Patina: 5 mistakes to avoid to skate furniture

Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Nicolas Suk

rejuvenating breath of antique wooden furniture and outdated furniture, patina is often seen as a quick fix. It is also necessary to master the right techniques and avoid the most common mistakes. Here are our keys to skate an old wooden cabinet with success ...

The patina's dream : Some brush strokes and the old wooden cabinet that we wanted to get rid regains its former beauty and become our new favorite piece! Really ? For sure ? Common mistakes breaking too often this ideal of patina : Poor choice of paint or furniture, precipitation, color mismatched ... To avoid disappointment and too amateurish, Isabelle Ravet, decorator painter reveals the common mistakes she met during classes she exemption. Not to reproduce a piece of advice: read on! 

1st mistake: thinking that the choice of furniture matter

Wood furniture, antique furniture ... If they can all find a new life through the patina, However, the result is more convincing on certain types of furniture than others. Pick one at random is invariably the first mistake to avoid. 

It is so recommended to skate a Orchard Wood Furniture : Cherry, cherry or mahogany. Red present in the wood will indeed stand in the patina. The selected color will therefore turn to unwanted reddish hues.  

Skating light wood furniture, such as pine, for example, is also complicated. If we search a former effect, it will thus be necessary to darken the wood first and then remove the light color. Thereby limiting the steps and go directly to a dark cabinet. 

Plywood Furniture should be avoided for the patina. When pickled, the film timber stands and it becomes difficult to skate. The ideal choice is an old piece of furniture in oak, beech or pitch pine. 

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Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Nicolas Suk

2nd mistake: chew to start

The patina requires a certain dexterity, or at least a helping hand. Getting into an overly complicated project to start, it is doomed to failure. So do not choose especially cabinet which you hold. Opt for an object that you had planned to throw. At best, you offer him a new life. At worst, you will not change your mind and throw! 

To note : Contrary to what one might think, choose furniture in the flat and smooth surface adds complexity. Conversely, a working cabinet, with moldings for example, will be easy to slip. The effect created it indeed naturally. On a flat area, it is the hand of the produce ...  

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Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

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3rd mistake: choosing too fast colors and not test

In the patina, the greatest difficulty lies in the choice of two colors to match. Select two colors too close is a common mistake he must at all costs avoid. This makes it almost invisible on the desired effect since it does not directly perceive the difference between the layers. Take two too remote keys are not advised. The contrast is too high, it loses its natural. Unless, of course, whether the intended spirit! 

Getting into the patina of the wood furniture without first tested above colors also appears often a disappointment. Depending on the color and the original condition of the furniture, the result with the same paint can be extremely volatile. Test product, under furniture for example, is more than recommended. 

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Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

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4th mistake rush ... or stroll!

Skating furniture requires time, especially when you're starting out. It is important to wait and let the patina dry 3-4 hours between coats. If you're too impatient, it is possible to accelerate drying with a hairdryer. Anyway, to be certain that you can attack the next layer without risk, Isabelle Véron recommends asking his hand over the painting. But beware, it is dry to the touch does not mean she is the heart inside. It is necessary that the paint is at room temperature. If this is the case, then it is good, you can continue.  

Start an element (table legs, chair arm ...) without completing the thought is to banish. Forget the phone ringing or cup of tea, we must stay focused. As it is a water-based paint, it dries very quickly. If you pause and then you go back, the connection will be and spoil the desired natural look. 

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Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Nicolas Suk

5th mistake to think that everything is finished once the painted furniture

After all these efforts, it would be a shame not to protect your work. The maintenance of a weathered piece of furniture is essential to maintain the desired appearance. white antique wax or matte varnish for the most exposed furniture (kitchen, bathroom, nursery, ...), must come and cover the furniture the day after the last brush strokes. Repeat every 6 months is ideal, it may however be limited to once a year.  

Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Patina: 5 Mistakes to Avoid

Nicolas Suk

>> To discover more about the universe of Isabelle Ravet, visit his site atelierisara.be. 

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