Have you noticed all the copper popping up in all our favorite home and design stores and catalogs? I have, and must say, I’m really diggin’ it. Copper does not have to be southwest kitsch, like we find so much down here in AZ, the Copper State. It can be chic!!
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Horchow has some similar copper chairs with a great worn patina!
Here’s a fantastic copper topped coffee table, also from Horchow.
Restoration Hardware also jumps on the copper band wagon with a fantastic pendant fixture. You see?!?! It’s everywhere!! And it’s fantastic!! I decided to give it a go myself. I had this sad little cabinet waiting for the muse to inspire.
This is actually the third life this little cabinet has had. It was one of my first ever furniture redos. We inherited it when we got married 10 plus years ago from my husband’s grandma. (The same grandma from whom we got our bedroom dresser that I recently revamped as well.) I sprayed it with black granite spray paint, added some funky pulls and called it a day. It held our TV back in the day, and most recently held stuff in the hubby’s office, until it was replaced by his new armoire. Well, I sanded as much of the bumpy spray-granite texture I could off, leaving it as pictured above. I chose to use a new color in Decoart’s Elegant Finish Metallic Paints called “Worn Penny.”
I’ve used the Elegant Finish Metallics on other projects in the past, and am a big fan!! Although they have fantastic shine, they don’t have great coverage, so when using them, I always prime with a similar color. I use much less paint that way. (This whole cabinet used less than half of the little jar of paint!) So I primed it with some brownish red spray primer. Then I used my Purdy brush (the fineness of which is really a must when working with metallic paints to minimize the inevitable brush strokes) and, with a light hand, brushed on the “Worn Penny” paint. I used both a brown glaze and then a black glaze, to give it a rich patina. Lastly, I added some copper pulls.
I finished up a big hutch today, too. It’s off to a local boutique. The owner’s going to send me some pictures, since I wasn’t able to take any before her (far too efficient) husband came to pick it up. 🙂 She’s a professional photographer, so I’m sure they’ll be way better than mine would’ve been.
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