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Thursday, December 30, 2010

A "Copper" Top

Hello all!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  We sure did!  Somehow, Santa was able to fit an air hockey table down the chimney?!  Crazy huh?  It's in the basement, and I think the adults love it even more than the kids do :)   I'll post pics soon- I promise!  I haven't been around much this week because I'm still enjoying sleeping in, staying in my pajamas all day, and being a general lay-about :)  However, with the new year steadily approaching I figured I better post my last project of the year and start thinking/planning new projects for 2011!

A few nights before Christmas I turned this

Focus in on the coffee table.  I was too lazy to crop this photo :)  

into this. 


Because I was loving this. 


The Normandy Coffee Table from one of my favorites- Arhaus!  It's on sale for $1049 - yeah- that's the 
"sale" price!  I love this table in a major way, but I don't exactly have the beans to buy it.  So, I gave my World Market coffee table a copper top with a little paint job.  

I started by sanding with 100 grit sandpaper.  


Then I used a paint roller and a bright green base color called Jalapeno.  I used an acrylic semi-gloss primer and paint in one by Valspar.  I really didn't need to buy this much paint.  I have no idea what I was thinking?!  Maybe I can find another project to use up this bright green paint.  Anywho, I chose a green base because natural copper has a greenish patina.  



Then I used a sea sponge and added a metal and patina glaze in copper over the green base.  I didn't cover the entire surface.  I let a little of the green show through.



Then I let it dry overnight, and the next morning I sponged on a little antiquing glaze in spots.




After it was completely dry I used wipe-on poly in satin to add a protective top coat.  I did two coats, and that has seemed to stand the "hot-wheels-racing-across" test :)   

I'm really in love with the results!  It gave our coffee table a totally unique look.  Plus this was pennies compared to the Arhaus version.  The paint supplies cost roughly $50 (I had to buy the sponge and a new drop cloth).  I'm sorry I don't have exact figures for you here; I need to get better at hanging on to my receipts.  Anywho, the cost would have been less if I had bought a smaller can of the base paint I used. Although, considering how much I like to paint I'm sure this paint won't go to waste :) 


I like this new look so much better!  It's kind of a monet in a sense though because the closer you get to this table the more you notice the wood grain, but this just makes it more of a conversation piece, if you ask me anyway :)  

Any fun end of the year projects going on in your house?!  I so love Christmas break!  Pajama days are the best!  Not really looking forward to the end of break, but I am looking forward to new projects next year!  

Hopefully, I'll be back to wrap up my first not quite a year of blogging and of living in our fifth house, but just in case I'm not back before 2011 - HAPPY NEW YEAR! 


Linking up to these parties over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia and Savvy Southern Style!

And also over here- 

                                    
I've entered this project in the Crafting with the Stars event over at Sew Dang Cute Crafts!  Go check it out - it's such a fun blog event I just had to get in on the fun!  










11 comments:

  1. What a great new look. You did an awesome finish on that. Hope you will link it to my party next week for the first one of the new year!

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  2. It looks perfect with your leather sofa. Great job.

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  3. So beautiful! I absolutely love it! I am so happy to find your blog, I am a new follower!

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  4. What a beautiful finish! We've been looking at some of the metallic paints and you really found a great project! I love it! ♥

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  5. Thanks so much! I really enjoyed working with the metallic paints. Trying to find another project to use them on ;)

    xo- Carmel

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  6. Carmel, thanks for linking this up. I think many will be inspired by this.

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  7. Oh, you did good and your coffee table turned out beautifully!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. I agree, it looks perfect with your leather sofa. Gorgeous room!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  9. It's gorgeous! What a beautiful job. Great tutorial too! :)

    Roeshel

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