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DIY Garden Arbor with Faux Patina ~ Build Plans

If you are just joining in, we have been working in our back yard this summer giving it a much needed facelift. First, was our DIY compost bin, then our DIY fire pit. Today we are sharing the next stage of our renovations – our DIY garden arbor with play area. It began like this…

Back Yard Wood Pile Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

Yep, a hot mess. Each winter we run through a WHOLE LOTTA firewood. This is our wood pile that is normally full to the brim. However, I snapped this at the beginning of spring when we can break out of our cabin fever and get outside to clean up winter mess. Normally this is covered with a giant tarp, so my kids stick their bikes here to keep them out of the weather as our shed is full too. (next on my hit list)

Since 2003, I have had the pleasure of looking out our dining area and seeing this… Read more

Repurposed Farmhouse Metal Art

Who doesn’t love a good thrift store run, right? Recently, I came across a good load and included in it were these two metal farm animals – a cow and a rooster. I have an addiction, not only to farmhouse stuff, but also to quirky metal art and these fit the bill.

Thrifted Metal Cow and Rooster | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

My belief is that these originally came from Hobby Lobby and they are actually lanterns. Each one has a spot where you can insert a votive candle and see the light peeking out of the holes. I had to giggle because the rooster was missing his legs and I thought…what am I going to do with that? My kids loved them and I knew I could find some sort of purpose for them.

In all of my repurposing projects, I head out to my stash and almost instantly something speaks to me. Here is what I dragged in…

Reclaimed Wood for Farmhouse Metal Art | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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What you see is a barn wood plank on the bottom, two leftover table legs from my wooden totes, some luan remnants, a dowel, and a chunk of leftover wood from our clients custom open shelving made from 1800’s beech. Have I intrigued you yet? hee hee hee. Read more

Faux Zinc Finish with Paint

One of my favorite naturally occurring things on this planet is patina. But, “What’s patina?” you say. The definition by the book is, “a surface appearance of something grown beautiful especially with age or use”. Patina is what today’s post is all about…creating beauty without having to wait decades, years, or even days. I am going to show you how to take most anything, even a box store plastic planter like this one found at Wal-Mart for $21 look like faux zinc…

You can create a timeless faux zinc finish by only using paint. Come see the step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to achieve this look in a day by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

…to achieve a timeless time-worn beauty like this.

You can create a timeless faux zinc finish by only using paint. Come see the step-by-step DIY tutorial on how to achieve this look in a day by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

DIY Aged Copper Patina Tutorial

A paint brush has been my best friend this summer. (when isn’t it, really?) I have painted our entire exterior of our home, twice, by myself.  That doesn’t include the furniture pieces I have done as well.  I guess that makes me a lean, mean, paintin’ machine…or just plain nuts. ahem.

One of the changes I wanted to do was to fix up an old aluminum awning on our back door with a DIY aged copper patina.  Totally 1950’s style, ugly awning.  And, while I was at it, I thought I would also dress up an aluminum window box I took off the front of our home and was planning to put on our shed.  Nothing goes to waste around here.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Since our home is taking on a more rustic appeal, I wanted to give these metal items an earthy look.  In my mind, there was no other way to go than an aged copper look.  You know, the lovely copper color with a green cast to it…oooh…perfect patina.

This time, though, a spray paint and a rag are my best friends.  Follow along and I’ll show you how to make anything; wood, metal, plastic, into a faux tarnished copper piece.

DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I have really come to love the newer Rustoleum spray paint products with all the different metals…hammered, aged, and rustic, and it sticks to anything.  Right away I knew I wanted to use their Aged Copper spray paint.  These cans are great!   You can spray in any angle, whether upside down or not, the flow never cuts off (unless it needs shaken).

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Getting all the chippy paint off and giving it a good cleaning was the first step. I had no idea what the top looked like before I took it down. Geesh.
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Next I sprayed like none other. (Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area!!)

Tip: When spraying a surface or object, make sure you begin spraying before you hit the piece and continue until you’re off the piece – working in back-and-forth motions.  This will give a nice even look.

Here’s after only the first coat.

DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesAfter 3 coats (which took 3 full cans to do both awning top & underside + flower box), allowing for drying time in between, I was ready for the next step.

Most aged copper not only has that awesome bluish-green cast to it, but it also gets a dark mottling or splotchy marks.  So, in order to achieve that look, I took dark gray paint and thinned it with a little water, then took an old t-shirt rag and dipped it in.  I pounced all over and under the awning and window box, making it as random as possible, and darker in some places than others.

DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Once that coat dried, I dipped my gloved fingers back into the thinned gray paint and flicked splotches all over in a random manner.  Tapping it lightly with a rag so the drops didn’t look round.  That extra bit really gave it a true aging look.

My end idea was to get an in-process copper aging, not a completely green color.  In order to do that, I took a minty green paint and thinned it like the gray paint earlier.  This time I did a glazing; wiping it all over and then wiping it off with a cotton cloth leaving a little behind here and there – all the while giving it a that luscious green color cast.

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Just simply wipe it on with a generous amount, allowing it to fill in any nooks and crannies.

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Then gently wipe off, leaving a washed layer behind.

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Because I knew my awning was going to take a lot of weather abuse, I also decided to give it a top coat with a matte sealer to give it a bit more life.  (I really didn’t want to have to take it down and redo it any time soon – remember, I’ve been painting for months!!) I did not extra coat the flower box, because it would be out of the weather.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
See those specks that create that natural weathered look?
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Here they are put back into place and adding a rustic touch to the exterior of our home.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI like the effect the awning gives and it still serves as a functional part of our home.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Here’s the underside that I see all the time.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
I love the look and am so glad I have the ability to do these types of treatments myself with just a bit of time and paint.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesOur sweet little shed now is ready to be dressed up and the box adds that extra homey touch.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Yes, I realize there are no flowers in the “flower box”, but I haven’t had a lick of time to do anything but paint.  tsk.  Soon they’ll be some planted.
DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesI also did the same finish to the metal roof on the cupola on our garage and the top of our whole house vent. All this bit of extra effort creates a coordinating blend from the front of the house to the rear where the awning is.

DIY Faux Copper Patina with Rust-Oleum Spray Paint by Prodigal PIeces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Here’s a little ditty I sang to myself while up there: (didn’t know I sing while I work, did you? tsk.)

“Up on the housetop, Mama paints.

It’s all good until she faints.

Give her a hammer with lots of nails.

She’ll come down when the kiddies wail.”

{applause}

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Now onto our shutters and window boxes for the rest of the house.  sigh.  Maybe I’ll show you how to do that too…if you say pretty please!  I will share before and after photos of our home when and if we ever get it done, so become a follower to see the progress.

Give this finish a try…I know you’ll LOVE it!!

More makeover project for you:

Budget-Friendly French Farmhouse Master Bedroom Makeover Final Reveal by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

DIY Walk-In Closet Makeover with Barn Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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