If you’ll remember back, last year I painted an ugly old plaster pedestal using Dixie Belle’s Patina Paint.
You can find all of the details on that original makeover here.
I used the Iron paint and the Green spray to get a rusty looking finish on my pedestal.
I promised to keep you guys posted regarding how well this product stood up to outdoor exposure. The pedestal was out in my garden all summer last year and come fall I was pleasantly surprised to note that it held up quite well even without any sort of protective top coat.
If anything, it had gotten even rustier looking (which is a good thing in my book).
Normally I would have been content to just leave it alone and put it back out in the garden this year (I stored it in my photo cottage for the winter), but I wanted to test out a relatively new Dixie Belle product called Patina Guard.
This is a top coat that was specially formulated to do several things. First of all, it halts the patina-ing (OK, not a real word, but whatever) process. As I mentioned, my pedestal continued to ‘rust’ over time. If you don’t want that to happen with your piece, Patina Guard will prevent that. Secondly, it prevents the patina from rubbing off onto things it comes into contact with. For example, if you’ve used it on a bench and you want to be able to sit on it while wearing white pants. Finally, it provides a more durable finish.
You simply apply 2 to 3 coats with a brush. It couldn’t be easier to do, but FYI, this is not an ‘indoor friendly’ product. It was quite stinky, so if you’re going to use it I recommend only doing so outside.
To be quite honest, I really rather wish I hadn’t used the Patina Guard on my pedestal. Here is how it looks with the finish applied.
I preferred the more textured looking flat finish that the patina paint had before it was top coated with the Patina Guard. The ‘after’ is just a little too shiny for my taste. In my opinion, it looks a little less authentically rusty and more ‘painted’.
I think this is a personal preference thing. Plus, for a garden ornament I’m not too worried about the rust rubbing off onto other things, so that part wasn’t necessary for me. And, as I mentioned, this pedestal held up quite well outdoors last summer without a top coat, so I’m not sure I needed the extra durability.
Next time I think I’ll just skip the Patina Guard. And there definitely will be a next time. I absolutely love the Patina Paint products and hope to be making a few more rusty garden ornaments this summer!
In the meantime, I found a gorgeous potted fuchsia to put on the pedestal and I’ve tucked it behind my Sum & Substance hosta.
It still looks great, don’t you think?
Thank you to Dixie Belle for providing the products used in today’s blog post!