I found this ceramic column in my local thrift store, it was the perfect piece to display one of my plants from my growing collection. Since the colour did not work I decided to use Dixie Belle Paint to create an aged patina effect. Here are the materials I used and steps on how you can easily replicate this look. here to edit.
I started by giving this column a good cleaning with Dixie Belle’s White Lightning to remove any dirt and residue.
Once it was completely dry, I used Gravel Road and painted it as my base colour.
Using my wax paper as a paint palette, I added my colours Hurricane Grey, Caviar, Putty, Driftwood and Hampton Olive. This is a great way to have all of your colours on hand and mix colours if needed.
Once my base coat was completely dry, I used driftwood to create a colour wash. I dipped my brush into the paint, then into a small container of water and began applying it in small sections. I gently wiped back the colour wash with a damp shop rag, pushing it into the crevices. I continued this step layering on each colour and blending it into the finish with a clean brush to get an aged patina.
Using a clean brush, I added a light dry brushing of Caviar and Driftwood. To dry brush, dip your brush into a small amount of paint and then wipe off excess (until it’s almost dry) and then gently wipe the side of your brush along the ridges of the column, along the base and in the crevices at the top to add some depth.
Once my column was completely dry, I used my Best Dang wax brush to apply a thin layer of Best Dang wax in clear. I waited 15 minutes and then buffed with a shop rag.
To add more depth, I used Gilding wax in Zinc and Black. I used a shop rag to apply it to the base and ridges of the column. After 12 hours I lightly buffed it.
And that’s it! You have created a gorgeous aged patina effect. This is a great technique to have some fun with and try experimenting with different colour combinations. Happy painting!