Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina finish is surprisingly simple to use! You can use it on pretty much anything.
I have this old chest that we were given years ago. It stayed the way we got it for years because I hadn’t gotten inspiration on how to paint it. Fast forward to now when I was offered an opportunity to try out the Modern Masters Metal Effects finish. There may be quite a few furniture pieces in our house to have tried this paint technique on, but this chest won!
I wanted to try it on the chest mostly because it has a floral embossed type texture to it. So, I wanted to experiment with the Metal Effects painting technique to see what outcome I’d have.
Let that dry. Then, painted another copper layer and brushed on the Blue Patina Reactive Solution on top of the WET copper paint. I started on the back as I wasn’t sure how it would take as it was my first time using it. I found that it was really thick and it did not drip as I really wanted for this particular project.
I’m glad I did, there is something to be said about starting in a conspicuous spot! The effect takes about 15 minutes to mature and show up.
When I decided that brushing the solution on was NOT giving me the look I wanted, I started to spray the patina solution on using a spray bottle.
I painted a smaller area and sprayed the oxidizing solution on while it was wet; went around the whole chest and left it to dry. There were some areas that the patina activating solution was a bit thicker than I wanted it to be, so I simply went back over that area with the copper paint to settle it down about.
The finish was pretty good, but I wanted more depth and movement for this chest as the texture is so pretty. I found my other Modern Masters metallic paints of various colors and dry brushed them in random areas.
I used blue, purple, champagne, and a slightly different shade of copper. It added that extra interest that I was looking for.
There isn’t any rhyme or reason to how I applied it. The lovely thing about paint is that you can paint over it if it doesn’t look how you want it.
You can play with it until you get it to your liking. If you start to get overwhelmed (aka. frustrated) with your project, walk away for a bit.
When you come back you may have a fresh eye or new idea of how you’d like to tackle your project.
Okay, back on task here… I removed the tape and revealed the original wood. I haven’t decided what the metal sheathes should look like just yet They will be left until inspiration overcomes me.