How to Get that Great Patina on Painted Furniture

I have to admit, I have a thing for green.  When I found an old sewing table a while back, I knew I wanted to tear it apart and make a side table out of it ~ and I knew it had to be green.  It’s been patiently waiting for it’s makeover – until now.

I was playing with CeCe Caldwell’s paint yesterday and I realized I already had everything I needed right at my fingertips to create the perfect green for this piece.  I mixed a little of the Maine Harbor Blue in into some Spring Hill Green and came up with this.

West Maui Mountains ~ that’s what call it.  Reminds me of the view you get while you’re pulling into the harbor or driving into Lahaina at sunset.  Love those West Maui’s! I flipped the table over and started painting.  I’ve really noticed a difference in the depth of color I can get with this paint; Here’s what it looks like going on.  You can see the parts that have dried because they’re so much lighter.

This is one thin, sloppy coat.  I did this intentionally because a well worn vintage feel is what I was going for here.

  When the paint dries, it looks very light and feels chalky.

 Once the wax is applied, the color deepens again and you’ll end up with a rich patina.

I did a little bit of a two tone on the front door where I came back through and added a color wash of just a shade different to make it pop even more.   
Just dropped her off to my booth at Not So Shabby in Zeeland.
If you’d like to do something like this, order CeCe Caldwell’s Paints online through my online shop or pick it up in West Michigan at our Shizzle Design booth at Not So Shabby  here.  You’ll find our display along side our painted furniture and re-purposed vintage treasures.  

I spend a large chunk of time painting custom pieces for clients.  If you have a piece of furniture you would like painted, let me know.  Our current pieces for sale can be seen here.  It changes frequently but I do my best to mark things as sold once they’re gone.

A hui hou! ~ Shelly

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12 Replies to “How to Get that Great Patina on Painted Furniture”

  1. Ooh! I love her! I’m going to have to look in my basement and see if I still have a partial sewing cabinet down there! Blessings on your business!

    (Author had to learn how to spell – a good thing for writers to do!)

  2. That would match my living room! Love the green patina.
    Thank you so much for linking this up! I truly appreciate your participation in “Cowgirl Up!” and I hope you’ll join us again next week.

  3. Shelly you are such an amazing artist! I can’t believe how gorgeous this turned out. You made me want to go to Maui now!! You captured that color perfectly. Did you link this up at the Cece FB page? You need to!!!

  4. Hey girlie, while away it’s easier to leave comments then to send emails so here I am.
    I did see the pin already that you mentioned, unfortunelty its not from my site it is from a SouthernSavy Style Feature. Also did you know Donna is only 30 mins from where we are in BC.

  5. Shelly, I’m always impressed by your colors! I love color! This green and the blue on your other piece are to die for! LUV em’. I have got to do me some cuhla’ like that !!

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