Who followed along during last weeks #projectsaturday on InstaStories!? We had a hodge-podge of projects going on as we are getting into the last few projects on The Barn. If you’re new, The Barn is a room off of our garage that we will use as a fun entertainment area. It started off as an unfinished woodworking shop which didn’t get much use. Check out all of the progress we’ve made so far on The Barn, I created a Mood Board for inspiration, we settled on a project outline and made a shopping list, then we framed a closet, and converted a window into a door. Today, I’m starting a three-part series on building the bar, how to make antiqued tin.
Sticking with the rustic theme of this room, we wanted a unique bar. Since the walls would be dark, we have selected Sherwin Williams Olympic Range for the wall color, I wanted a lighter toned bar to contrast. Chris loves this antique tin that lines the walls of a local bbq joint, so he asked me to recreate this look. It’s surprising how easy it was to give a new sheet of tin a warn distressed look.
How to Antique Tin
Antiquing is a term often used when someone distresses a new item to give it the appearance of a 100+-year-old item. For our tin, we will be adding in some discoloration, remove the new glossy shine and give it some rust areas. Our finished result is a patina that looks like it’s weathered for years. Here is a step by step on creating antiqued tin.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1 | Start with Safety!
Rubber Gloves are a must with this project. Consider this my word of warning. I was using rubber gloves myself and managed to get some of the cleaner on my skin that gave me a chemical burn. If this is something that is going to rapidly age metal, then yeah, it’s potent stuff! Remember we are creating antiqued tin, a process of weather metal that usually takes years.
2 | Apply the Toilet Cleaner
I used the steel wool to apply the toilet bowl cleaner all over the surface of the tin. I picked spots to really scrub, making sure it produced a foam and didn’t all collect in the grooves of the tin.
3 | Wait it Out
Once you’ve got the tin coated with the toilet bowl cleaner, let it sit. This part will vary depending on your location. I was working on a really hot day (the upper 90s) which accelerated the chemical. I let the tin sit anywhere from 30-45 minutes. The longer it sits, the more antiqued the tin will look.
4 | Rinse + Repeat
After letting the cleaner sit, I rinsed it completely off with a water hose. Honestly, it left a real sudds-ey look. Not exactly the warn and weathered look I was going for. So I scrubbed it down with a clean piece of steel wool and repeated the steps.
5 | Rust Optional
When you find a piece of old tin, I love the little chunks of rust that appear. To get your own rusting in just a few hours, leave a few pieces of torn steel wool in random spots once you’ve applied the toilet bowl cleaner. I found that doing this step during the first round and then going back over it with the cleaner for a second round really brought out some rusting and gave the antiqued tin a nice distressed look.
Here is the finished product. I love how distressed this piece turned out. We plan to line the bar with the tin and frame it out with a yellowed pine. I seriously can not wait to reveal more of the bar with you guys next week.
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