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From Gray to Zinc ~ A Desk Update

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Hi Friends ~  Today I’ve got a desk update to share with you guys.  Last summer I spray painted my desk ~ that use to be a coffee table ~ a lovely medium gray.  But it just never worked for me.  Every time I used it I just didn’t love it…. so I finally did something about it.  I gave it a zinc makeover.

How to create a zinc finish with acrylic paint!

Have you noticed how hot zinc is lately?

Here’s what the desk looked like prior to the treatment.

How to create a zinc finish with acrylic paint!

I squirted some metallic acrylic paint, pearlizing medium and and clear medium into a plastic cup and mixed it up..  I’d say approximately 5 parts metallic, 1 part pearlizing and 1 part clear medium.

How to create a zinc finish with acrylic paint!

I brushed it on with a foam brush ~ which worked great to get into all the nooks and crannies.

How to create a zinc finish with acrylic paint!

I love how it turned out.  The layers of colors and the shimmer gives the desk a depth and and richness that I was looking for.

How to create a zinc finish with acrylic paint!

Best part was it took last than 10 minutes to paint ~ LOVE a quick update!

How to create a zinc finish with acrylic paint!

Thanks for stopping by friends!

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21 Comments

  1. Hey Maryann! I love what you did and how it turned out! I’m trying to do the same but I’m not getting enough contrast in the paint! Did you use a silver metallic or a black metallic?

  2. I think I’ve finally found the inspiration for a redo desk I’ve been slowly working on for awhile now. I wondered what you thought about adding a clear glaze to the mix instead of the other Clear Medium? Would it be too thin perhaps?
    Love seeing your projects! Thanks!

  3. The grey was pretty, but now it’s GORGEOUS!! I’m totally going to try some mixing up! I have used my acrylic tole paints to tint my glazes but this is just another great level! Thanks for sharing!!
    Hugs, Theresa

  4. This turned out great! I too have been using metallic paint speciality finishes and love the out come! You said you added a medium to the paint. I haven’t done this is there a reason for the medium? I use the Martha Stewart brand from Home Depot…

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