How to Add Patina to Anything

Modern Masters Metal Effects Patina finish is surprisingly simple to use!  You can use it on pretty much anything.

 How to Add Patina to AnythingI 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!

chest How to Add Patina to Anything 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.

IMG 6469 How to Add Patina to Anything As per the Modern Masters Metal Effects Finish instructions, I painted on the primer first.  Let dry, and painted a layer of the Copper Reactive Metallic Paint.

IMG 6466 How to Add Patina to AnythingLet 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.

IMG 6477 How to Add Patina to AnythingI’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.

IMG 6480 How to Add Patina to Anything 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.

IMG 6483 How to Add Patina to AnythingThe 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.

IMG 0501 How to Add Patina to AnythingI used blue, purple, champagne, and a slightly different shade of copper.  It added that extra interest that I was looking for.

IMG 0507 How to Add Patina to AnythingThere 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.

IMG 0613 How to Add Patina to AnythingYou 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.

IMG 0505 How to Add Patina to AnythingWhen you come back  you may have a fresh eye or new idea of how you’d like to tackle your project.

IMG 6691 How to Add Patina to Anything 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.

IMG 6687 How to Add Patina to Anything But, for now, I love the look of the chest and what the Modern Masters Metal Effects kit did to transform the look of this freebie!

IMG 0471 How to Add Patina to Anything

Stay tuned to see how the inside of the chest is transformed from wall paper disaster to a beautiful clean artistic reveal.

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