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Metallic Paint Lovers This Project Is For You

I know a lot of you guys are metallic paint lovers. Well, there’s a new metallic paint in town and it’s a doozy. It sure prettied up my thrift store tray.

Be your own kind of beautiful stencil from FolkArt paint color is brushed copper

Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

thrift store tray

I bought this tray for 99 cents at the local thrift store. I don’t even know what to say about it. Anyone?

FolkArt Coastal Texture Paint color Ocean

I cleaned the tray and applied a coat of FolkArt Coastal Texture Paint in Ocean. Looks better already.

distressing FolkArt Coastal Texture Paint

Once the paint was dry I distressed the tray all over using 100 grit flexible sandpaper.

FolkArt stencil

I went through my stencil stash and found a pretty stencil from FolkArt. Perfect for the granddaughter’s bedroom.

FolkArt stencil project

In order to lay the stencil flat I had to cut it up. Not the first stencil I cut up and won’t be the last.

FolkArt Brushed Metal Acrylic Paint

FolkArt Brushed Metal Acrylic Paints

The new FolkArt Brushed Metal™ Acrylic Paint comes in 10 gorgeous colors. I wasn’t sure what colors would look prettiest with the Ocean blue so I just took a photo of them all.

FolkArt Brushed Metal Paints in Brushed Gold and Brushed Copper and Brushed Pearl Gold

Okay, I’m going with Brushed Gold, Brushed Copper, and Brushed Pearl Gold. The cool thing about the brushed metal is the soft matte finish.

stencil project

I grabbed a small stencil brush, dipped it in the copper color, dabbed most of the paint off on a paper towel, then started pouncing and dabbing.

stencil a painted tray

My original plan was to add the flower and dot details below the stenciled phrase only. Once I got started stenciling I couldn’t stop. Now there are Brushed Pearl Gold flowers all over the tray…and the sides.

brushed pearl gold from FolkArt

Still not enough. I dabbed the Brushed Pearl Gold along the top edges of the tray. Then I forced myself to put the brush down.

sawtooth hanger and wall protectors

A saw tooth hanger and wall protectors were the finishing touch.

Metallic Paint Lovers This Project Is For You project by Petticoat Junktion

The tray is hanging in the granddaughters bedroom. The stenciled phrase is perfect.

Be your own kind of beautiful stencil from FolkArt paint color is brushed copper

You guys know I usually use two or three colors on a stencil to give it depth. The copper color I used on the phrase was so pretty I hesitated about adding another color to the mix and I’m glad I did.

Brushed Copper FolkArt Metallic Paint project 1


I love the soft matte finish of the brushed metals. The paint can be used indoors and outdoors. For bigger projects there is a 4 oz. size. I’m thinking of painting our mail box brushed copper. You guys know I’ve been talking about painting the mail box for a year now. That’s it for me, thanks for being here, Kathy

Disclosure: I partnered with Plaid Crafts to bring you this project. All words, project ideas and photographs are 100% my own.

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Great colors and makeover! I love how bright it is! Pinned & sharing on G+ Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Have a great week!

  2. Oh how I hate the necessary evil of cutting my stencils………but for the sake of creativity, it must be done! :o)

    LOVE the metal paints on the leaves! Off to find some leaves to paint. I already have my arsenal of metallic (and glitter) paints! ;o)

  3. Kathy this tray is gorgeous!! Love love love it! (And yeah, the “before” version — what could you say? LOL)

  4. I know Fonda and there is a lot more to come! Thank you for always being here 🙂

  5. this comes at such the right time,i purchased a decorative birdcage at the thrift store; it needs a new copper roof! thanks for the info:)

  6. Oh the power of paint!! Can’t wait to get my hands on the copper –visions of autumn crafting running through my head. Know that you bring so much to me and that good energy and prayers are sent your way for you and yours.