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From Ugly Thrift Store Find to Beautiful Patina Copper

I bought a stainless flower vase and two little ugly metal urns at the thrift store...at different times and I brought them home to transform. At the time when I bought the stainless steel vase I thought I just wanted rusty....so it sat in the craft room waiting. Then I did those tomato pots out front months later and a light bulb went off in my head. I am sure you have had those moments.
In any case, since I have been laid up with my crummy knee, I have been going stir crazy. I needed something to do that I could sit down and do.
Hubby has gotten used to this predicament and has been very gracious in helping move something...or when he is walking the dog, I move very slowly to get it....
In any case, the metal is perfect for this project.
First step, you must prime the pieces. Two coats. Let dry completely.
Second step is the fun part.
Paint on the copper paint ...do only about half the urn and spray with the spray that makes the magic.
This is important, because if the paint dries too far it won't get the desired patina.
I have found that you can, after it is all dry, go back and paint and spray a second time to get the desired effect.
I tried very hard to get the picture of it turning for you, but using a cell phone camera it doesn't show as well...but you will get the idea...
See? Ugly urn. Let's make it beautiful!

 This shows the first coat. The metal should not show through.
This is the the primer from Modern Masters. Very important. It is not water clean-up, I would wear gloves...and have a container as I did to pour it into. Plan on throwing the brush away. Sponge brush is perfect for this application.




On this one, I wanted to redo the paint/spray...so I showed it here....

 See the magic?? It is so fun to watch...

When it is dry, there is nothing more to be done. It is weatherproof...and ready to go. How easy is that?? No coating or anything else needed.
My tomato boxes out front went through numerous more storms after I did them...they weathered well....It didn't wash off.
So what do you think?? I really didn't like the stainless steel look, I am not into Stainless, not even in the kitchen...so this suits me.
Now, what shall I put in them?? Well, the big urn will be for a great collection of cut flowers...
and the little ones...maybe some dried lavender. I have some in the garage that I dried...
Problem now...what else will I do today? ummmm
maybe quilt??
Have a great day.
Nancy

Comments

Jeanie said…
I really do love copper, the color, tone, rich and warm feeling of it. This is really a terrific technique and I'm going to remember it for future reference. It's really lovely!

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