One of our favorite things to do is to keep old cabinet doors out of landfill! Just think about everyone you know who has done a kitchen or bathroom remodel. What did they do with their old cabinets? Did their contractor take them away and haul them off to the dump? Where do old cabinets go when they die?
I've got a better idea.
Here's a white cabinet door, and some white wooden letters from a craft store. In about 10 minutes, I dry-brushed the cabinet door with some General Finishes Milk Paint and Van Dyke Brown glaze, until it looked like driftwood.
Then I took the wooden letters and painted them in GF Queenstown Grey (milk paint). It sticks really well to the white coating on the letters. Once they dried, I watered down some GF Seagull Grey (milk Paint) and washed over the dark grey and wiped back. Then to get the spotted look of tin, I splashed a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the letters to get the light grey wash to separate.
Once all the paint dried (in about 30 minutes), I scraped some Modern Masters Metal Effects iron paint on the letters. Once it dried, I painted some rust patina on it (also Modern Masters Metal Effects). The next day, it looked rusty!
In the meantime, I found some random knobs (all shiny silver) that needed some character. So with Metal Effects copper and iron paints, some blue patina and rust patina, I transformed them as well.
Put them all together...