The workshop of the four seasons
The technique of the patina gives an aged and very decorative look to the furniture. But did you know that depending on the desired effect, different finishing techniques exist?
Would you like to give an old piece of furniture that hangs out in the attic or that you've tried without giving any idea of where to start and what aspect to give it? Here are the tips of three pros patina, for three different finishes. The base remains the same: strip, sand, apply the different layers.1. The worn finish
This rocker made by Christel Georges, trainer at Cottage and Patine was made from a cream dye. For the worn finish, she used abrasive paper to rub the protruding parts to reproduce the mark of time. "You have to go slowly, to get a balanced work out, the goal is to get back to the wood, and therefore to go through the underlay to get a country-chic effect." For this finish, it is useful to work with some thought, not being too eager to be able to put his furniture in the dining room, you have to know take a step back, go back, edit, always small touches, never symmetrical way, for an authentic effect.
Christel's advice : choose a special wood underlay, to avoid tannin rising. And, for a little touch a little more current, family home style, she chose to add a chicken wire.2. The pigment finish
For a very natural rendering and a perfectly mastered shade Catherine Guisbert of Chez Patine and compagniea chose to apply the paint to the pigment as the last layer. As she defines herself, this apprentice witch had to make many mixtures before arriving at her ideal shade. "I use a matt acrylic linen paint, to which I add pigments powder.The trick is to mix the pigments with a little water, then mix them with paint.For the pigments, I usually choose This technique requires patience, because the pigments do not show until after several hours, so it is important that the paint rests ".
Catherine's advice : small stencils with acrylic matte paint add a modern touch. And for the finish, with a look always natural, it replaces the pumice paper with a cloth soaked with alcohol to burn, to create the worn appearance.3. The candle finish
The candle finish makes sanding easier and does not have to rub too much, as the paint does not adhere to the candle. To make the sub-layers appear, Florence from the Atelier des four saisons applies several sub-layers, of different colors, then rubs a candle on the desired places, according to the color she wants to leave to the finish. The candle will allow the upper layer to hang badly, and therefore to bring out easily the underlayment. "For my console," she explains, "the paint on the underside is white, then pepper, and finally slate, and I applied my candle to the edges. The layering of the layers gives an aged side, the furniture".
Florence's advice : for a patina that lasts, it is absolutely necessary to sand and wash the furniture before any application. For zinc parts (here the console tray), it lets it age naturally by adding water on it from time to time.