Patina or Pahhhtiiiinahh……..How to Achieve it with Paint!

Furniture and Cabinetry Redouxs, Furniture Makeovers, Tutorials

Patina (/ˈpætɨnə/ or /pəˈtnə/) is a tarnish that forms on the surface of copper, bronze and similar metals (produced by oxidation or other chemical processes

Patina.   I just love saying that word.  I love the way the vowels mix with the consonants to make such a glamorous sounding word.  Patina describes the oxidized look on a piece of metal, that has has happened over time.

It can take years to get a gorgeous patina on a piece of metal.  But now, you can have a jaw dropping patina instantly with the magic of Modern Masters Metal Effects Paints.  Yep, that’s right.  Paint that Patinas!

Modern Masters has a line of Metallic paints in a range of colors.  When used with one of their aging solutions, you can take a plain piece of furniture, a wall, basically anything you can paint and make it look like it has been around for ages.

I decided to go big.  No small wimpy frames or decorative pieces.  I wanted Patina on a grand scale.  I chose this basic sofa table.  After I cleaned it up and smoothed out the rough patches, I got started.

You need to start with Modern Masters Metal Primer.  It goes on easily and dries quickly.  You can move to the fun part fast!

Now choose your metal.  I chose Bronze with a green aging solution. 


I painted one coat and let it dry thoroughly.  I applied a 2nd coat, but I didn’t have to wait for it to dry.  In fact, you want to use the aging solution while your metal effects paint is still wet.  I decided to go with a heavy hand.   I used a round soft brush, and literally “plopped” it on all over.  I let it run down the legs and kind of make a general mess.

The aging process starts right away, and it is  fun to watch!  This is one of those times when watching paint dry is very exciting.  As it was drying, I decided to change the patina just a bit.  I wadded up a shop towel and blotted it where I thought it was particularly heavy.  This caused it to darken a bit, but I really love the variegated look it produced.

Once your piece is completely dry, you do not need to seal it. The paint is very durable.  However, the patina will continue to actually evolve over time.  You can choose to let nature continue to change your piece, or you can seal it to stop the process. In this photo, the sun is hitting half of it.  Isn’t that amazing how different it looks in just a shift in light?

I decided to seal my piece with one of my favorite 100% natural furniture waxes.

I buffed the entire piece to a high shine, and stood back to ooo and ahhhh at my Patina. It looks extra amazing with an added glow.

Modern Masters has so much fun seeing what their customers come up with using their products that they are doing a giveaway here tomorrow during my link party!   Check out the Patina Package you can win at the party!

One Pint Primer
One Pint Reactive Paint – choice of color
One 4 oz. Solution or Rust Activator
One Spritzer Cap
One Pint of Permacoat Xtreme [Rust Only]

Think of all the amazing projects you could create.  It is endless.  I can’t wait to try another Metal Effects on another surface.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the giveaway!  In the meantime, want some more inspiration?  Check out the Metal Effects Modern Masters Board on Pinterest!


My Patina’d table will be shining bright at these parties:

Prodigal Pieces


  1. Rhea

    Looks amazing!

  2. cassie

    SOOOOO cool! and great tutorial!

  3. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

    Just got a shipment from Modern Masters yesterday, and I can’t wait to play around with it!

  4. Liisa

    Oh I so wish I didn’t see this post! Now I have to try it! 😉
    You did a wonderful job. I hope I see this at the Paris Flea Market.

  5. Patricia Krank

    Oh my gosh that is amazing!!! I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. I’m following the Modern Masters Pin Board for more ideas.

  6. Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

    Superb, Karen!! I did the same type of finish on my house awnings and cupala, but used a different product. I am a confessed patina nut. 🙂 Want to join the group?
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces

    • GTC

      I would love to join the group! I bet your house looks awesome with the Patina! It is so fun to play with!

  7. Lori {Vintage Charm Restored}

    I got some Modern Masters yesterday to play with… but I wish it would have been this stuff!! Amazing table!!!

    • GTC

      Can’t wait to see what you get! Enter the giveaway tomorrow and you could win the whole metallic and patina kit!

  8. Kathleen

    WOW! I love this. You did an amazing job. Very lovely table. Thanks for letting us know about this product. I’ve never seen this before.

    • GTC

      You are so welcome Kathleen. I have worked with Modern Masters products for a few years now. It is fun to see the different faux finishing products they come up with. They play really beautifully with my beloved CeCe Caldwell’s paints too!

  9. Jan

    I can think of a couple of rescued projects that would look great with a touch of patina. I’ve pinned this so I can find it when I get my garage cleaned out and have space to actually work on some of my projects.

    I can think of a couple of pieces that I’d like to mix and match… give wooden legs a metal top or a painted top some metal legs… hmmmmm.


    • GTC

      Jan your ideas sound gorgeous! It feels so good to get the garage cleaned out. I am in the middle of that process. Really fun when I find things I didn’t remember I had and get inspired all over again! Thank you for pinning the project!

  10. Susan

    Freakin awesomeness! I was thinking about cladding my kitchen island in copper sheeting but now I might just try to do this paint effect, thanks for sharing!

  11. Fran

    Karen as usual you have out done yourself again. I love this piece, it does look like metal. I’m going to have to try this on an old dresser so it can look like metal too. Maybe with some wheels, since I know you love them too. haha I think it would look good. Thanks again for the inspiration. 🙂

  12. Vicki Graves

    Your projects are alllllllllways amazing!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  13. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    I love that word too!! 😉 And yes, go big or go home!! I love how it turned out….so very cool!


  14. brooke

    Thank you for linking up to my Furniture and Paint Party!! I am featuring this table Tonight! Hope to see you again!


  15. Brenda Young

    Stunning finish! OMG I HAVE to get some of that stuff……AWESOME! pinning! Thanks for sharing

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Brenda. This paint is so much fun to play with. You can take it in so many directions.

  16. mj

    I’m practicinging on a builders chandelier, just to see how this stuff works. The blue solution works okay, but not the green. Anyone else having trouble getting the solution to work?

    It’s important to get the base coat that works with the solution. I first bought a small container of copper that was not reactive. The label will say if it is reactive. It was a beautiful color but not designed for use with the patina solutions. So back to the store for the correct version. Be sure to read labels. Paint store people are not always aware of the details of new products.

    • GTC

      Good point MJ! You definitely want to make sure you get the REACTIVE paint to achieve the patina. What a great idea to try that on a builder grade chandelier. I have one of those waiting for inspiration to strike. I haven’t had problems with either the blue or the green. I have only worked on larger surfaces though. Have you checked out the Modern Masters FB page? You can post questions there too. Good luck!

      • mj

        Have not done anything about it except decide i don’t want to work with it further. It’s not a keeper.
        If I need metallic paint, though, I’ll definitely look at MM. I like the look of your table, btw. It turned out well.

        I’m not thrilled with the look of this chandelier, so will try spray painting the next one. No verdigris.

  17. Stacey Blanton

    OMGosh…..I Just seriously GASPED when I saw this . Absolutely FAB U LOUS !!! Patina is my Fav of all time

  18. Nicole Dyson

    I love Patina! I have been looking for a way to paint a wall to look like patina. I have found some excellent advice and even some other ideas for projects I hadn’t even thought of. I can’t wait to get started!!

  19. copper tiles

    Nice way to make this lovely patinas



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