Make any metal bucket look distressed and aged with a DIY Faux Patina with paint. Using simple craft paints, and spray paint, you can create an aged copper and patina look following this tutorial.
As part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Team, we are given a monthly challenge along with a budget of gift cards. This month we were told to do something with the Color of the Year, Pantone Emerald Green.
First I panicked because currently, NOTHING in my house would go with this color. After a few days of thinking….. I thought I could try doing a DIY Faux Patina.
DIY Faux Patina
I’ve always loved an aged copper and patina look and thought this would be perfect for making distressed flower buckets, or pots.
Now that I had a plan, I quickly headed to Lowe’s to have my Pantone Color mixed up, grab a few tin buckets, plants, dirt, and a new drop cloth. I loved the “messy approach” for this project. Which translates into a large margin for error. Once I figured out what would work, I took photos of each step to make it easy for you.
How to Paint Faux Patina
- Black Spray paint – Flat
- Emerald Green Paint
- Copper Craft Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Tin Bucket
- Old Rag
- Paint your bucket with copper paint. I used acrylic paint because I had it. But I’m thinking a copper spray paint would have worked better. Let the paint dry completely before step 2.
- Spray on a flat or semi-flat black paint.
- While it’s still wet, dab and gently wipe with a rag. Allow drying completely.
- Brush on the green paint.
- While it’s still wet, use a rag to wipe and smear gently.
The more texture your item has, the more places for the green color to collect……..this is a good thing.
I had my husband drill a hole in the bottom in case I wanted to use them outside. I’ll have to remember to place a saucer underneath while using them indoors.
If you plan on using them outdoors, spray them with a clear acrylic sealer.
Fill your buckets with whatever your heart desires. During the spring they’re housing my primroses, and this summer I plan on using mine for herbs for my patio.
I’m kind of tickled on how good they turned out. I’ve never tried painting a faux patina before, but I must say……….it’s very forgiving and it was very easy. My kind of project!
Now you can DIY Faux Patina too!
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