Turning new casters into looking old & rusty

Disclosure: Remember all opinions I share about the products in my post are 100% my own with complete honesty.The post contains links to Modern Masters, but I was NOT compensated nor was I given products to write this post.  I just so happen to have fallen in love with a fantastic product that I want to share with you!! 

I talk all the time about my love of old, rusty & a nice patina.  I can't always find what I am looking for to complete a project I am working on.  So I need to create it for myself.

Lucky (and blessed as I am) I know of a fantastic company called Modern Masters.  Yup..if you follow along with me on my blog or FaceBook page, you see me drop that name often.   There's no denying my love affair I have for all things Modern Masters.  The company & those behind that company are by far some of the best folks around (nope wasn't paid to say that...I just like good people & to surround myself with them)!!

Ok so moving on.  I have been working on a trunk makeover for a very special little girl, and in keeping with the design I needed rusty old casters.

A little sneak peek at what I am working on....I even used the Modern Masters to take a new leather strap & make it look old & worn.  Lots more to come on the blog about this trunk...there's a beautiful story to follow!


I didn't have said casters, but I knew I could get the look I wanted by using the Modern Masters Metal Effects Rust Activator.

I purchased these casters brand new at Home Depot.


And, turned them into this....


Yummy gorgeous rusty and crusty casters that look as though they are hundreds of years old!  Be still my heart!


How'd I do this...  First thing I did was clean them good with some simple green.  I used a small artist brush (flat) and a small foam brush.  I used the primer and gave it 2 light coats.  It dried really quick so by the time I was done with the last caster the first one was ready for the second coat.

Using the bronze oxidizing paint & the primer... I mixed a little of the primer in with some of the bronze oxidizing paint on a paper plate because I knew I wanted lots of rust.

I then worked with one caster at a time.  Painting on my mixture with the flat artist brush over the entire caster, and then I sprayed the rust activator over the entire caster.  I did this for each caster.

I let them dry for about 15 minutes (I cheated & used my hair dryer to speed up the drying time because I am impatient).  I then found areas I wanted to see a little additional rust & spots I missed and dabbed some of the mixture on and sprayed with the activator again.

That was it!! So very easy to achieve such an amazing look!


I've had a ton of people ask me where they can buy Modern Masters.  I always order mine, usually through Amazon using my Prime (did you see up above..I'm impatient :)).  But, you can look on the Modern Masters website to see if there is a retailer near you.


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