HER DIY: Brass to Beautiful

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Jill Bednar, owner of Southbank Gift Company, creates a beautiful modern patina for an outdated side table.

What you need: Krud Kutter, Coco Chalk Paint, Duck Egg Chalk Paint, natural bristle brush, flat brush, sponge, clear soft wax, dark soft wax, lint-free cloth, paper towels.

What you need: Krud Kutter®, Coco Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, Duck Egg Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®, natural bristle brush, flat brush, sponge, clear soft wax, dark soft wax, lint-free cloth, paper towels.

No priming or sanding necessary! Prep your piece by cleaning it with Krud Kutter® and paper towels. After cleaning your piece, wipe down again with a clean wet rag to remove any residual cleaner or debris.


Now you are ready to paint! Using a round natural bristle brush, apply the Coco Chalk Paint® onto the brass/metal surface. Repeat until entire surface is covered and no brass is showing through. Let dry between coats.


The desired consistency of the Duck Egg Chalk Paint® coat is thinner and smoother. You can achieve this by dipping only the tip of the small flat blue Annie Sloan® brush into a glass of water first, and then into the Duck Egg paint before applying to the Coco painted surface. Repeat this process until all the Coco color is covered up with the Duck Egg color, letting dry between coats.

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You are ready to wet distress your piece! With a dampened sponge (no water dripping out), begin wiping away the top coat of Duck Egg. As the paint softens it will begin to expose the coat of Coco underneath.  Rinse your sponge out during this process to keep the distressing going. Be sure to work in small areas so you keep the Coco paint exposed but do not wipe too much away, exposing the brass surface. Continue this gentle distressing process until you are happy with the Coco/Duck Egg proportions. Let dry.

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Using a soft rag, begin applying the CLEAR Soft Wax over the entire piece.  A little goes a long way.  Rub the wax into the paint with circular or up and down motions until the entire painted surface is coated. Really work it in, similar to applying hand lotion. TIP: Cotton gloves really help cover the surface when waxing legs or spindles. Wipe off any excess bits of wax and prepare for next step.


Using the soft rag or wax brush, begin applying the DARK Soft Wax sparingly, but evenly, over the CLEAR Soft Wax.  This is when the copper verdigris patina starts coming out! Continue rubbing the DARK Soft Wax over CLEAR  Soft Wax until all the areas are covered.  TIP: If an area is too dark, apply a bit of Clear Soft Wax back over that area to lighten it up.


Your surface now will feel a little sticky.  With a lint-free clean, soft cloth or paper towel, begin buffing the wax to bring it to a nice, soft shine.  Buffing is a quick over-the-surface action that heats up the surface wax, smooths it out and delivers a nice luster—and eliminates that “tacky” feeling.


Stand back and enjoy the new copper patina look on your piece!  Don’t buy new, just re-do and tell your own story with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

project by Jill Bednar | photography by Bennett Smith Photography

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