This was an old rusty birdcage that my mother in law gave me that was used in my sister in law's wedding a few years ago as a centerpiece. Of course it wasn't rusty at the time of the wedding. It was a beautiful centerpiece and I think a very creative idea! But I think it sat outside the past few years which caused some rust and erosion, which actually helped the paint stick easier. I poly'd it after the paint was dry. A quick and fun little project.