You know those items you have in your pantry? The ones you hardly ever use but you always have a big box taking up space? Please tell me I’m not the only one! Well, my friends, today’s tutorial will not only help you achieve some super gorgeous faux metal patina, it will help justify the square inches being eaten up by one of those random products in your pantry. Are you ready???
So I recently acquired that gorgeous tall candlestick, and I loved the finish so much that I decided to undergo a little creativity therapy and try to create green patina myself.
To do so, I found some old glass tea light holders that had seen better days… I’d say they’re much improved now.
The process involves quite a few steps, but each is quick and easy. I used all Country Chic Paint products, and I find that they layer, distress, and “play” beautifully, but you could certainly attempt a similar effect with any chalk-based paint. If you need a recipe to create your own, go here. And then give this a try:
- sand object to be painted (not normally required with chalk-based paints, but these had paint flaking off… it’s always important to remove any flaking paint)
- paint with CCP chocolate tart (in retrospect, a combo of chocolate tart and brandy might have been better)… let dry a full day
- wax with CCP gold wax (this imitates the shimmer of real copper and provides a resist for your next layer)
- paint with a 1:2 mixture of CCP vanilla frosting: tropical cocktail… do NOT let it dry
- while paint is still wet, spritz with a spray bottle of water and watch the paint run… rub it in places if desired to allow more of the underneath layers to show through
- wax with clear wax to seal (feel free to use some dark and/or gold wax in places to create greater variation)
- use your secret weapon…
You’re probably asking why there is a box of Corn Starch in the last picture… True oxidized copper has a chalky finish (which looks a lot like non-sealed chalk-based paint). I wanted to seal my work with wax, but I didn’t want the sheen of wax. I originally thought about using baby power (which I think would work great), but the cornstarch was closer. Brutal honesty here, folks. 😉 Anyway, just rub a pinch of cornstarch or powder into the wax to remove the shine.
And that’s it! I love these little tea light holders with their new dynamic finish, but wouldn’t this same technique be amazing on an old metal plant stand? Or an intricately carved frame? Or a metal figurine? The possibilities are almost endless!
And your cornstarch will thank you for allowing it to take part in a beautiful, creative endeavor. 😉
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