How To Create Authentic Rust and Patina
On Your Painted Furniture Projects—
Without Waiting Around for Mother Nature
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I don’t usually notice these things. I also don’t usually use the words “gas tank thingee” and “beautiful patina” in the same sentence, but patina has been on my my mind A LOT lately—thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Company’s new Patina Collection we are carrying at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.
Patina is a natural process that occurs over time as metals are exposed to air and water. A chemical reaction with the metals creates both the rust on antique farm equipment and that pretty green color on the Statue of Liberty. (Did you know she is made of copper?)
Dixie Belle’s Patina Collection allows you to create some really interesting metallic looks on non-metallic items such as furniture, glass and home decor items—or speed up the process on metal items to create a vintage look.
HOW TO USE DIXIE BELLE’S PATINA COLLECTION
All you have to do is paint, spray and wait for the
chemical reaction magic to happen.
The Dixie Belle Patina Collection includes three types of non-hazardous paint—iron, bronze or copper—with actual metal particles finely ground into it. It also includes Patina Spray in two colors—green or blue—that you spray onto the wet paint to kick-start the chemical reaction. If you are adding patina to a metal object, you will additionally need a product called Prime Start, which acts as a buffer to protect the metal object from corroding after the spray is applied.
There are a lot of products on the market that help you create a faux patina effect. This is the real deal—just speeding up the process that naturally occurs over time and creating actual rust or patina in a few hours. No rain needed! It usually takes between 2 to 6 hours to see results, but the patina effect could continue for another day or two on your project so I usually wait to seal it until I’m sure the patina-ing is finished.
Here’s a video we made about the Patina Collection.
I demonstrate how to apply it, discuss options for sealing your project and show you what it looks like on several types of surfaces (including a plastic $1 bin we transformed into high-end decor!)
Here are some close-up shots of the projects featured in the video.
I used Bronze Patina Paint + Blue Patina Spray on this table.
My Mom used Iron Patina Paint + Green Spray on this chair.
She also used Prime Start + Iron Patina Paint + Green Spray to create rust on this metal hardware.
It was too shiny before. Now the hardware matches the vintage paint treatment on the hutch.
I used Copper Patina Paint + Blue Spray
to transform this yard sale artwork …
… into a fashionable serving tray.
Look at this awesome rusty C that Amber created!
This is just one of the projects we are featuring today for WOW!Wednesday over on our Facebook page. On Wednesdays, we feature photos of awesome projects that our customers send in … because Our Customers ROCK! at All Things New Again!
Head on over to our Facebook page and check it out! If you have an awesome project, please send it to us. We would love to share it.
And if you want to try out Dixie Belle’s new Patina Collection on one of your projects, here’s the link again. It’s awesome stuff!
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All Things New Again is a family-owned furniture and paint boutique in Leesburg, Virginia (about an hour or so west of Washington, D.C.) We offer our own eclectic brand of handpainted furniture and several lines of paint for your next DIY project, including Dixie Belle Paint Company’s easy-to-use, makes-everything-pretty paints and products. We offer a Learn How to Paint Furniture Class (featuring Dixie Belle products) every month. Click here for details and to sign up.
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