The Q&A Archives: Faux Verdigris

Question: My pots have become old looking and I would like to paint them. What Home Depot colors would I use to do a faux verdigris on them.

Answer: Verdigris is a green patina that forms on copper, brass, or bronze that has been exposed to the air or water for long periods of time. To simulate this aged copper or verdigris faux painting technique, you need only a few colors, a paintbrush or dauber and a little free handed flair.

There are many different colors you can use, but I start with a base coat of light beige, then a layer dark green over the top. The third layer is medium green and the fourth is light green. For highlights I use copper paint and light bluish-grey paint.

I tend to go around a container a few times as I apply each layer of color. I do this as I'd rather apply the paint more on the sparse side than on the too heavy side. I feel it's easier to add more paint than it is to paint over areas with all new layers of color.

Be sure to apply this faux painting technique to the inside of the container. I normally paint down about 4 inches or so from the rim. This gives a more finished look to a planted container. (The potting soil normally will be filled up 2 inches or less from the top edge of the container, so the pot appears to be painted inside and out.)

When the paint is completely dry, always use 2-3 coats of clear coat to act as protection against the elements.

Enjoy your project!

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