- Create an antique look for a home or garden item such as a piece of garden art using an aged copper finish technique called verdigris. The-Artistic-Garden.com suggests using a color scheme of five paints to achieve this green copper finish. Use a base coat of beige, a bottom layer of dark green, more layers of medium and light green and highlights of copper and bluish-gray. In this technique, the painting of the object in layers produces a final verdigris finish.
- According to UrbanRevivals.com, an inexpensive way to simulate a copper ceiling is to cover the ceiling with tiles made of tin. Before or after the tiles are secured to the ceiling, you can use a painting technique to simulate a copper finish. Paint the base with a primer that's copper brown, medium red or tan. Next, apply a copper base coat and a shiny copper glaze to complete the faux copper finish. This effect pairs nicely with walls of red brick or brown wood.
- Copper faux finishing can be achieved on the walls of your home using one or two cans of moderately expensive metallic paint. DecoratorSecrets.com notes that the homeowner should compare the proposed metallic color of the room with the wall colors in other rooms. This decorator guide also notes that the metallic paint will show defects in the wall as well as the base coat. So you might have the added expense of a new base coat that you do not mind showing through the metallic paint.