How To: Faux Malachite

No video today, I'm feeling a little under the weather. Sorry. But I do have a step by step how to on  Faux Malachite. I know I was going to do Tortoise Shell, and I will, but  I feel crappy and malachite lamps just sounded better.  So lets get started.
First go find something to turn into stone, I had these "totally awesome" 80's lamps with super cheap lacquered brass.
But you can do it on anything, check these chairs I saw on Parlour the other day...


If I had a pair kicking around, I would have done them too. For now, back to the lamp...
Base coat with a pale blue/green. I only needed a small amount so I picked up a tester of Glidden's G14- Almost Aqua for $1.99.

Next mix 3 parts glaze with 1 part paint. The paint needs to be a deep emerald green, similar to Ben Moore's 2049-10 pacific sea teal or 2051-10 yukon green. Do a test patch. You may want to add some black to darken, or tint it in either direction with blue or yellow to your liking.

Start by brushing on an area, and quickly removing it with torn pieces of cardboard. Practice this technique first before heading straight to your project. You'll want to look at some malachite and mimic the wiggly curves. You can also use a fan brush for this technique. ( I just couldn't find mine.)

Keep painting more glaze on and removing...

Next you'll want to soften the hard lines and thick edges. Using a brush, lightly stipple or tap the surface to flatten and soften...

Let it dry. I wasn't thrilled with mine, so I lightly rubbed some green glaze over the whole lamp to deepen it a bit.  Next coat with a high gloss varnish. I gave mine 2 coats of a spray lacquer.



A little trick to tone down cheap laquered brass...
I use this product. I just brush a little on, and stipple it out to give it more of an antiqued gilt look.

And that is it. Just one more lamp to go and my entrance has a new set of lights.
Not sure about the shades though, they might need a makeover too.

I'll be back when I feel a little better.
Have a great rest of the weekend.


29 comments:

Lily said...

Wow, it is so cool that you made those...looks great ! Would love to see the tortoise as well!!

xxLily
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Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

Wow girl those look pretty f****** awesome. The lamp shades aren't that bad I kinda like them. I have the perfect lamps for this but I covered them in marble paper damn it. I might rip it off and do this instead. Hope you feel better.

court. said...

holy jeez. wowza. i can't believe this was done by hand.

feel better; i'm battling something icky too.

BLACK lampshades!!

DomesticJenny said...

Ooooooo, this is so pretty! You are seriously talented! :)

My Interior Life said...

They. Look. Awesome! I agree - black lampshades with gold inside.

Thank you SO much for doing this tutorial as I've been dying for some malachite!! Now to find the proper candidate. I was thinking of doing a lidded box, but this lamp may have changed my mind.

bryn alexandra interiors said...

that is AWESOME. I have a lamp in my car that was on it's way to goodwill. I may need to bring it back inside!!

Kelly Krugh said...

Looks great!!! I can't wait to see the tortoise tutorial. I have a console table I've been sanding and getting ready to try a faux tortoise finish on!

Nichole @ Parlour said...

These look fan-freakin-tastic. Thanks for the DIY on painting malachite, I will totally be trying this...on everything I can get my hands on!

jandjhome said...

Your paint skills are amazing. I would've never thought of doing this.

Heather (love your space) said...

Um, as always, I am BLOWN AWAY!
The first shot here looks like an inspiration shot, not the "after." Great job.

Hope you feel better soon,

Heather

Angeline said...

Really? So genius! I love those chairs and your lamp is AWE.some!

Heidi said...

I bow down to you. Amazing. Feel better :)

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Happy Monday! Hope you are feeling better. I'm passing on the Stylish Blog Award to you :) Stop by and see my post today for details.

Ashley said...

YOU ARE A GENIUS! Yes, that deserved caps! And I agree with Bri, the lamp shade works.

Danielle {freshquince} said...

Just brilliant! Thanks for sharing...will have to try this asap!

Ispirato Design said...

You make it look so easy I can't wait to try it- I've got the perfect lamp in the basement! Thanks for the inspiration.

Fran said...

So cool - is there anything you can't do??

Amber Interiors said...

JUST STOP IT!!!! You have to stop all of it. YOur fantazballs keep blowing me away.

Brandi said...

I totally want to try this! I might wait for the tortoise shell tutorial though to see which I might be able to do more successfully!

Bromeliad said...

Quite impressive.

nancy @ {COZAMIA} said...

Ur amazing! I am so totally saving this for when I find me some cheap lamps!!

-H said...

Here is my attempt! It's definitely not as masterful as yours, but damn I'm happy with it!!

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30125697

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

zoinks.. Ashley's post just directed me to this. You are crazy talented. I could never hand paint anything, let alone faux-malachite!

OK, it's official, I need to go back and read all of your old posts.

Modern Country Lady said...

Fabulous! Was sent over from Bri's blog, Me, you and a wiener.What a great post and great tutorial!!

Genevieve Lutsch said...

I cannot believe you made that!! Looks like an antique

Payton said...

I am dying to try this. I am loving all the faux finishes that you post!

Shavonda said...

I absolutely love this! Im going to give this technique a try. Thanks so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I AM OBSESSING OVER MALACHITE THESE DAYS SINCE I LET GO OF MY MALACHITE CHAMPAGNE BUCKET. GOING TO EXPERIMENT WITH MALACHITE FABRIC ON A LUCITE STOOL. WHAT DO YOU THINK? Stephanie fig at enchanted fig tree :)

creativelifesxm said...

I just love this! Awesome tutorial-will definitely be giving this a try. Thanks!

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