Hello, dear friends, and welcome to April’s Monthly DIY Challenge! These posts are always tons of fun and some of my very favorites In case you’re new, here’s the 411: on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, me and my fab blog friends make something based on a common theme or material. Here are some of my favorite past Monthly DIY project materials: Michaels crates,wood slices, plumbing pieces, balsa wood/craft plywood, cork, and metallic paint. Last month our material was canvas, this month we have a super fun and unique material: Modern Master’s Metal Effects kits!
*This post was sponsored by Modern Masters, but the project, thoughts, and ideas are all my own*
Now, I’m not usually an antique, old-fashioned, patina kind of girl, but when the opportunity came up to try out Modern Master’s Metal Effects Patina kit, I’ll admit I was intrigued! While I don’t usually utilize the antique look in my home decor (I tend to lean more towards the modern/Scandinavian style) I absolutely love the old patina-ed look of European statues and mysterious garden decorations. I thought it would be cool to transform an old, plain Ikea lantern I had lying around to make it into a cool piece of backyard decor – perfect for those summer nights that are just around the corner!
The kits come in green, blue, and rust and each of my bloggy friends and I chose a different finish – stick around to the end of the post to check out all of their awesome and creative projects!
Ikea Hack Materials
- Ikea Lantern
- Modern Masters Metal Effects Kit (I chose the green patina finish, but it also comes in blue and rust)
- Brushes (there are some also included with the kit)
- Newspaper or cardboard to protect your work surface
- Tape (optional)
The first very important step is to prime your Ikea lantern. Do not skip this step! The primer is what helps the metallic paint to stick and will aid in the patina process. If desired, you can tape off or take out the glass lantern panels. Being the carefree lady that I am (read: slightly lazy), I decided to just paint verrrryyyyy carefully around all the glass. Let your first coat of primer dry, and then apply a second coat. Let dry for 12 hours or overnight.
Stir your oxidizing paint and apply overtop the primer using another brush. Let the first coat dry for 30 minutes. Then apply the second coat of the metallic pain, and while the paint is still wet, spray your lantern with the included patina spray. Don’t worry about being perfect, just spritz lightly and see where it takes you! The patina will develop over the next hour or so, leaving you with a perfectly imperfect aged Ikea lantern!
Waayyy more cool and custom than the original, don’t you think?
I just love the greeny-blue patina that developed – the color is so vibrant and lovely and it just pairs so well with the copper paint beneath it. It’s really cool to see the patina develop almost before your eyes!
Now that you’ve seen my super awesome Ikea hack, click on the photos below to check out all my friends’ equally awesome projects!
Anything & Everything | Average But Inspired | Brepurposed
Canary Street | DIY Passion | Dwell Beautiful
Houseologie | Little House of Four | Little Red Brick House
Making it in the Mountains | Table & Hearth | The Inspired Hive
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What would you add Modern Masters Patina to?
Love this Erica! The finish on it is just perfect!
Thank you, Bre! I’m not normally a patina gal, but I really like how this turned out 🙂
This is so gorgeous, Erica! Look at that beautiful patina you achieved! Love it!
Thanks so much, Sarah! I really am pleased with how it turned out 🙂
Love it! Definitely gives the lantern a whole new look!
Thank you so much, Tara! I’m definitely loving the look 🙂
I love the antiqued look this finish gave your plain old Ikea lantern! It’s so pretty and will be perfect to use on your patio this summer!
Thanks, Bre! It’s hanging out on my patio now – just waiting for the nice weather to show up! 😉
The patina looks really authentic on your lantern! Love how it turned out.
Thanks so much, Amy! I really love the color I got on the patina – so fun!
Super cute!! I love that patina color. I have a few of these that are white, but they are so boring. This is waaay more fun!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Amanda! It was definitely fun to change the look of this one up 🙂
This is going to be sooo pretty in the evenings on a patio, and it’ll fit right in to the garden setting 🙂
Totally agree, Emily! It’s out on my patio as we speak 🙂
Excellent job! This looks like it has been sitting by the sea for years.
Thank you so much, Audra! I just love the color of the patina that developed 🙂
What a cool product this is Erica. I love the look of the patina on top of the copper.You took it from ordinary to extraordinary!! I am hosting a new link party Sweet Inspiration and would love to have you join us. It runs Friday till Tuesday
Thank you so much, Mary! I really love how it turned out, too. I’ll definitely check out your link party!