Patina Sconce

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patina sconce distress paintThis sconce was hanging on a wall in one of my thrift store hideouts for months. I kept seeing it every time I went in, I would glance at it and think that it had potential, but it was brown early American wood, which made it tough to see what it could become. One evening I was drooling on Pinterest and I saw it, that ugly old sconce with a fabulous patina paint job!

Well you know I bought it that week! I got home and realized I lost the Pinterest pic, I forgot to pin it!! So… I winged it and painted it teal, with patina!

distressed Sconce

Obsessing over finding that pic on Pinterest….I then found these light colored babies by Adian Gray of Layla Grayce!

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So I got to work painting and patining some more. About twenty coats of paint later is my top version above. I used Spray Paint then countless coats of plaid acrylic paint, let dry, only for around 5-10 minutes and then wipe them hard in one direction to smear and patina them with a paper towel.

If the paint is too dry it won’t get the patina look to it. You can use sand paper, but I found it removed too much of the paint. Then I painted a white in the creases for a white wash look and rubbed it off with a paper towel! I painted the black base with brown texture spray paint to make it look rusted! I would love to see more versions….I just may have to paint it again.. Good Luck!

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  1. 2.28.12

    wonderful. that sure was a ‘questionable’ coloring before. love that blue. it’s a bit beachy!

  2. 2.27.12
    Christine said:

    Very VERY nice!!!

    I hope you’ll share it on my blog:

  3. 2.25.12
    Sarah said:

    I think that it turned out super cute, but 20 coats of paint? Girl, you have more patience than me!
    BTW I’m stopping by from A Bowl Full of Lemons and am your newest follower. If you have time I’d love for you to stop over at Adventures of Our Fami-Ly and take a look at my blog.

    Have a great weekend,

  4. 2.25.12
    Honey said:

    Charming transformation! Thank you for sharing your creativity at Potpourri Friday!

  5. 2.24.12
    Kelly said:

    I love the teal color although I would not be as patient as you were with 20 coats of paint. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday.

  6. 2.24.12
    jennifer said:

    very pretty!

  7. 2.24.12

    I love this idea! The colors all mixed together turned out perfect!


  8. 2.24.12
    Cynthia said:

    Very cute! Sometimes it’s hard to see the potential. Anyways, it looks great!

  9. 2.23.12
    Lyndsey said:

    OMG I have the same sconce!! I found mine at a thrift store too – I painted mine gold!! It hangs out in my master bedroom that is gold turquoise white and grey!! I love that you have the same one :)

  10. 2.23.12
    Maysem said:

    Beautiful job! Love the color! They turned out amazing!

  11. 2.22.12

    great job!

  12. 2.21.12
    Elisa said:

    Theses are awesome – I love it when a plan comes together! Good job!

  13. 2.19.12
    Katie said:

    I am your newest linky Follower! Found you through a blog hop! Would love to have you follow me back! I would love for you to link up some of your creative projects on my “Homemade By You” link party that is held on Wednesdays!

  14. 2.18.12
    Arod said:

    I like it in the teal looks springy

  15. 2.18.12

    Kim I think you did a great job! Love them now they’re blue! Have a nice Sunday!