Today, I’m sharing my first attempt at painting patina. My practice-piece was this waterfall dresser, but this technique can be used on any wood, metal, glass, ceramic, plastic etc. Last week, Do from Do Dodson Designs warned me this technique is addictive. After trying it, I totally agree. So, now I’m passing this warning on to you my friend. This process is fun and fascinating! Try it once and you might just find yourself rummaging through your home looking for anything and everything you can patina. 🙂
Here’s the waterfall dresser I picked up at my neighbor’s estate sale a few weeks ago.
I chose this dresser to ‘practice on’ for two reasons.
- The rust on the vintage hardware was inspirational. My goal was to match the rustic finish.
- I have mixed feelings about waterfall furniture so if it didn’t turn out like I wanted, no biggie.
In my experience, it’s always a little easier to experiment with pieces that you’re not attached too.
That said, I couldn’t be happier with how this dresser turned out. The rust patina against the vibrant green adds contrast and character… and really ties in nicely with vintage hardware! What do you think?
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HOW TO PAINT PATINA::
I’m sharing the technique I used to create the patina. But if you’re interested in the layered paint technique I used to paint the base of this piece, you can see it here. The only differences are the colors and the more prominent brush strokes I used… because I wanted a more rustic look.
The paint I used to achieve the look is Annie Sloan’s Amsterdam Green, DB Caviar and Kudzo. Depending on the look your after, any paint brand and/or combo of colors you like will work with this finish.
Step #1 – Mixing the Product
After my piece was all painted and 100% dry, I used iron paint and green patina spray to create the rust. The very first thing I did was mix the product REALLY well. There is actual metal in this patina paint (which causes the activation process) so it needs to be mixed thoroughly to work.
Step #2 – Apply the Patina Paint (2x)
Once the iron paint was mixed, I used an inexpensive chip brush to apply my first coat around the edges of the waterfall dresser – just in the areas I wanted rust to appear – and then let it dry. Here’s the dresser in progress. The iron paint is brushed on just around the edges and I have to admit – not looking too impressive.
Once that dried, I roughly dabbed on a second coat of iron patina paint to create a bit of texture. This ends up giving the patina an authentic natural look.
Step #3 – Apply the Patina Spray to WET Iron Paint
While the iron metal paint was still WET – I sprayed it with this patina spray and then headed upstairs to wash dishes, opened mail etc. After 2 hours (and a clean house) I had a rust on this dresser!
I was curious what it would do if I left it for another 2 hours, and the rust became even more prominent. This is a really fascinating process!
Step #4 – Sand
After 4 hours, I was happy with the look so I sanded the rough spots down with 220 sandpaper and removed the all the dust with a tack cloth.
Step #5 – Topcoat | Protect
To protect and topcoat, I used this sponge applicator to apply Gator Hide Topcoat. I’m guessing (because I’m no expert) this stops any further activation from taking place. Gator Hide also and gives the dresser a durable waterproof finish with a flat matte finish.
There’s still a small drawer repair to do on this piece and then it’s ready to be listed. I don’t know if this will be a quick sell in my area but the process was amazing so it doesn’t really matter. I’m excited to use this technique on other items… and I’m a huge advocate of trying different techniques and styles to keep things interesting and continue to learn and grow.
I hope this has inspired you to give something that interests you a try!
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS PATINA FINISH. IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy painting and have an inspiring day my friends,
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