Summer Garden Decor How-to With Metal Effects Kits

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Summer is almost here and it's a wonderful time to spruce up your garden with gorgeous patina decor accents! Our new Metal Effects kits make it easy to bring the look of copper, bronze and even rust patinas to your outdoor decor. We frequently work with Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky on creative projects such as this one and we're excited to share her latest results. Let's take a closer look.
With Metal Effects, you can update any paintable surface in minutes with beautiful results. Each kit comes complete with full instructions, all of the products you need to cover 1 to 2 square feet. In the kit you'll find:

One 2-ounce Primer

One 2-ounce Oxidizing Copper or Bronze Metallic Paint or Iron Reactive Paint

One 2-ounce Patina Aging Solution or Rust Activator & a Spritzer Cap Attachment

You just need a drop cloth or plastic to protect the area you work in, a container, and a paint brush.
Here you can see how Debbie started with a plain concrete head that was in need of a little more character.

Below you can see how she began priming the piece with the Metal Effects Primer which is a unique water base, acrylic primer designed to block Patina Aging Solutions & Rust Activator from reaching the surface of your substrate.
Prime the surface with 2 coats of the Metal Effects Primer, allow half an hour between coats and 2 hours for final drying time.

Now, you're ready to apply the Bronze Reactive Metallic Paint.
Paint the primed surface with 1 coat of Reactive Bronze Metallic Paint and allow to dry half an hour. Our Reactive Metallic Paints contain REAL metal particles that will patina or rust over time if left to the elements. You can speed up this patina process by using our patina activators as well for almost instant results.
Next, attach the spritzer cap to the Blue Patina Aging Solution bottle and keep it handy for this next step.

Apply the second coat of Reactive Bronze Metallic Paint, and while the paint is still wet, spray on a light coating of Blue Patina Aging Solution over the entire surface. As the activated surface dries over 30 to 40 minutes, a real blue patina finish will appear.
Now that you have a gorgeous patina, what about protecting it? While the Rust Finish may require a topcoat (included in the kit), no protection is required for both the Blue(Bronze) and Green(Copper) Patina Kits.

The smaller kits (2oz) are available in Hobby Lobby while the larger kits (8oz) are available online at

We hope you've enjoyed seeing how fun and easy it can be to bring a unique burst of color to your garden decor - and more! Join us on the blog for more inspiration via the link below.
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  • Happygirl Bailey Happygirl Bailey on May 20, 2016
    Where did you find your planter? Love it!!

  • Sli9838737 Sli9838737 on Jun 05, 2017
    I inherited an old, worn concrete bird bath. Do you think this method would work for me? I love what you did with your piece!

  • Delores Delores on Jul 30, 2017
    Beautiful! I also would like to know where you came upon your planter bust😊😍

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  • Ellen A Ellen A on Jan 08, 2018
    Love it! And...I WILL purchase from Hobby that place!

  • Em Em on Feb 05, 2020

    Did not know this stuff existed. Love it. Collect turquoise pottery. Have about 150+ pieces. This will extend my collection to outside. Thanks for sharing.