Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Plastic Bag Patina

There's one last project that was done during our Florida week.  Geo has these chairs that sit in her driveway.  She has no patio area on the street side of the house.  The front door is tucked back off a long walkway up the side.  When we are in town, we spend significant time sitting in the driveway, as the kids bike, scooter, play catch, trucks or whatever.  She has talked lots about adding a little patio there, but the edge of the driveway works just great.  We have always sat on the the low beach chairs stored in the garage before,  but she recently found some nice little black metal chairs, which are a much more comfortable seat. 

Geo and I decided to add some fun to her space by redo'ing her chairs.  We used her exterior lights as our inspiration color.

We used spray paint to create a faux metallic patina to match the light.  We needed the durablitlity that exterior spray paint provides for the Florida elements, and we didn't want to spend lots on supplies, since we have very little use of these at the Florida house.

After priming the  chairs with Zinsser oil spray primer, I used 5 colors of spray paint.  A slate blue, glossy mid tone blue, beige, oil rubbed bronze, and graphite were chosen.  

For the initial color, I sprayed very thin layers of all except ORB.  I used a different color each layer.  Many light layers were done.   A camouflage mottled appearance was the result.    At this point I let the chairs throughly dry and cure.  

To create the aged metallic patina,  I used the following technique using plastic grocery store bags.
  1. Turn bag inside out.  Place hand inside bag.
  2. Spray ORB onto bag.  Spray 2 other colors over the ORB.  One light spray of each color is all you need.  (See photo for quantity)  Scrunch bag around to mix colors.   
  3. Lightly wipe onto item painted, moving quickly not to cover to much.  Wipe in same direction on the entire area.  (For example, down the chair leg.  On flat areas (chair surface), patina was "sponged" on with the bag).
  4. Use same area of bag only 3-4 times.  When bag is totally saturated discard and use new bag.  The bag may start to stick to the item when it is too saturated.
  5. Alternate colors sprayed into bag.
  6. Repeat over entire piece repeating areas until desired patina is achieved.  Be sure to let paint cure between layers.  The wiping will pull of old layers of paint if it isn't fully cured.

I then did a light sanding on a few spots to unify the areas where different work areas on the piece overlapped.  Light sanding also creates some fun aged metallic texture.  Clear coating after sanding is a good idea, especially if the pieces are for outside.

Now Geo has a  great little area for a chat with neighbors, or to play trucks when we visit. 

Do you have any unique ways you use a can of spray paint?  Do you brush it?  Sponge it?  How else do you use it?  I would love to hear!

PS.  If you didn't meet Geo yet, you can meet her here.  

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Something Nice and Pretty said...

They turned out so nice, I never thought to use plastic bags with spraypaint, thanks for the tip!

Debbiedoo's said...

That turned out beautiful. I really do not have a unique way...I just spray and go. I have done some distressing afterwards. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.

Lorrie said...

Love the finish you created with the plastic bags! Visiting from Debbiedo's Newbie party, I'm now a follower here!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Great idea! I'm a spray paint novice (it's banned in the city of Chicago so I have to head to the burbs to get it) but I like your technique and the chairs look great!



Miss Kitty said...

Thanks for sharing how you achieved such a great patina on those chairs! They really look great. I saw your post over at Debbie Doos. I am following you now.

Stephanie said...

That is a great look. I love spray paint and always have some on hand for those paint emergencies. I have never tried layering so many colors. Seems like fun - I've gotta try it.

Karen at Bargain-ista.com said...

These look so nice! Love the patina! I used a plastic bag to faux finish my closet once but never thought of using it on furniture...

Sherry said...

I never thought to use spray paint for faux patina but your chairs turned out nice. Thanks so much for sharing your technique. I'm a new follower and would love if you could follow me back. Tx

Misti said...

That looks great! I haven't done anything like that on furniture!

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