How To Paint a Faux Verdigris Finish on Outdoor Furniture

Faux verdigris is a style of painting done on a lot of outdoor furniture to recreate the look of time worn copper. It’s an elegant approach to finishing outdoor furniture. This style can easily be done at home without having to spend a ton of money. Devote an afternoon for this project and you’ll have lovely outdoor furniture to show for at the end of the day. Here’s how to paint a faux verdigris finish on outdoor furniture.

  • Work in a well-ventilated space. Find a clear space to work on this project. You can do this in the backyard or in a garage with the door open. Work on a warm day to hasten the drying process of the paint.
  • Prepare the furniture piece. Determine the item you want to work on. Set it aside and sand the item down. Make sure you clean the piece so paint adheres to the surface of the material and not on any dirt or debris on the surface of the furniture.
  • Bring out the paints and other materials you will need. You will need a paint brush, sponges, a base coat color in beige, three different shades of green paint and paint colors that you can use to highlight the item. Copper or silver are good paint colors to use. You should also have a light blue gray paint.
  • Do the first coat of paint. Apply your beige base color to the outdoor furniture. Because this is the bottom layer, don’t worry about how it will look yet. Let the paint dry.
  • Apply the second coat of paint. When the base layer is ready, you can now start daubing or applying with a sponge the darkest shade of green paint. A deep dark green is a good choice. Do a haphazard application. You only need to paint about 75 to 80 percent of the surface. It’s ok to let the base paint to show. Allow the paint to dry.
  • Daub on a third coat of paint. Get the two lighter green paints. Dilute it with some water but do not combine the two colors together. Use one sponge to apply the medium green and a separate sponge for the lightest green shade. Alternate sponging on the two colors. Allow some areas for the dark green layer to show through.
  • Do the highlights. Get your metallic color paint and dilute it a bit with some water. With a sponge, apply it on the surface of the furniture or object. Let it mix with the other shades of green. If you find that one color is too overwhelming, go ahead and temper it down with some of the dark green paint. Use your eye to judge the color balance.
  • Apply a top coat. Let the paint dry. This may take an entire afternoon or even a few days. Get your blue gray paint and dilute it with water. With a sponge, gently daub it on the surface of the furniture. This gives it that final touch.

Allow each layer of paint to dry properly before applying the next layer. When you paint, let some of the color from the previous layer show through. This is what gives the finish that unique and beautiful look. This finish can be done on planters, patio furniture and other outdoor accessories.


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