In Monday’s post I mentioned that I used a new (to me) technique on the hardware for the blue alligator dresser.
The original drawer pulls on the two bottom drawers of the dresser (which I kept) were a very well aged brass, but my 4 replacement knobs for the top drawers were a kind of tacky new ‘brassy’ color.
I realized this would be the perfect opportunity to pull out the Modern Masters Metal Effects patina kit that I purchased last year at Hobby Lobby and use it to unify my old and new hardware.
(By the way, I used the rust kit on my rusty bull last year)
The copper patina kit comes with a small jar of primer (which I ignored), a small jar of copper paint and the activator.
I started by painting my knobs and the original drawer pulls with the copper paint.
Before the second coat of paint was dry, I sprayed on the “green patina aging solution” that came with the kit.
As it dried, I could see the patina beginning to form.
Which made these knobs just about perfect for the blue alligator dresser.
They blend quite nicely with my custom Blue Alligator milk paint color, thus allowing that gorgeous transfer to be the star of the show.
The only thing I’m not sure about is how well the finish will hold up to use over time, and whether or not I should be sealing it with something. Here is what the Modern Masters website has to say about it:
Applying Sealer Effect, a protective sealer and top coat is highly recommended over the Iron/Rust Finish. Particularly on interior surfaces where there may be contact or exterior surfaces to prevent runoff of the rust finish caused by rain or sprinklers onto surrounding areas. It is not necessary to seal/topcoat the Copper/Green Patina or Bronze/Blue Patina finishes, except if the patina surface is subject to repeated hand contact, such as hand rails.
So … yes? no? maybe? Do any of you have experience with how these finishes hold up over time? If so, please share your knowledge in a comment!