Patina: discover 60 ideas of this solution in easy furniture and tutorials

Patina is one of those simple and inexpensive solutions capable of changing the face of a mobile. This ancient technique appeals to a lot of people, but not everyone knows exactly what it is and how it is made. Is that you? Knows? Like it?

Firstly, the patina, in its origin, refers to the chemical compound that forms naturally on the surface of metallic objects thanks to the effect of weather and climate.

This visually interesting effect was artificially reproduced by French artists and artisans of the 18th century, when the first references to the use of the patina technique arose. In Brazil, the patina reached its peak in the 1990s and then fell into disuse. However, the technique has returned refreshed in recent years and it seems to have come to stay for another good time.

Basically, patina is a technique that consists of the application of layers of paint that are later sanded to the point of leaving the wood apparent, giving in fact the impression that the furniture is old and worn.

Despite being widely used in furniture, the patina can also be used on walls, doors and anvil. And do not even think that patina is all the same because it is not no. There are different patina application techniques that differ especially by the end result. Know below the main types of patina:

Types of patina

1. Provencal patina

We can say that the patina of Provencal style is the mother of all other patinas, precisely because this was the first mode of application of patina created and also the simplest to be done.

In the Provençal patina, the whole surface of the furniture is painted, but are the corners and the edges that gain the most worn appearance. Another important characteristic of this type of patina is that the paint used is always white or another very light tone on a dark brown background, which refers to the traditional color of the wood.

The Provençal patina gives to the furniture - or the surface that is applied - a touch of delicacy and romanticism.

2. Demolition patina

The demolition patina has a more rustic look and is ideal to be applied in farm furniture or country style. Another feature that sets this style is the use of vivid colors to create the patina effect.

3. Colorful patina

The colorful patina, as its name suggests, has no color restrictions and is generally all done with vivid and striking colors. This special patina technique looks great when the intention is to enhance a furniture in the decoration and create a livelier and livelier environment.

4. Mexican Patina

The Mexican patina is also very colorful. The difference between this type of patina with the previous one is that here the colors are applied mixed in the bottom of the piece. For finishing, a lighter, softer tone is usually used. The colors most used in this type of patina are yellow, orange and red.

5. Washed patina or satiné

The washed patina, also known as Satiné, is made with soft tones, usually in the combination of tone on tone. This type of patina is also characterized by diluting the paint in water leaving it well watered creating the impression that the paint was actually washed from the furniture.

Each type of patina gives a different effect to the surface on which it was applied, creating from a rustic and elaborate look to something more classic and romantic. It is up to you to define which style fits most with the décor of your home.

Now that you know what patina is and what its main types, how about putting your hand in the dough and learn how to apply the technique on your furniture, walls, doors and other objects? We've selected a few step by step for you to do it all by yourself in your home. Check out:

How To Make Provencal Patina

How to make demolition patina with blue background

Mexican patina: complete step by step

Learn how to make colorful patina

Tips to make patina at home

  • Sanding and cleaning are very important patina steps. Make sure that all parts of the cabinet have been sanded properly to receive the paint layer. After sanding, clean the cabinet thoroughly with a soft, dry cloth;
  • All types of finishes such as varnish, lacquer or paint need to be removed before applying the patina. To do this, use a suitable remover for the type of finish of your furniture and then sand thoroughly until all the waste is removed;
  • It is very important that you wait for the recommended drying time for each coat of paint, this will ensure the satisfactory result for your patina;
  • The most used inks for the application of patina are the type of PVA, synthetic enamels based on water or paint suitable for handicrafts;
  • Any color can be used for patina application, however white is the most used especially if the intent is to create the Provencal effect;
  • Use a fine sandpaper to highlight even more edges, corners and embossments of the furniture;
  • The greenish, blue and orange tones are very used in the technique of the patina precisely because it is the natural tone that the metal acquires when aging, therefore to leave its patina even more realistic and faithful to the origin bet in these colors;

60 pictures of patina in furniture for you to be inspired

This post could not end without showing a beautiful and passionate selection of photos of environments that bet on the charms of the patina. There are 60 inspiring and creative images for you to bring home too. Check out:

Picture 1 - This room is pure charm and delicacy with the closet and the table in patina; note, however, that the wear and tear on the coffee table is much greater than that in the cupboard

This room is pure charm and delicacy with the closet and the small table in patina

Picture 2 - The white patina, or Provençal, was chosen to give the finishing in the table, in the chairs and in the door stop; further in the background, the dark door also received the aged appearance of the patina

The white patina, or Provençal, was chosen to finish the table, the chairs and the doorframe; further in the background, the dark door also received the aged appearance of the patina

Picture 3 - In this environment the motto is 'the more worn, the better!'

