Happy FauxDay, I mean Friday, my friends. Are you ready for a little Faux action? I hope so because I have a quick project for you. And as if it couldn’t get any better, this is a big impact project!
Specifically, I’m going to show you how to DIY a Faux Copper Finish on an old metal tub, turning it into a ‘copper’ beauty.
So, do you remember last month when I showed you my oyster clusters? Those oyster clusters were a rather convoluted by-product of a road trip that Terry and I took in June to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary (yup, congrats to us!).
If you didn’t read that post (shame on you!) or if you forgot (I can so relate), we traveled up the Eastern Shore of Maryland on the way to our ultimate destination of the Hudson River Valley in New York.
It was a DELIGHTFUL 10-day trip that was very short on ‘have to be here now’ plans and more about ‘what do we feel like doing today?’ plans. But I digress…on our way up the Eastern Shore we stopped at a couple of antique stores like we used to do in the days before kids.
It was in one of these antique stores that I found the old oyster basket that led to the oyster clusters. It was in the same antique store that I spied and swooned over an antique copper washtub.
Terry was very indulgent in my little shopping forays (which is not always the case) and told me to get the tub. But…because I am THE WORST at making decisions, I just wasn’t sure I wanted to plunk down $120 for a tub not knowing what treasures awaited as we went farther north.
You know what I mean, it was just the first day of our trip and what if….? So, when I discovered this sad little tub for all of $10, I was confident that I could jazz him up to look very similar to the original and still have spending money for the rest of our travels.
This was a seriously simple project that also fell into the almost ‘immediate gratification’ category as well. A complete win-win, if you ask me.
I had used a faux copper finish in the past, most recently on this bunny. However, I didn’t have enough of that paint to do the whole tub. When I went to Amazon to search, I discovered a different brand that also had a related primer product, Modern Masters.
I opted to go that route to make sure that my faux copper finish efforts weren’t for naught if the paint didn’t adhere to the surface. And while I did not want to go the oxidized route, they do have an oxidizing solution if you want your copper ‘thing’ to have that beautiful verdigris.
What you Need to Put a Faux Copper Finish on a Tub:
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- Modern Masters AM203-16 Acid Blocking Primer Red, 16-Ounce (When I was putting this link in I realized that Amazon’s images/descriptions may be off. The picture for the Red shows the white primer and vice versa. I used the Red)
- Modern Masters ME149-06 Reactive Metallic Copper, 6-Ounce
- Orbital Sander. This just makes every job so much easier, but the regular old sandpaper will work as well.
- Small sponge roller. My go-to tool to avoid brush strokes.
- Paint for handles. I used DecoArt Lamp Acrylic Paint and DecoArt Americana Glorious Gold.
How to Put a Faux Copper Finish on a Tub:
- Depending on what you are working with, you might need to give your item a good sanding. I definitely wanted to do this as the existing finish was a bit rough and I wanted my copper finish to be much smoother.
- After I finished sanding, I wiped the whole thing down well with a damp rag and let it dry.
- Now came the fun part. I used my foam roller to apply 2 coats of the primer. The directions instructed that you wait 12 hours between coats, so…being the rule follower (Terry is gasping!), I waited 12 hours…OK…maybe 10!
- Just applying the primer made a HUGE difference and I was already feeling very good about my project. But now it was time for the REAL stuff…the copper paint.
- I used the same sponge roller, which I had cleaned, and applied 2 coats of the Modern Masters Copper Paint, letting it dry well between each coat. The directions did not specify an amount of time to let it dry, but I went about 8 hours between coats.
- Finally, I spiffed up the black metal and wood handles. I used DecoArt Glorious Gold for the metal brackets and DecoArt Lamp Black for the wooden handles.
- I gave the entire tub a good spray of Krylon Clear Acrylic Spray.
CAN YOU EVEN BELIEVE IT’S THE SAME TUB? CERTAINLY, THIS IS A PERFECT ‘BEFORE AND AFTER’ OPPORTUNITY.
So there you go mis Amigas! I am absolutely crushing on my new ‘copper’ log holder…and just in time for fireplace weather! Sweeet!!!! And don’t be surprised if I pop in with more projects that I put a faux copper finish on…this is my kinda project!
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Do you have any doodads lying (or is it laying?) about that would be a candidate for the ‘copper’ treatment? Pop in and share your before and afters.
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