This handy serving cart didn't fit into to my client's new decor,
so she asked me to paint it for her.
Knowing her style, I suggested a shabby effect with a faux zinc top.
Here's how I did it.
First I did some on-line research and looked for examples of authentic zinc patina.
I prefer to paint what I see, rather than follow a prescribed "recipe".
This photo became my inspiration.
The darker portion of the photo is oxidized zinc.
The lighter side is zinc metal without any oxidation or patina.
Then, I added three different colors of grey and applied them in order of dark to light:
1. medium grey - Black + White
2. Martha Stewart Metallic Paint - Thundercloud
3. light grey - Black + White + White
Zinc is a very reactive metal.
Exposed to air, it begins to oxidize, turning dark.
Food placed on it surface will cause it to turn brownish,
and zinc develops a powdery white color (white rust) in reaction to moisture.
Zinc is a popular material for kitchen and bath countertops,
but be aware that it will oxidize.
To further achieve that effect,
I added both brown stains and white blooms to the table top,
while allowing some of the black to show through.
Here's a photo of authentic zinc followed by my painted version.
The rest of the cart was painted a "shabby white" effect.
It first was painted black, then white, and sanded back to reveal the black undercoat.
The final touch was to dry-brush more black on top.