General Finishes and Efex are a perfect pair.

As part of the Making Patina Series, yesterday was devoted to making patina with General Finishes Pearl Effects. Last time I worked with this product we just showed the basic product. Today we dove into layering. We only did four combinations but there will be more to come.

First, we started with a base coat on our Efex rosette R14. We painted one each in Bronze Champagne, Copper, and Burnished which is an almost faded gold.  Once we painted the Efex (no primer or paint needed just use an artist brush and make certain you have complete coverage) we let them dry.

Then it was on to the fun part, layering.

First, we took the champagne which is a lovely white with not too much (just enough) shine. This is what you would use for a very classic look on walls and panels. It really made the Efex look like plaster with a smooth finish. Then we added the burnished gold color very lightly. See how there is just a glimmer of gold.

General Finishes Champagne Pearl Effects

Next was bronze – I love this color and it could also be used as a base coat if you want to distress an Efex back to wood as it is a slightly shimmering brown. To this piece, we added copper. This turned out to be my personal favorite.

General Finisih Bronze and Copper

Next, we used copper and added bronze. Again, this dulled down the copper and made it seem weathered. Wouldn’t these two look great on a lamp painted in an olive shade to look like an old weathered outdoor lamp?

General Finishes Copper Effects

Then we used the gold and added a little hint of bronze. This made the burnished gold less glitzy and gave it a real weathered feeling.

Burnished by General Finishes

Finally, we used copper and added bronze. Again, this dulled down the copper and made it seem weathered.

We had so much fun today that we even made a video of how to layer the pearl effect on Efex.


xoxo Lydia


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