When Dixie Belle asked if I’d like to try some of their products, their Patina Paint was at the top of my list. I am super excited that they sent me a couple of different looks to try.
I love a good authentic aged patina. Nothing can beat the real McCoy like the gorgeous verdigrised copper roof on this building in Vienna.
But finding the real thing isn’t always possible, or affordable. And I’ve never been a fan of the faux paint jobs that use several paint colors to create something that ‘looks’ like verdigris or rust.
That is not how the Patina Collection from Dixie Belle works. Instead it uses actual flakes of metal in the patina paint combined with a spray on acidic solution to create actual rust or verdigris.
I’m intrigued by the idea of trying this effect on a piece of furniture at some point, but for today I decided to start small with this lamp that I recently picked up at the thrift store.
The base on this lamp is metal, but you can also use the patina paints on any other paint-able surface. However, when using them on metal you must start with a coat of the Prime Start (on all other surfaces you can prime your piece with a coat of regular paint).
The reason for this is simple. The Prime Start contains an acid blocker that prevents the activator that you apply later from eating through the paint and degrading your metal item. So be sure not to skip this step if you’re working with a metal item.
It’s not very pretty (unless you like orange), but don’t worry, you’ll be covering that up entirely.
Next you add two coats of your Patina Paint of choice. I’m using the Iron Paint because I want a rusty patina on my lamp. There is one very important instruction to take note of before you start using the Patina Paint, can you guess what it is?
I really want to say that the paint should be shaken, not stirred (you know I love my Bond) but I think you could also stir it if you prefer. But the important thing is that you mix it well in order to distribute the metal flakes throughout. These are what will give you the patina that you want. If you don’t get them well mixed you will be disappointed with your end result.
The first coat of the Iron paint goes on fairly thin.
Now here’s the next important bit of info, after painting on a second coat of the Patina Paint you should immediately shake the Patina Spray well and apply it while the paint is still wet.
Now you can sit back and watch metal rust. It’s sort of like watching grass grow. It can take 2-6 hours to reach the full effect so I recommend going and getting yourself a vodka martini, shaken not stirred, while you wait.
Then spend some time watching your favorite Bond movie. Mine is Skyfall which is 2 hours and 23 minutes long, perfect for killing time while waiting for your patina to develop.
In reality, I just went to bed after this step and when I got up in the morning my lamp looked like this.
That patina is so delicious I could just eat it up.
When looking at the ‘before’ photo of the lamp you may have noticed that it had a tacky yellowed plastic faux ‘candle’ at the top of the metal base. I covered that up with a page from my old Swedish bible. I simply cut the piece to fit, sprayed it with 3M Super 77 spray adhesive and wrapped it around.
I added a lamp shade that I purchased at Junk Bonanza several years ago.
The shade was made by Light Reading and if you follow my link to their Facebook page you can see that they are going to be at an event in Edina coming up soon. So any of you locals who need an amazing lamp shade, you can check them out there. I think I might swing by and try to score another lampshade myself.
In the meantime, I’m going to go look for some more stuff around my house that needs a rusty patina!