How To Add Copper Patina To Painted Furniture

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Copper Patina On Wood Furniture
How To Add Copper Patina To Painted Furniture

Just the thought of a copper patina finish to a decorative furniture painter can be scary. Especially when the fear of having to repaint it is a possibility. No one wants that! Of course, I was a little anxious when I started adding the copper patina, but it all worked out in the end. Here is how it all went down. It was so easy!

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How To Add Copper Patina To Furniture Without Fear

Before adding copper patina to this cute little side table.

Preparation Before Painting

The little nightstand had a lot of veneer issues, but it peeled right up with a paint scraper. It’s my multi-purpose tool. 🙂

After a quick cleaning and sanding with my Orbital Makita Sander with 220 grit paper, it was ready to go.

Oh, yes... the prep before the paint.

Applying The Patina Spray

I added the Copper Paint in areas where I wanted the oxidizing effect. Around the detailing and randomly on the edges. While the copper paint was still wet, I sprayed over the copper paint with the Dixie Belle activator spray. Within minutes I began to see the copper appear. It was magical! And to get a multi-color effect, I used both blue and green spray.

After the paint and patina spray had dried, I sealed the nightstand with Dixie Belle Gator Hide. I randomly applied the copper and green gilding wax with my fingertip to add even more color for the added color effect. The gilding wax did not need to be sealed and can be applied over the Gator Hide.

This spray comes in two colors. Green and blue and each one creates a different look when sprayed over patina paint.

AMAZING Copper Finish Right Before Your Eyes

Adding a copper patina to the this vintage nightstand was perfect for adding that ghostly feel I wanted.
This amazing look was created by patina paint and gilding wax.
Because we all need that one over the top creative piece that we're proud of. Patina paint with caviar chalk mineral paint.

I think this little cutie will be a great addition to my covered porch Halloween display. What do you think? I love the Fall, and what better time than this to add a little patina? I’d love to hear your feedback on this not-so-scary makeover in the comment section below. Let me know what you think.

Until the next project… xo, Do