Why can't new things have the same charm as objects beautified by time and history? :(
If it isn't old and rustic, we can at least make them Look that way, right?
Let's take rust. There are many tutorials out there for creating faux rust. Some suggest combining about 3 colours of paint using sponges, there are also (toxic) metallic paints and rust activators.
If you're like me, you prefer one-step non-toxic DIY.
FOR EASY DIY RUST:
Scrape some rust off old objects and collect it in a jar for when you need instant rust, then simply apply it with craft glue. (PS: If you're going to do this, please wear a mask to avoid inhaling fine corrosive elements).
Or you can try our Rust Paste ~ one paste, one step and works perfectly over chalkpainted metal and iron. (even plastic)