Home » Blog » Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor

Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek

Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor

Today’s project is all about creating unique wall decor for your home. It was sunny and beautiful up here in the Northeast these past few days which allowed me to take some time to wonder around our property for awhile with the kids. They love to explore the woods and stomp around down by the creek.  A couple of weeks ago, on a walk just like this one, I happened to find this old piece of roofing tin that my husband used to cover our firewood piles to keep them dry. Turns out is was just the piece I needed to create a Fixer Upper inspired metal wall decor.


Rusty Tin Roofing - Life on Kaydeross Creek


The patina on it caught my eye right away. The orange and blue combination is so pretty and the chip-y, peel-y just makes my heart happy.  I thought, there’s got to be something I can do with that. So I called Hubby over to take a look and we decided to cut a piece and see what we could come up with…


Tin Roofing Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Once it was cut I could see that I wanted to frame it. We tossed around some ideas on what to frame it with including some reclaimed wood we had but there was no really easy way to attach it. Then I remembered I had this old tongue and groove flooring which would be perfect because we could use the groove to hold the tin in place. I had used this wood before for a sign I made for the dining room and for one in the hot cocoa bar . The patina is so unique on that too.


Metal Art Pieces - Life on Kaydeross Creek


So Hubby cut the flooring pieces into a frame, mitering the corners and then he slid the metal into the groove to make sure it fit.


Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Then it was time put it all together. He used wood glue in the grooves and slid the metal piece into place.


Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Then he screwed “L” brackets on the corners on the back side to hold the pieces of wood together.


Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek



Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek


The colors of the “frame” turned out to be too much for the variation in color of the metal so I sanded it down using a palm sander. It made it more uniform all the way around.  I wanted it to be just a bit darker but didn’t want to use stain or clear poly so I tried mineral oil. It worked great to bring out the color of the wood and darken it just enough. I’ll have to do it again here and there but overall I really like the look.

Wall Decor Frame before oil - Life on Kaydeross Creek


Frame - Life on Kaydeross Creek



I think this wall decor project came out pretty cool especially since it was FREE! Well, I guess it did cost $2.50 for the “L” brackets. 🙂


Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor Project - Life on Kaydeross Creek



Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor - Life on Kaydeross Creek





Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor with a beautiful orange Patina - Life on Kaydeross Creek



Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor - White contrast - Life on Kaydeross Creek




Fixer Upper Inspired Metal Wall Decor. Unique Wall Decor from Life on Kaydeross Creek

Shop My Home

I love the way the white of the cotton branches stands out against the orange and blue patina. You can find some of these on amazon here. (affiliate link provided for your convenience, see disclosure here) Do you have a project you’ve made with found materials or something left over from another project? Maybe you’re thinking of something you can use right now?




If you like Farmhouse and Fixer Upper, check out these other wall decor projects.


Linking up to: Sundays At Home – My Soulful Home  Inspiration Monday   Motivation Monday Dwellings The Heart Of Your Home    Making it in The Mountains – The Creative Galler Tutorials & Tips Linky Party    Inspire Me Tuesday   Totally Terrific Tuesday   Create & Share DIY   Dream Create Inspire Wow Us Wendesdays       DYI BY DESIGN   Fluster Creative Muster  Moonlight & Mason Jars  Pin Worthy Wednesday




    • Colleen says:

      Hi Linda, I picked those up at Michael’s last fall. You can also get them on line at AmericanFarmhouse.com.

  1. Susan Sosbe says:

    I love this…and now I’m going to have to pick up some mineral oil because, like with the frame, there are times I want to enhance the natural beauty of wood without using stain. The whole thing came together beautifully, and I love your vision of what it could become.

  2. Colleen if you would have told me 2 years ago that that was art I would have laughed at you. But since starting a blog I’ve been getting quite an education. I have learned to appreciate the beauty in all things, especially the old and cast aside. Your wall decor is beautiful and the patina makes it all the more so. It’s the first time I’ve been to your blog and I find so much to look at and admire. I will be pinning this lovely piece. I am hosting a new link party with friends and would be honored to have you join us at Sweet Inspiration. It runs Friday to Tuesday..

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Shirley! I can’t seem to look at any wood, metal or thrift store stuff anymore and not think “what can I do with that”!

  3. Tania says:

    Very cool! I have an old piece of similar metal but it’s green. I’ve been saving it for something but I never thought of just framing a piece, great idea!


  4. emma says:

    So ingenious!!! Well, have the pieces of tin, now to figure a way to cut them.{no Hubby} And have an old weathered look picture frame, about 20×24 that will make this project perfect, over my redo breakfast room brick wall..Thank you for the inspiration and MERRRRRRRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Emma! Depending on how thick it is, you can try using tin snips. Thanks so much for stopping by and Merry Christmas to you, too!!!

      • Adrienne says:

        I loved it so much that my husband is now in the process of making me one. We saw a huge one at a recent fall festival but they wanted $120. Hubby said “I can do that for you so cheap!” He’s found a few good panels so far and I’m so excited!

  5. Adrienne says:

    I had to come back and respond about my progress on getting my wall decor completed. We decided it was too time-consuming to acquire one panel at a time, and instead began looking at local estate sales that were advertising that they were selling parts of their old roofing for artists, etc. We got a great old piece large enough to frame for the large stairway and we only paid $30!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *