Learn how to create a faux patina finish on nearly any surface using two products. This technique is easy, fast and beautiful!
Who remembers last weeks project? Here’s a quick rundown – I purchased a set of printables and one just so happened to have cows grazing. I purchased a frame for $1.99 along with a nice haul of other items I will be showing y’all soon from Goodwill. Sorry, back to the printable – I printed it, added Mod Podge and put it to the frame. It turned out so good and has the perfect faux oil painting look! You can get a closer look at the entire project HERE. This week I’m going to continue in that upcycling spirit by creating a faux patina finish on, of all things, a plastic toy horse. Stay with me on this one, because it’s going to be good!
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What you’ll need to create faux patina:
- Toy Horse
- Wooden Base (7x3x1)
- E6000 Adhesive
- Copper Patina Paint
- Patina Spray
- Coffee Bean Dixie Belle Chalk Paint
- Artist Brushes
Before beginning the faux patina process, I first sanded the plastic horse to give it some grit. To do this, I just lightly went over the entire horse with a sanding block. This will make the paint stick better.
Once the horse was sanded down, I added a layer of Coffee Bean paint to both the horse and the wood block it will be glued to.
These Artist Brushes from Dixie Belle are great to have on hand for smaller projects like this one.
I let this layer of paint dry completely before moving on.
Now it’s time to add some patina!
Next, I added two coats of the Copper Patina Paint.
I was sure to let the first coat dry completely before moving onto the second.
Then, I worked swiftly, focusing on one piece at a time when applying the 2nd coat so I could add the Patina Spray before the second coat dried.
You can see here, that the wooden base is still wet as I’m getting ready to apply the Patina Spray.
Don’t worry if at first it looks like nothing is happening. Let it set for 2-6 hours – it will keep working!
If you see a spot where you’d like more patina, just dab a bit more spray in the area. You can also dab a bit more copper. The key here is to just play with it and have FUN! This is no time for perfection.
I used E6000 adhesive on the 2 hooves that had the most contact with the wood and hot glue on the other 2. This is because the E6000 adhesive takes some time to dry, so I needed something that had a bit of instant sticking power.
Now it’s time to show you how stinking cute this will be in a vignette or even displayed on a bookcase.
Nobody will ever know that this piece was once a toy horse!
I’m going for a masculine rustic luxe style for our VRBO and this will be a perfect addition on the cheap! Plus, I won’t be heartbroken if it gets broken or “lost”.
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