Welcome back to Finding Inspiration! This week we’re looking at a concept, a term, and a goal for faux finishers – achieving patina. Let’s start with the basics, what is patina? Take out your handy-dandy dictionary (or dictionary.com) and read along with me…

noun
1. a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value.
2. a similar film or coloring appearing gradually on some other substance.
3. a surface calcification of implements, usually indicating great age.
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Put simply, it’s the look something gets from being around for awhile. This can be rust, oxidation, dings and dents, cracking paint, wear and tear, chipping, or discoloration. It’s something that we aspire to recreate when we’re painting a piece of furniture and want to make it look old.
Pictures just can’t do patina justice. To really get inspired you need to go to the source. Antique stores are a great place to see how pieces of furniture wore over the years. And best of all, it’s authentic! One of our favorite places to go is the Painted Lady in Lincolnville. She finds the most amazing, unique, and old things. Any time we need a refresher on patina we scope out what new old pieces our local antique shops have in stock.
Once you have your inspiration there’s several ways to achieve patina with Chalk Paint, Milk Paint, and Artisan Enhancements. Annie’s books, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, and Color Recipes give really good tutorials as well as Miss Mustard Seed’s new book. Visit our video tutorials and FAQ pages for helpful tips and tricks. Also, for those of you who don’t live near Maine Country Home, your local stockist will be able to give you all the instruction you’ll need. And you’re always welcome to call, email, or stop in and see us!

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