In this environment the motto is 'the more worn, the better!'

Picture 4 - In this double room was the nightstand that received the patina in the tone of turquoise .

In this double room was the nightstand that received the patina in the tone of turquoise

Picture 5 - Here, the patina was applied in the screen with a very soft frayed effect; the decoupage, another coating technique completes the furniture.

Here the patina was applied to the screen with a very soft worn effect; decoupage, another coating technique, complete the furniture

Picture 6 - There are no limits to the application of patina; in this room it was used on the floor.

There are no limits to the application of patina; in this room it was used on the floor

Picture 7 - Give a new face to the mirror using patina in the frame.

Give a new face to the mirror using patina on the frame

Picture 8 - To match the colorful patina of the dresser, a fabric in the same colors; note that the wall also received the technique.

To match the colorful patina of the dresser, a fabric in the same colors; note that the wall also received the technique

Picture 9 - The patina enters this kitchen discreetly and delicately through the cup holder.

The patina enters this kitchen discreetly and delicately through the cup holder

Picture 10 - The wooden table was more charming with the bench and the chairs in white patina.

The wooden table was more charming with the bench and chairs in white patina

Picture 11 - The classic decoration room bet on a buffet with patina effect to be even more welcoming.

The classic decoration room bet on a patina-inspired buffet to stay even more welcoming

Picture 12 - A pallet bed won a headboard in patina: the project could not be more complete.

The bed of pallets has gained a bedside in patina

Picture 13 - The patina can be used in conjunction with modern furniture as in this image, where the patina mirror frame coexists peacefully with the modern wooden cabinet.

The patina can be used in conjunction with modern furniture as in this image

Picture 14 - For the more daring, turquoise blue chairs with patina finish.

For the more daring, turquoise blue chairs with patina finish

Picture 15 - It has room for patina in the decoration of scandinavian style also; in this case give preference to the white patina.

It has room for patina in Scandinavian style decor too; in this case give preference to the white patina

Picture 16 - A cabinet in patina beyond delicate and romantic.

A wardrobe in patina beyond delicate and romantic

Image 17 - A more natural worn effect can be achieved using neutral and light colors similar to wood color, such as beige or brown.

A more natural worn effect can be achieved using neutral and light colors similar to wood color, such as beige or brown

Picture 18 - For the furniture to be even more charming replace the handles with others of retro model.

For the furniture to be even more charming replace the handles with others of retro model

Image 19 - Reliefs, corners and edges of the furniture can be highlighted using another tone of paint during the patina process.

Reliefs, corners and edges of the furniture can be highlighted using another ink tone during the patina process

Image 20 - The combination of blue and orange is perfect for highlighting the aged patina proposal.

The combination of blue and orange is perfect for highlighting the aged patina proposal

Picture 21 - The discreet table in the corner of the room was valued in the environment by the effect of the patina.

The discreet side table in the corner of the room was valued in the environment by the patina effect

Image 22 - The shelves can also enter the wave of the patina and gain a new and quite different face.

The shelves can also enter the wave of the patina and gain a new face and very different

Picture 23 - The more you sanding the furniture, the more worn and aged it will look.

The more you sanding the furniture, the more worn and aged it will look

Picture 24 - An environment with Provençal decoration demands, almost obligatorily, for a furniture in patina.

An environment with Provencal décor demands, almost obligatorily, a patina furniture

Picture 25 - In this room, the window was chosen to receive the patina.

In this room, the window was chosen to receive the patina

Picture 26 - In antique furniture and luxurious aesthetics the patina also proves a great ally, just wear it with less intensity.

In antique furniture and luxurious aesthetics the patina also proves to be a great ally, it is enough to only wear it with less intensity

Image 27 - The imposing buffet was even more outstanding in the environment with the application of patina.

The imposing buffet was even more outstanding in the environment with the application of patina

Image 28 - The patina does not need to be applied throughout the furniture, here, for example, it was used only in front of the drawers.

The patina does not need to be applied throughout the furniture, here, for example, it was used only in front of the drawers

Picture 29 - The large table is more cozy with the chairs in patina.

The large table is more cozy with the chairs in patina

Picture 30 - Patina on the bathroom wall? Yes, it is possible!

