Dec 172013

Winter has most definitely arrived in Toronto!  It has been very cold this month and this past week, the snow has been accumulating.  Very pretty when you are inside.  Not so nice if you need to drive.

View from my office... -7°C or -19°F and snowing

View from my office… -7’C or -19’F and snowing

The cold temperatures are also not so nice if you have something large you want to spray paint as was my situation this past weekend. 

Since the summer, I have been helping a friend spruce up her cozy downtown apartment.  In July, we up-cycled a old dining table and chairs with paint and upholstery and painted her dining / living room walls  brighter colours.  Here are links to “before and after”  pictures of the dining table and chairs and two side chairs.

To make her room look larger, I suggested she add a big mirror over her buffet / server.  With my near addiction to estate sales,  I was able to find her a nice  large mirror for a great price.  It was a perfect size but it was very gold and didn’t suit the new look.

Pretty but very ornate and very gold.

Pretty but very ornate and very gold.

She asked me to paint it silver.

The mirror frame is wood and normally I would spray the frame with one of the many great metallic spray paints out there.  However, I don’t have an indoor space to paint something as large  as this mirror.  I wanted her to have it done for the holidays. .  So I hopped over to Home Depot to check out metallic paints in a can.   I didn’t need much and  I’ve seen a few blog posts where people have used rust / metal paint.  I opted for Tremclad Rust Paint by Rustoleum.  What did I have to lose and the price was sure right at $7.00! 

Rust Paint in Aluminum

Rust Paint in Aluminum  237 ml or 8 oz


I don’t know if this is normal or if it had been on the shelf for a long time but it needed a lot of stirring.  All the metallic gunk was in a big blob at the bottom.  I probably had to work breaking it down and mixing it for 15 minutes or more. 

This paint is oil based so I used a small sponge brush I could throw away after.  It took only one coat to cover and about 20 minutes to finish.  This paint is more watery than latex but adhered and leveled nicely. There were no brush marks; it was a smooth and perfect finish!   Basically, as good as if it had been sprayed.  Maybe better as there were no drippy runs because I could catch them as I went along.   Best of all, this is a tiny 8 oz. can and I used about 1/4 of it, if that.  The result was wonderful!

One coat was all that was needed!

One coat was all that was needed!

I admit, I liked the mix of the black and gold of the original finish and would have liked to do the same with black and silver.  But as you see, the detail in the mirror creates shadows which bring out the design. 

Regardless, my friend was so thrilled when she picked it up.  She can’t wait to show off her apartment’s new look when her Christmas guests arrive.


(NOTE:  I am NOT being sponsored by Rustoleum, I am just sharing my experience.)

Based on this experience, I think I will opt to use a brush and canned paint more often.
Spray paint is great but there are some drawbacks:

  1. Fumes and spray particles in the air
  2. Waste from the over spray
  3. Price:  a spray can of the same stuff may be similar in price but the waste makes it more expensive.
  4. Cannot use spray outdoors in cold weather


What’s been your experiences with metallic paints?

Love to hear from you! 


  13 Responses to “Metallic Paint: Brush or Spray?”

  1. Hi Joan, I saw this at Too Cute Tuesday. I’ve been going crazy with chrome spray paint lately but I have yet to try a metallic paint in a can. In fact, I didn’t even know it came that way! I will have to look for some of this on my next trip to the hardware store so I can try it, defiantly a money saver for sure. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  2. That paint looks really good! The mirror turned out fabulous! I’ll have to remember this option when I’m not in the mood to work with spray paint. Thanks for the tip!

  3. So pretty in silver. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  4. What a beautiful silver! I’m featuring your mirror in the PoPP Spotlight this week.

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  8. Love the silver look! Great job! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  9. Love, love, love how the mirror!!

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