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Custom Faux Metal Floating Shelves

Elegant Finish™

Custom Faux Metal Floating Shelves
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Custom Faux Metal Floating Shelves

designed by Regina Davis

Turn plain wooden floating shelves into modern designer-look room accents.

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Americana Decor® Chalky Finish™ Paint

  • Relic (ADC28)

Americana® Acrylics

  • Burnt Sienna (DAO63)
  • Burnt Umber (DAO64)
  • Slate Grey (DAO68)

Elegant Finish™

  • Shimmering Silver (DAO70)

Other supplies

  • water container
  • palette or plastic plate
  • paper towels
  • sandpaper
  • tape measure
  • 2" chip brush
  • 2" foam brush
  • drill and small drill bit
  • screws
  • level
  • wooden shelves (or build from plans provided)


NOTE: Let dry completely between painting steps.

  1. Build shelves with provided instructions or purchase wooden floating shelves and clean thoroughly. Be certain the shelves do not have any rough edges; sand if needed.
  2. Using a 2" chip brush, paint all surfaces in Relic.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Mix Slate Grey with some water to form a very thin wash. Brush onto the shelf surface and let sit for a few seconds. Using a circular motion, remove the moisture from the paint using a paper towel.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Using a circular motion, evenly apply Shimmering Silver with a foam brush.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Using a dry-brush technique, apply a small amount of "rust" by first applying Burnt Sienna and then Burnt Umber.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Calm the rust tones with a faint layer of Shimmering Silver over the vivid rust spots using the same technique with a foam brush.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Make a wash using Relic. Dip the foam brush into it and wring out most of the moisture. Paint on a small amount in a circular motion. Quickly brush off the excess moisture with a paper towel.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Go back around the edges and accentuate the "rust" by adding a little bit of Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber. (Use a dry-brush technique.)
    Step 7 Example
  9. Measure and hang the shelves using a level, pencil, tape measure, and drill gun. (This is according to the provided shelf construction plans. If using purchased shelves, hang according to packaging instructions.)
    Step 8 Example
  10. Position each shelf onto the wall frames. Insert screws into the predrilled holes on the top of each shelf.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Using screws and the predrilled holes, attach the bottom plywood covers.
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