How To Paint Faux Malachite On Your Furniture With These 3 Steps

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Faux PaintingHow To Paint Faux Malachite

Use Oil Paint

Start with a light green base coat of paint.  Spraying the paint on, or using a foam brush works the best, because it won’t leave any strokes.  Ideally, you want a covered surface in light green glossy paint.  Using oil paint, paint a over your piece of furniture with a coat of paint, working in sections.  Use a handmade notched cardboard comb and drag it through the paint, in twirly patterns.

Once it has been dry over night, give your furniture a professional finish by adding a semi transparent finish over top.  You can do this by using either glaze (mix 2 to 1 glaze to paint) more glaze than paint and go over the area. Or use a semi- transparent spray paint in gloss.  Design Master, carried by Michael’s crafts sells a range of colors which are semi-transparent and often used on florals.  Simply stand back and spray a bit of paint on your overall piece.   I would practice on a separate piece first before using it on a piece you spent hours on. Once you spray it, you cannot take the paint off, such as you can with glaze.  I usually spray fast, and a bit away from the piece I am working on.  Lighter coats are better than one coat, where you could get too close to the finish with the spray.  Certainly get some practice before using for the first time.  I love that it give a glossy finish, which enables you to skip any additional gloss.  The green paint will nicely soften the overall look of your piece.

Use A White Base Coat

Gorgeous Little Things Blog shows us a lamp makeover using water based paint.  She recommends that the paint be a dark emerald green.  First mix 3 parts glaze with 1 part paint. Start by brushing on an area, and quickly removing it with torn pieces of cardboard, mimicing the wiggly curves of malachite.  Next you’ll want to soften the hard lines and thick edges, which you can do with a softening brush.  Simply lightly stipple or tap the surface.   To soften the look even more, lightly paint a coat of green glaze over the whole lamp to deepen it a bit. Finish it with 2 coats of a spray lacquer.

Get Professional Results By Taping Off Areas

One of the best tips to getting a professional look is to be sure your first coat is even.  After having a solid coat, go over it with a very smooth sponge sander.  The second tip is to tape off areas of your project in order to get smooth lines. In real life, Malachite is usually used on small items, not on large walls, because it is a gem stone.  Although that shouldn’t stop you if you want to do cabinets, furniture, or walls with the pattern.  Real Malachite veneer will usually be spliced together in a mitered design on an actual item made with Malachite. To get the look of mitering, simply tape or masking off every other piece with blue masking tape.  Finish those sections, allowing to dry overnight, and then do the opposite pieces the next day.  Faux Painting Ideas

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