DIY Verdigris Paint Project

Give metal pieces an aged look in a few hours with this do-it-yourself verdigris paint technique.

What You Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Metal primer
  • Krylon spray paint (Blue Ocean Breeze and Copper Brilliance)
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Disposable rubber gloves
  • 2 Disposable plastic tubs
  • Small sea sponge
  • Krylon Crystal Clear or Krylon UV-Resistant Clear

How to Make It:

  1. Place the project on newspaper to protect your work surface. Make sure the piece is free of rust and oil. Apply primer to seal the surface.
  2. Spray the entire piece with one coat of Blue Ocean Breeze paint. First complete one side, let dry, then spray the other side, let dry.
  3. Spray the piece with a light mist of water. Wearing rubber gloves, spray Light Anodized Bronze paint into a plastic tub to form a puddle of paint. Dip a sponge into the paint and wipe lightly and evenly over the project; let dry.
  4. Repeat Step 3 using Copper Brilliance; let dry.
  5. To protect your finished project, spray several light coats of Krylon Crystal Clear or, if the project will be used outdoors or near a window, Krylon UV-Resistant Clear; let dry.

1 Comment

  1. The list of needed items omits the Light Anodized Bronze paint used in step 3 the first time. Also, although it isn't clarified, I'm assuming the purpose of spraying the water on the project before applying paint is to prevent the new layer of oil-based paint from sticking well in spots to achieve a random pattern? Explaining this might be helpful to some.


All Topics in Paint Projects


Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.