Patina on the bathroom wall? Yes, it is possible!

Picture 31 - Everyone has a mobile at home that no longer knows what to do with it; in such cases, patina may be the solution.

Everyone has a mobile at home that no longer knows what to do with it; in these cases, patina may be the solution

Picture 32 - Each chair of a color, but all of them properly marked by the effect of the patina.

Each chair of a color, but all of them properly marked by the effect of patina

Picture 33 - The lavender wardrobe took advantage of the charm of the patina to be even more delicate.

The lavender wardrobe took advantage of the charm of the patina to be even more delicate

Picture 34 - The furniture is old, but the colors used for the patina refer to a modern and current decoration.

The furniture is antique, but the colors used for the patina refer to a modern and current decoration

Image 35 - Pallets, patina and some cups: the end result is this one.

Pallets, patina and some cups: the end result is this one

Picture 36 - The Victorian armchairs already lavish class and sophistication naturally, the application of the patina in metallic tone only comes to reinforce the historical air of the furniture.

The Victorian armchairs already exude class and sophistication naturally, the application of the patina in metallic tone comes only to reinforce the historical air of the furniture

Image 37 - It is not enough to be of patina, have to have flowers to stay even more delicate and Provencal.

It is not enough to be of patina, it has to have flowers to stay even more delicate and Provencal

Picture 38 - The patina in the children's wardrobe is beautiful to live!

The patina in the wardrobe of children is beautiful to live

Picture 39 - The outdoor furniture is the champions in the use of the patina and, in fact, combine very well with the outdoor life.

The outdoor furniture is the champions in the use of patina and, in fact, combine very well with outdoor living

Image 40 - The damask tone wall enhances the orange blue of the patina of this cupboard.

The damask tone wall highlights the orange blue of the patina of this cupboard

Picture 41 - A turquoise-blue set for no one to fault.

A turquoise blue set for no one to fault

Image 42 - Created in white patina; highlight the woody background of the furniture.

Created in white patina; highlight the woody background of the furniture

Image 43 - Patina is one of the best and most effective techniques for restoring antique furniture.

Patina is one of the best and most effective techniques for restoring antique furniture

Image 44 - Romantic room bet on the chair in patina to highlight the decoration proposal.

Romantic room bet on the chair in patina to highlight the decoration proposal

Picture 45 - To the white bathroom a pink furniture in patina: a combination full of charm.

For the white bathroom a pink furniture in patina: a combination full of charm

Picture 46 - In this other bathroom the green patina was used throughout the wall.

In that other bathroom the green patina was used across the wall

Picture 47 - Another perfect inspiration of furniture in patina for the children's room.

Another perfect inspiration from patina furniture to the children's room

Picture 48 - The discreet patina does not change almost anything the original appearance of the furniture.

The discreet patina does not change almost anything the original appearance of the furniture

Image 49 - The washed patina was the technique chosen for the finishing of this door.

The washed patina was the technique chosen for finishing this door

Picture 50 - And where it has furniture, it has patina! In this room, she even appears on the piano.

And where it has furniture, it has patina! In this room she appears even on the piano

Picture 51 - One of the characteristics of the patina is its ability to make the environments more welcoming and cozy.

One of the characteristics of the patina is its ability to make the environments more cozy and welcoming

Picture 52 - The chest of drawers with gold handles received very well the proposal of a dark green patina.

The dresser with gold handles received the proposal of a dark green patina very well

Picture 53 - Patina in the Christmas ornament : Did you see how versatile the technique is?

Patina in the Christmas Ornament: Did you see how versatile the technique is?

Picture 54 - For each rule of the table a differentiated application of the patina.

For each rule of the table a differentiated application of patina

Picture 55 - The table of solid wood won the company of chairs with white patina.

The solid wood table won the company of chairs with white patina

Picture 56 - And this purple bookcase with patina? Somewhat unexpected to you?

And this purple bookcase with patina? Somewhat unexpected to you?

Picture 57 - In this room, the patina enters the frames of the pictures.

In this room, the patina enters the frames of the pictures

Image 58 - The patina on the wall may seem a bold idea at first, but after seeing a project like that the thing changes figure.

The patina on the wall may seem a bold idea at first, but after seeing a project like that the thing changes of figure

Image 59 - Romantic, classic and with patina on all sides.

Romantic, classic and patina on all sides

Picture 60 - The bed and bedside table of this room are completed in the proposal of use of the patina.

The bed and nightstand of this room is completed in the proposal to use patina

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