before picture.


But it looked something like this.

Ceramic urn with flower detail

Only without the handles.

With a simple paint effect, a dated ceramic urn has been transformed into a modern metal marvel!

Sorry. I do like a bit of alliteration 😉

How to transform practically anything with a simple faux metal paint effect.

Seriously, though. What a difference a little paint makes. If you didn’t know any better, you really would think it was galvanised metal.

Great, huh?

What I used:


How to transform absolutely anything with a simple faux metal paint effect.

  • I chose a ceramic urn for this upcycling project, but you can apply this technique to practically anything. Think candlesticks, storage jars, an old tray… the possibilities are endless!
  • Black spray paint – I used gloss, because that’s what I had to hand, but you could also use a matt finish
  • Silver metallic acrylic paint
  • Sponge

How to apply a faux metal paint effect

  • Spray paint your piece in black
  • Once the spray paint is dry, sponge on the silver paint using very, VERY light dabbing motions. If you’re heavy-handed like me, you might want to blot off the excess paint on a piece of paper or kitchen roll. You’ll want to use the bare minimum of silver paint so that the black still shows through.
  • Keep dabbing on the silver paint until the piece is covered and you’re happy with the effect


Top Tip:

If you overdo it with the silver, simply grab some black acrylic (or even emulsion if you have some lying around) and go back over the areas.

With this particular technique, you’re aiming for a tarnished, almost galvanised metal effect, but why not experiment? Try using more silver and less black and see how that turns out – I’m thinking pewter, or aged silver!

Just go for it! It’s SO simple and uses very few supplies.

What was once a piece of unloved bric-a-brac is now the perfect addition to our burgeoning Victorian Gothic dining room.

How to transform practically anything with a simple faux metal paint effect.

Oh! And that fancy looking, decorated ball in the urn? The one that looks like it came straight out of Hever Castle?

Another charity shop find.

I know!

So what do you think? Reckon you might try this simple paint effect? Drop a comment below to let me know! As always, I’d love to see what you do with it.

Why not share your creation on the Facebook Page? Come on over and join in the chat.

A hui hou,

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How to transform practically anything with a simple faux metal paint effect.

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