How I Created a Faux Zinc Finish

Does it ever take way longer for anyone else to accomplish things?  It does for me like ALL THE TIME.

image I painted this in one of my favorite colors, Young Kansas Wheat the day I got it but it just didn’t do anything for me.  It was too plane Jane for my liking.  It needed something, a French Label, a stencil, dry brushing, layering ~ something.

I pondered ideas while I waited for a light bulb to go off…


Finally it hit me ~ I’d try a faux zinc finish to resemble those pieces in Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.

I’ve seen a lot of different versions for this but two of my favorites were created by Jami at Freckled Laundry and Kelli from Restore Interiors.

This is the zinc finish that Jami from Freckled Laundry created
I know!  It ROCKS!
Stop by Freckled Laundry and Jami’s amazing transformation!
Jami created the neatest finish on her night stand which I like even better than the expensive inspiration piece!

The other super cool vintage faux zinc table that I thought would be appropriate for my table top was inspired by Kelli from Restore Interiors.

L O V E   IT   K E L L I  !
Kelli is amazing both inside and out and her talent ~ wow… stop by Restore Interiors and check it out!
So, with inspiration at my fingertips, I proceeded with my experiment.
I painted the table top with CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate.
Gave it a thin wash with Dover White
Then sealed it with CeCe Caldwell’s Clear Wax (I didn’t have any gilding was) so I mixed the clear with a plop of metallic silver paint, some Dover White, a splash of low odor Mineral Spirits and water.
So far, so good.  I spritzed it with water
Lots and lots of water, until it was completely soaked!
When I came back the next morning, this is what I found
Isn’t this cool?  I loved it but thought I should add one more layer, ya know… for a little more dimension.
I messed it up!
I had a really cool finish and I messed it up!
I just couldn’t leave well enough alone.
I’m so mad at myself.
I farted around with it some more to make it look more like a weathered / lime wash look, but gave up on the faux zinc for this one.  No worries though ~ I will to zinc again, soon!

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12 Replies to “How I Created a Faux Zinc Finish”

  1. Hysterically laughing here Shelly..I can so relate. Actually both finishes looked good! I bet you are dying to try it again.
    I will send you my phone # so you can call me when you come down.

  2. I love both finishes, but I totally get it. You just know when something don’t feel right and you will keep trying till you get that aha moment. When I tried the crackle effect on my coffee table I made several retries (ugh… painful). Im still not totally happy with it, but like you I take forever to get something done and inbetween I move onto other things…lol.

    Good luck with your 3rd attempt!


  3. Hi Shelly. Yes, I do the same thing! and also yes, it takes me forever as well! Hey, you can’t rush art! LMAO
    Love the table. Ima gonna jump on this zinc wagon (usually I’m the last to try any trend) as soon as a suitable piece comes along! Love it!

  4. Stop messing around and just stop when you get to a good point. Wait, I am talking to myself again. It looks way cool just as it is. I am loving that fake zinc top too. Trying that Freckled laundry one!

  5. It may not have turned out the way you wanted it, but it still looks wonderful! By the way, the messages you are leaving on my blog posts aren’t showing up in my email anymore, and I don’t know why! I check my junk box and they didn’t go there either – they are lost somewhere in the email ozone.

  6. I love this! I am in the process of redoing my coffee table and going to try this. I have never done anything like this before so I am a little nervous. I have some general questions for you if you don’t mind. First of all I live in Alaska so I was wondering if there are any other paints that would do the same thing that I could actually get my hands on. I looked up this Ce Ce stuff and it is all very difficult to get. Did you seal the piece with anything? Is a polyurethane recommended for a coffee table or is the wax you talk about a good enough sealer for a coffee table? Maybe the polyurethane would ruin the zinc finish?? I have no idea any additional info would be great! Thank you!

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