Add Your Project

  • Home
  • Projects
  • Crafts & Decor
  • [#<Breadcrumb:0x00007f5a514e1fd0 @title="Home", @path="/nation">, #<Breadcrumb:0x00007f5a514e1e90 @title="Projects", @path="/nation/projects">, #<Breadcrumb:0x00007f5a5144f298 @title="Crafts & Decor", @path="/nation/projects/category/crafts-decor">]

Rusted Wall Panels - TV Niche

  • January 15, 2014


I wanted a way to punch up our boring beige TV niche in our living. I wanted something more than just paint. So, I set out to design something with an industrial Steampunk look and feel. I decided on rusted overlapping riveted panels of sheet metal.

I started with seven 3’ x 4’ sheets of thin cage metal. I laid the sheets out on a layer of plastic and sprayed them generously muriatic acid. It’s this acid that causes the sheets to rust. I then hung the panel up to allow the acid to dry. The rusting effect took several days to get to build up a patina that I was happy with.

Once the panels had the patina, I used an air spray gun to coat the panels with a high gloss oil based polyurethane. I applied three coats of the polyurethane, allowing for each to coat to dry before applying the next.

I didn’t want to damage the wall with all the little screws that I was going to be using, so I applied a layer of ¼” plywood to the wall before attaching the metal panels.

Because the panels were designed to be overlapped, the project required very little cuts. I tacked up the panels using a small nails. Once the panels were all tacked up I then went around each panel with a line of self tapping screws. I used screws to mimic the look of rivets.

I’m very happy with the end result. The next phase of this project is to build a floating media cabinet that will compliment the look of the wall.

Show More

Comments (3)

  • That looks pretty cool. I love that look.

    By KaHuNaZ

  • Thank you both for the comments.

    By Riewski

Members Also Viewed

back to top?

Asset 1

Join RYOBI Nation

We're so glad you're here! Let's get started.


Let's build your project feed!

Select some categories to pick the kinds of projects that show up on your home page:

Welcome to Nation

welcome_r2 graphic
Welcome to your RYOBI Nation quick start guide, a fast and easy way to see everything that's waiting for you!
project_feed_r1 graphic
Your feed shows the latest projects from the categories you’ve selected, right on your homepage!
upload_r2 graphic
Are you working on something awesome? Upload your DIY projects today, and share with other members.
contests_r2 graphic
We award monthly and annual prizes for the best projects, worth up to $2500 in RYOBI tools! That’s a lot of hardware, and it could all be yours.
connect_r2 graphic
RYOBI Nation is a positive connection between people who are creating great things.
You can follow fellow members, like their projects, and comment to let them know they’re doing a great job.
notifications_r1 graphic
Come back to RYOBI Nation often to see what is new and to stay in touch.
If you're on a mobile device, don't forget you can add RYOBI Nation to your home screen for quick access to your project feed.