How to Patina Paint DIY Metal Finishes, with 20 Examples!

How to Patina Paint DIY Metal Finishes, with 20 Examples!

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You almost can’t mess up with Patina Paints. Just keep layering until you get the look you love!

I don’t know about you but I have a Pinterest Board full of beautiful Furniture Makeovers. I’m obsessed. Lately, I’ve been loving the faux Metal Finishes mixed with layers of other paints or just blends of beautiful colors. Those makeovers always take a boring, out-of-date piece and transform it into a showstopper. As I work on updating my home, I’ve been meaning to try a similar paint technique out. But, I wasn’t quite sure how to patina paint DIY Metal Finishes. Or even which products I really needed.

Luckily for me, the Dixie Belle Paint Company contacted me about trying out their product. So, I headed over to their page and started checking out their colors. They have a beautiful line of chalk paints and stains, but the patina paints really grabbed my attention. I was seriously hoping to try one. Especially after checking out all of the furniture makeovers on the Dixie Belle Paint Company Blog! So many inspiring examples, guys. 🙂

I contacted Dixie Belle right away about trying the Copper Patina Paint with the Green Patina Spray. BUT amazingly was sent all 3 metal Patina Paints and both Patina Sprays to try. Along with Vintage Duck Egg Chalk Paint to use as the base. It was like Christmas for this DIY junkie!

I thought about getting some scrap wood out and testing some finishes. Then I spotted some leftover canvases from my recent Boy’s Bedroom Makeover (see the reveal).  Serendipity! I could turn my tests into art and reuse the canvases that were just taking up space in the closet.

UPDATE: See how these canvases look now in my DIY Chunky Wooden Frames.

I spent a couple days experimenting with different looks. And I was totally shocked that Copper didn’t end up being my favorite. I’m kinda loving the rust looks I was getting with the Iron Paint and Green Patina. But all 3 are beautiful. And there are so many ways to use these paints for different looks, I barely scratched the surface guys.

Hopefully, these 20 examples show you how to patina paint and help you pick the metal and patina you love. These are just starting point for your DIY Faux Metal Finish. The possibilities are endless. Maybe you want to mix a couple metals on the same piece. Or paint lines of the patina spray in veins across the paint. Have fun and be sure to comment here or tag me on Instagram with any cool designs you come up with. I’d love to see them!

Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
I’m keeping the last 12 faux finishes for a special project I’ll share next week! UPDATE: See how I turned these beautiful canvases into framed art.

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How to Patina Paint DIY Faux Metal Finishes: Getting Started

Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
A peek at the Dixie Belle Chalk Paint and Metal Finishes I used. You start a faux finish with a base coat of a Dixie Belle Chalk paint, in any shade you’d like. Then apply 1 coat of the metal paint and let that dry. Then you apply a second coat of the metal paint and spray on the patina while that 2nd coat is still wet.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
Dixie Belle Green Patina and Dixie Belle Blue Patina Sprays, as sent.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
Dixie Belle Vintage Duck Egg Chalk Paint on 12 canvases. I love this color!
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
This was taken after applying 1 coat of the metal to the Vintage Duck Egg paint. The Copper and Bronze Paints only require 2 coats for full coverage. The Iron required 4 or 5 to get full coverage over the blue. BUT you could start with a dark shade of Dixie Belle Chalk Paint as the base. Then 2 coats of Iron would be perfect!

Now that I’ve covered how you get started, let’s move onto how to Patina Paint some beautiful DIY faux metal finishes! Dixie Belle does recommend using the sprays on a wet layer of the metal paint. That will provide the strongest reaction. And it can take 2-6 hours for the Patina to fully develop. But, you will see it start almost immediately. Of the 3, Iron seems to take a bit longer. But the results are gorgeous!  🙂

How to Patina Paint DIY Faux Metal Finishes: 20 examples to get you started!

Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
Both of these are Iron Metal Paint with the Green Patina Spray. I applied a thick coat of Iron, then sprayed the top with enough green patina to make it pool up in that area that has that great rust explosion look. Just make sure it isn’t so wet that it won’t dry. I probably sprayed 8 times on the lowest setting. The bottom has a thick coat of Iron Paint with just a few light sprays of Dixie Belle Green Patina.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
I created this look by applying a coat of the metal paint, then spraying a few times with the patina, lightly spread the patina over the wet paint with a foam brush, then sprayed a few more times over that. This gives an overall patina look with the drops on top. The top is Bronze Paint with Blue Patina. The bottom is Copper Paint with Blue Patina.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
I decided to prop these canvases against a box and let the spray drip down the canvas as it dried. The top is a layer of wet Bronze sprayed with enough Green Patina to make it run in a few places. The bottom is a wet layer of Copper sprayed with enough Blue Patina to make it run a little.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
The top here is a wet layer of Bronze with an even, light layer of Green Patina Sprayed across the top. The bottom is a wet layer of Copper with an even, light layer of Green Patina Sprayed across the top.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
Both of these are Iron Paint, Green Patina, and Dixie Belle Vintage Duck Egg. I started with a wet layer of Iron, then sprayed Green Patina on that and lightly spread it across the surface with a foam brush. Once that reacted and dried, I used a cheap Chip Brush to dry brush fine lines of the Iron Paint and Vintage Duck Egg over the rust patina. Chip Brushes are great for dry brushing since the bristles tend to be a little uneven. Just barely dab the end in paint and lightly blot on a paper towel before brushing it on your DIY Faux Metal Finish.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
For the top, I used a wet layer of Bronze, then gently spread 4 light sprays of Blue Patina Paint across the canvas with a foam brush. For the bottom, I used a wet layer of Copper, then gently spread 4 light sprays of Green Patina Paint across the canvas with a foam brush.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
My first 4 tests with Copper Paint. The top left is Green Patina lightly sprayed across wet Copper Paint. Top Right is Green Patina sprayed over dry Copper paint then spread around in swirls, with a foam brush. The bottom 2 use Blue Patina, but the swirled on dry is on the left and the sprayed on wet is on the right. Please note: Dixie Belle recommends spraying the Patina on the metal paint while it is still wet. I just wanted to see what would happen on dry paint. It still reacts on dry, but not as much as on wet. Especially with the Iron, which seems to react even less than the Bronze and Copper when dry.
Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
My first 4 tests with Bronze Paint. The top left is Green Patina lightly sprayed across wet Bronze Paint. Top Right is Green Patina sprayed over dry Bronze paint then spread around in swirls, with a foam brush. The bottom 2 use Blue Patina, but the swirled on dry is on the left and the sprayed on wet is on the right.

That’s it, that’s How to Patina Paint DIY Faux Metal Finishes! There must be hundreds more ways to play around with these paints and patinas. Have fun playing around with the finish and patina you love most, or get the full set from the Dixie Belle Paint Company Shop. I love them!!!!!!  And as always, let me know if you have any questions!

Over 20 different Patina Paint Faux Metal Finish examples with info on how to DIY them. Great guide for picking the look you want before buying. How to Patina Paint with Copper, Bronze, and Iron paints using blue and green patinas. Testing done with Dixie Belle Patina Paints.
I’m keeping the last 12 faux finishes for a special project I’ll share next week! Thanks for reading how to Patina Paint DIY Metal Finishes!

Need to strip an old finish off your project first? Check out my Easy DIY Paint Stripping Steps.

Easy DIY Steps for Stripping Paint from Wood Furniture. Simple to follow guide for how to strip paint on wood furniture, cabinets, steps, and floors.

And try this easy DIY Pottery Barn Knock Off Textile Art. I saved $300 off the Pottery Barn price.  🙂

DIY Pottery Barn Knock Off Textile Art for between $10 and $20 each. This DIY saved me over $300, guys! And you get to pick the fabric color and style that matches your room. This is a super easy DIY Wall Decor Idea.


Feeling inspired? Now that you know How to Patina Paint DIY Faux Metal Finishes, get to it! Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Don’t forget to sign up for the Abbotts At Home email newsletter to get DIY, Remodeling, and Crafty ideas in your inbox.

14 thoughts on “How to Patina Paint DIY Metal Finishes, with 20 Examples!

  1. You must have had such fun playing with this product line. The effects are gorgeous.

  2. This is awesome! I can’t believe these are canvases. You did a fantastic job with each of the different styles. I can’t wait to see the special project you’re creating!

    • Thanks, Marie. I’m so glad I tested it out. I have almost zero artistic talent and was able to make these look pretty good without much work. This paint is great!

  3. I have worked with Dixie Belle Paint products too and they are truly fun to work with.

  4. WOW!!!! Love all the different effects you can get. I really struggle to find Dixie Belle Paint here in South Africa. I’m going to have to see if I can order some online. Really loving the effects you can get

  5. Beautiful! I love the different effects : ) #happynowlinkup

  6. I would love to try making patina diy. Love all the textures. Pinned & sharing. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party @DearCreatives See you again soon.

  7. GREAT post! Pinned to use later!

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