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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Some Rust Required

Give me something old and rusty any day above something shiny and new. When we were renovating our home a few years ago, I was a constant source of amusement to our builders. They installed a shiny metal balustrade of which they were very proud, and were horrified when the artisan arrived to apply his special technique to make it look rusted, weathered and worn.

 Nearer the end of the project, after looking around for a long time for a suitably aged and weathered surround for our letterbox, I resorted to buying  a new one. My builders, now used to my quirks, suggested I leave it in the swimming pool for a couple of weeks to get the desired look!

The patina of a rusty surface, has so much more character, i.m.h.o., than a shiny new one. 

I am particularly fond of rusted bits and pieces in the garden. They look perfect against a green backdrop.

Touches of rust inside the home also add interest and warmth.

So are you shiny and new, or old and rusty like me?

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: 1. Casa Decorada, 2. Roses and Rust, 3. Veranda, 4. Pinterest, 5. Moonlight Rainbow Tumblr, 6. Pinterest, 7. gardenworldimages. com, 8 & 9. Tumblr 10. Dying of Cute, 11. This Ivy House 12 & 13 Pinterest, 14. Rustic Crafts Chic Decor, 15. Pinterest, 16. The Bella Cottage, 17. Rustic Meets Vintage 18. 19. Etsy, 20. Source Unknown 21 & 22. Tumblr, 23 & 24. Casa Decorada 25 & 26. Tumblr, 27. Pinterest, 28. Simple Everyday Glamour


  1. Hi Sharon! I agree, allowing for the patina to show brings warmth and depth to a space. Your gate is stunning and took a lot of guts to do that technique. I can just imagine the blacksmith dying! Have a wonderful week:)xob

  2. I couldn't agree with you more Sharon!! Give me old and worn over new and shiny any day!

  3. I am so old and rusty like you Sharon and I love all the images! I'm like you and can't wait to take the new shine off of things.

    Enjoy your week!

  4. Aw, I love the rusty patina too! My husband thinks old things are junk. Luckily he lets me do what I want around the house. :)

  5. I to love all things rusty. Always looks so great.

  6. Rustic pieces adds a lot of warmth
    and character to a space... love your images.

  7. Love the rusty and weathered patina! The pics are just gorgeous!

  8. Lindos esse estilo, enferrujado. Adorei, vou deixar uma peças assim.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

  9. Love a little rust to....great post, but you always have great ones! I always look forward to your new posts.

  10. Sharon,
    I agree, love rust. I am currently trying my best to rust a very cheap silver champagne bucket. I wish I knew the best method, so far nothing toxic has worked very well, it must have a very protective sealant on it.
    Lovely images.

  11. Totally addicted to rusty patina, everything in my country house is like this ;-)
    xo xo AnnaP

  12. Sharon, I'm in TOTAL agreement...and you have compiled a fabulous group of pics to make your point. Hugs to you. Mona

  13. I agree !!! It's so beautifull ...
    Magnifiques photos ...
    Bon week-end

  14. Magnificent and very unique, rusted objects made adorable by creativity and innovation. Seldom I see rusted objects being paired with beautiful and pretty objects such as flowers or gems. Yours is truly an inspiration.