Pressed tin by itself is gorgeous for sure, but who isn’t tempted to paint it? Just to see all those grooves, nooks and crannies stand out. I know. The pressed tin purists would not agree.
I came across some pumpkin baking tins last fall while thrifting. They were the right price, so I bought them. One is a muffin tin, the other more of a cookie tin. I’m not even sure they had ever been used. Which worked out well because I didn’t have to go crazy degreasing them before I decided to paint them…against all pressed tin purist advice, of course.
Distress painted pumpkin baking tins
I did give them a good soak and scrub with dish soap.
Next, I spray painted them orange and let that dry. Then I painted them with off-white.
Then I used #100 grit sand paper and gave them a distressed look.
Which also happened to bring out all of the pumpkiny details.
Both cute and slight scary. Invasion of the pumpkin clowns come to mind for anyone else??
Painting them with layers of chalk paint would have worked, as well.
Soap distressing could be another way to get a chippy look with tins like these.
If I did a project like this again, I would have used a pretty aqua color for the base. Or something other than orange. Just for contrast. Since fall decor can tend to be so abundantly orange.
The cupcake tin ended up having a faux enamelware look. Don’t you think?
However, I got a little too chippy, choppy with the distressing on the cookie tin, in my opinion.
But all in all I think these painted pumpkin tins turned out pretty cute. I was thinking they would add texture to a table or a mantel. Or make for an interesting candy dish, candle holder, a wreath for the door…?