Let’s Talk About Patina
What is Patina?
Have you ever seen an old farm metal object with a green, brown or blue film on it? That film or crust is patina, and it occurs when metal ages over time. When I think of Patina I picture an old farm tractor abandoned in a field or a boat anchor left lying on a shoreline for years. It takes many years in nature for patina to occur, but I am going to show you how you can achieve this patina finish in just a few hours. And it is so easy!
The Patina Paint Collection by Dixie Belle Paint Company makes getting this unique finish on metal pieces so super easy! And did I mention fun to create? With these products you can patina almost anything – plastic, laminate, glass, wood, metal and more! Truly Amazing!
It took me some time to decide if I liked the patina look, but now I think it is a really cool, industrial, aged look that coordinates so well with all types of home decor styles. Patina goes great with rustic farmhouse, coastal, and modern decor, all of which are popular right now. But then, who cares what is popular? It’s the style of decor you love that matters!
To check out the Dixie Belle Patina Paint Collection go to https://dixiebellepaint.com/patina-paint/.
And for an easy to use reference on Quick Steps To A Patina Finish get my printable reference:
It is fun to Add Patina Finish to Metal
In this post, I am going to focus on using the patina paint on metal. Only one extra step is needed to use this paint on your metal pieces (when compared to non-metal)! So cool to turn outdoor metal planters, lamps, old metal milk cans and more into cool patina decor. The possibilities are really endless and again it really is so stinking easy! Why not give it a try?
To try out the Dixie Belle Patina Paint on metal I purchased a few super cheap items from Goodwill and used a few things I had around the house. These included a metal sun-ray shape framed mirror, an old brass lamp base, a copper bowl, a copper and glass bowl, and a large photo frame with a patterned metal inlay in the center.
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Steps In This Patina Process
There are 5 Steps in the Patina Paint Process using Dixie Belle Patina Products.
The Patina process is a bit messy so I recommend laying down and old sheet, cardboard box, plastic, or some papers to protect your surface. The product instructions recommend adequate ventilation when using Prime Start and the Patina Spray.
Step 1: Clean your piece
I use Dixie Belle White Lightening to clean my pieces but if you don’t have that on hand you can use a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and water or use water mixed with a little dish liquid. Follow with a quick rinse of plain water to get rid of any cleaner residue.
Step 2: Apply the Prime Start to the metal areas
I recommend using an old chip brush that you won’t worry about ruining. Two coats of Prime Start are recommended. Apply the first coat and wait 24 hours before you apply the second coat. Then after the second coat is dry you can move on. I was tempted not to wait 24 hours after applying the first coat but I managed to hold out!
Step 3: Apply two coats of your Dixie Belle Patina Paint
This paint comes in copper, bronze, and iron. I used copper paint on all these pieces.
Shake the paint container really well because the paint contains metal flakes which tend to sink to bottom. Apply the first coat and let it dry completely. Then you apply the second coat.
Next comes the fun part! Well, it’s all fun, but I mean the most fun part is coming up! Get ready for the next step because you do it while the second coat of Patina Paint is wet.
Step 4: While the second coat is wet, apply the Dixie Belle Patina Spray
This spray comes in either green or blue. I only had green on hand. You can apply the spray using the spray nozzle attachment or apply it with a sponge or brush for a more controlled application. The patina won’t form if the spray is applied after the second coat dries. So if it is drying in spots, just apply a bit more Patina Paint right before you spray.
Step 5: Wait a few hours and watch the magic happen!
The Patina”ing” (I’m not sure that’s an actual word) will start immediately. But it will take about 2 to 6 hours for the patina to develop fully. After your piece dries you will want to wipe it with a damp towel to remove the fine layer of “patina dust” that forms.
While these steps aren’t complicated, I’ve created an easy to use printable reference sheet Quick Steps To A Patina Finish. Get it here:
Do You Like This Patina Look?
Lastly, you can seal your project if you choose.
You can use any top coat, such as Dixie Belle’s Gatorhide or any of the Dixie Belle Clear Coats. They do make a Patina Guard top coat especially for patina projects but I didn’t purchase it since I had other sealers on hand.
Now admire your work and the beautiful finish on your pieces! The finished patina pieces are so unique and fun, and do you agree that this process is super easy? I encourage you to give it a try!
Use The Patina Paint with Other Products to Create Unique Finishes
There are so many ways you can incorporate the patina finish into all kinds of painting projects! You can also add other finishes to really mix it up. Try combining gilding and decor waxes and dry brushing to your patina finish! I’m looking forward to trying this on furniture!
Check out this video on Dixie Belle’s website on using patina paint; https://dixiebellepaint.com/how-to-use-dixie-belle-paint-products-1/#patina
Have you done any patina projects? If so, I’d love to see your projects!
And If you found this article helpful, I’d love to know about it! Leave me a comment and add your patina project pictures as I’d love to see them!
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If you are looking for any help with the chalk painting in general, check out my post here on Five Chalk Paint Tips for Beginner’s Success https://simplyrefinished.com/five-tips-for-a-success-with-your-first-furniture-chalk-paint-project/.
Another post you might find helpful, is this one on how to choose between wax and poly for your chalk paint projects. https://simplyrefinished.com/choosing-the-best-chalk-paint-topcoat-wax-or-poly/
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