For The Love Of Zinc and Dining Room Chairs

I LOVE zinc....yes, really LOVE zinc.  The color variations, the almost "dusty" feel and the industrial nature.  Simply LOVE it!



Zinc tabletops, old minnow buckets, washtubs....you name it...I LOVE it!

So I got to thinking the other day as I was trying to put some priority to my prop projects and there were two standard dining room chairs that I have had on the top shelf for quite some time.  I didn't want to do the standard "cover and staple" seat recover technique and did a little research on our home improvement's website.  This is one of the large Big Box home improvement stores so I am sure any of them would carry the delightful product I found....

Rustoleum Cold Galvanizing Compound!!

It comes in a spray and the label said it was 98% zinc so I thought..."Let's Paint The Wood Dining Room Chairs in ZINC!  

Now I have seen some beautiful faux zinc finishes online and when I have tried them, they look more like a bad sponge painting technique and nothing like zinc.

So, here was my plan: 

1.  Spray the chairs with the Rustoleum Cold Galvanzing Compound
2.  Add a metallic "gunmetal wash"
3.  Hope for the best...

And this is the result!


I am really thrilled with the finish and found two old grain sacks that I intend to not only upholster the seats but the backs as well.  The chair backs have a formal wood detail that just doesn't go with the zinc/utilitarian feel.

I am intending to have these completed before the holidays so that I can use them as props for a January "Nordic-chill" feel shoot I am planning.  I will be sure to share the final results and look forward to your comments and suggestions!

Wishing you a wonderful day!

JoanMarie