How to make your furniture look "Ocean Chic"

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Paint your furniture "Ocean Chic"

If you're anything like me, you probably love rusty gold. Rusty things are plain cool and look great in any kind of home decor. Rather than looking for rusty things to fit into your decor, why not take a decor piece you already love and make it look rusty?

The chest in this post that I painted, had its place in our hallway for years. Over time it got badly damaged by dog teeth and cat claws. I never threw it out because I knew one day, I was going to "do something with it" Well, that day has come and I am going to share with you what I did to give this chest a, what I call "Ocean Chic" look.

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Supplies needed for this project

Are you ready to transform that old piece of furniture into something magical? This is what I used for Project Ocean Chic:

Are you ready to transform that old piece of furniture into something magical? This is what I used for Project Ocean Chic:

Normally I don’t sand the furniture pieces that I paint unless it’s necessary. In this case, I had to. The chest was full of kitten claw and dog bite marks and I sanded it to even the surface out.

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Lightly sanded and cleaned with Dixie Belle White Lightning

Prepping your surface

You start by cleaning your furniture with Dixie Belle White Lightning. This is a powder that you make your cleaner with. Put 1 tablespoon of white lightning in a ½ a gallon of warm water. Put it in a spray bottle, shake and spray onto your furniture. With a rag, wipe it off and clean it. You’ll be surprised at how much gunk and grease comes off. After you are done cleaning, take a spray bottle with just water and spray onto the surface you just cleaned and wipe off with a new rag to make sure no residue is left behind. Your piece is now ready for painting!

Ready for painting

I started by painting the chest with Dixie Belle Coffee Bean. This is a beautiful dark color and will look amazing with patina over it. You can use any color you want, but I really like something super dark if I am going to use patina paint. I painted it with 2 coats to ensure total coverage.

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Painted in Dixie Belle Coffee Bean

TIP: Always paint with a damp brush. Have a water mister handy at all times! I either mist the brush or the surface a little bit, so the paint spreads better and goes a lot further.

Adding texture

After the coffee bean dries you are ready for the next layer. This is when you apply the texture you want. You will need the following for this step:

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Supplies needed to make the texture mix

Put 1 scoop of Sea Spray in the mixing cup and add a little Iron paint. When you stir using your stir stick, it will probably because too dry, so add little by little some more paint and keep stirring until you have a thick, batter-like consistency. If you accidentally made it too thin, no worries, just add a little bit more Sea Spray. For this project, I used 1 scoop of Sea Spray with about half a jar (approx. 4 oz) of Iron paint.

Pro tip

TIP: Make sure you not only SHAKE the patina paint really well before using it but also stir it with your stir stick. Patina Paint incorporates real metal and naturally reacts as the patina spray is applied and you want to make sure that is stirred properly into the paint, as it tends to sink to the bottom.

When you have the right consistency, you take your chip brush and stipple the mixture wherever you want the texture. For this project, I did it all over (minus a few parts on the side) because I want it to look like it’s been in the ocean for a long time.

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You want the mixture to have a batter-like consistency

If you have any texture on your surface such as molds, really get in there good with the brush. This is why you use a cheap chip brush because once you’re done, you’re throwing it out.

When you have applied all the texture you want, you will want to let it dry and harden for a few hours before you move on to the next step. Once it dries, it will look like you applied a layer of cement. I let this piece dry and harden for about 2 hours.

The rusting process

Now that your piece is dry, we’re going to apply another layer of the Iron patina paint over the surface and start the “rusting” process. For this part you will need the following:

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Patina Iron paint and green patina spray are needed to start creating the rusty look

Stipple the iron paint over those areas where you want a rusty look. For this project, I did it all over, even in the areas where I did not put texture (on the side) and once you have applied the paint, take the green patina spray and spray it over the surface you just painted. I like the drippy effect so I just let it go, but if you don’t like drips you can carefully dab those away with a clean rag. As soon as you apply the patina spray over the iron paint, you can see that rust is starting to form right away.

Pro tip

TIP: Patina paint tends to dry faster than other Dixie Belle paints, so I apply it on one part of the surface and spray it with the patina spray before I move on to another part. You have to spray the patina paint before it dries and it dries pretty quick. In this case, I did the sides first, then the front and then the top.

Now here is the important thing about using the patina spray: patience! It takes time to achieve the look you want. After you apply the green patina spray, walk away, let it sit and let it do its thing. The longer you leave it, the more magic happens. I let this piece dry for about 2 hours.

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Rust is forming after applying the patina spray

The patina process

Now that your piece is happily rusting out for hours to come, we are going to apply another layer that is going to give it that old, patina look. For this you will need the following:

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Supplies needed to create the patina look

With patina paint, you always want to apply 2 layers. The first one you let dry, the second one you use the patina spray on.

Shake and stir your Bronze Patina paint and apply/stipple it where you want to blue patina to show up. As you can see I applied it randomly all over making sure I hit all the corners, and let it dry for about an hour.

Then you apply your second coat of bronze and like with the iron, you want to work fast because the patina paint dries fairly fast. Apply the Blue Patina Spray over the bronze paint and let it sit. I did one side at the time to make sure the paint didn’t dry out before applying the patina spray

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Randomly apply the bronze paint

You're done!

Voila, you’re done! All you have to do now is let it do its thing. I let it all sit overnight and when I woke up the next morning, this is what it looked like. Doesn’t that look like it’s been underwater for a century? Awesome right? I called it "Ocean Chic" for a reason. This is going to look great in your home!

I don’t seal this piece. Wax or Gator Hide, which I normally use to seal paint” can make the patina look darker and I don’t want to take anything away from this crusty, chippy goodness! I simply let it cure for 30 days.

Project Ocean Chic is done! I think I am hooked on patina! On to the next project!

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