I was pumping gas the other day when I looked down and noticed the most beautiful little bit of green patina around the gas tank on the ground.
I don’t usually notice these things. I also don’t usually use the words “gas station” and “beautiful patina” in the same sentence, but patina has been on my mind A LOT lately—thanks to Dixie Belle Paint Company’s new Patina Collection we are carrying at our store All Things New Again in Leesburg, Virginia.
Patina is a natural process that occurs over time as metals are exposed to air and water. A chemical reaction with the metals creates both the rust on antique farm equipment and that pretty green color on the Statue of Liberty. (Did you know she is made of copper?)
Dixie Belle’s Patina Collection allows you to create some really interesting metallic looks on non-metallic items such as furniture, glass and home decor items—or speed up the process on metal items to create a vintage look.
All you have to do is paint, spray and wait for the chemical reaction magic to happen.
The Dixie Belle Patina Collection includes three types of non-hazardous paint—iron, bronze or copper—with actual metal particles finely ground into it. It also includes Patina Spray in two colors—green or blue—that you spray onto the wet paint to kick-start the chemical reaction. If you are adding patina to a metal object, you will additionally need a product called Prime Start, which acts as a buffer to protect the metal object from corroding after the spray is applied.
There are a lot of products on the market that help you create a faux patina effect. This is the real deal—just speeding up the process that naturally occurs over time and creating actual rust or patina in a few hours. No rain needed! It usually takes between 2 to 6 hours to see results, but the patina effect could continue for another day or two on your project so I usually wait to seal it until I’m sure the patina-ing is finished.
Here are some close-up shots of the projects.
It was too shiny before. Now the hardware matches the vintage paint treatment on the hutch.