How to paint a feature wall with copper-patina effect

One of the most effective ways to create a great feature wall in your room is to use Copper Patina finish. This finish gives an aged look to the wall as copper in liquid state oxidizes in form of green vivid patina antique appearance This finish is generally suitable for interiors as well as exteriors but look for manufacturer recommendations on the paint can.  Feature walls in rooms, downpipes or garden ornaments are some perfect projects to add a green aged look.

Tools and Products, You Will Need

Copper Effect Paint

Patina Effect Solution

Painters Masking Tape

Drop Cloth & Paint Stirrer

Muslin to create the effect

Medium nap roller kit & cutting in brush


Painting a room may take from a few hours to two days depending upon the amount of effort that needs to go into a project and your planning skills.

Remove all furniture from the room

Think of painting the wall in small sections.

Use drop cloths to avoid staining your carpet or floor.

Use masking tape to mask electrical sockets, switches, trims to avoid any paint spillage.

Calculate the amount of paint required to paint the wall. Buy a little more than the desired quantity as you may need some paint for future touch-ups and textured walls will need 10-20% more paint than the recommended coverage. 

Check our guide to select right roller and paint brush for a better finish.

Step by Step process to paint a wall

Step 1: Preparing the Surface

Preparing the wall is actually key to a great paint finish that will last for a long time.

  1. Ensure that the existing paint finish is not cracking or peeling and that there are no surface imperfections.
  2. Fill any cracks or holes with a good quality filler. Sand down the filler and remove all sanding dust from surface preferably using a tack cloth.
  3. Give the surface a good clean with TSP cleaner or a ready to use paint surface cleaning product such as Selleys Sugar Soap.

Note:  Check out our pre-paint prep detailed guide to make sure you are ready to paint like a pro.

Step 2) Cutting in

Stir the Copper paint finish with a stirrer to get a homogenous mix. Use a good quality cutting in the brush for cutting around the edges of the wall. Remember to dip the brush halfway into the paint and apply in smooth even strokes along the ceiling line and then switch to the roller.

Step3) Rolling the Copper effect

Use a medium nap roller which is generally used for painting walls i.e. 8-12mm nap for smooth surfaces. Load the roller with a copper effect paint and start a few inches away from corners. You can paint creating an “M”, a “W” or in a zig-zag pattern overlapping your lines. Work in sections and with a top to bottom approach. Investigate for any runs and run the roller from top to bottom covering them without applying too much pressure on the roller. Lastly, you can roll from sideways getting close to edges on ceilings and skirtings. Don’t pressure the rollers to squeeze paint out of them just reload them if you think you need more paint.

Generally, copper effect first coat shall need more time to dry than normal acrylic paint. Check manufacturer specifications. Drying time can be anywhere from 6-12 hours generally. Apply a second coat of copper effect working in small sections from top to bottom after the first coat has completely dried. While second coat is still wet you can use muslin or a clean brush (in overlapping patterns) to create patterns of your choice on the wall. This step will add a random textured look to the finish.

Step4) Applying green Patina effect

Once the copper effect finish is touch dry i.e. about 2-3 hours you can apply Patina effect solution with muslin or sponge randomly to the wall. This should result in a chemical reaction to add a rich green look to existing copper finish. Results may vary from project to project depending upon your skills and artistic capability. You can reapply patina solution to areas not covered the first instance in a second immediate coat if you need.