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!  


  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!

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

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

  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! ♥

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

    xo- Carmel

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

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

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

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


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