I’m so excited to share these two beautiful copper spray paint makeovers with you! Although brass and mixed metals have been trending for years and years, it’s never been my jam. My goal was always to have a home where all of the metals matched – and I really swam against current by loving brushed silver. I just don’t give a hoot about the trends, because those change like the winds. I just want to create a home we feel good in – and I want to look around and really, really love how it looks. Despite my longtime love of matching metals, I’ve recently made room in my all-silver house for a little copper. Just a little!! I can’t help it. Since the moment I spotted a gleaming, shimmering copper painted roof from my friend’s attic window, I have been obsessed. And now that we have a copper roof, I’m even more smitten! And to match the roof, we added copper exterior ferry lights, copper solar deck caps, and other copper touches (like a copper and aqua gradient pumpkin wreath for fall!) here and there. See? I’m true to my style – now my exterior metals all have to match, haha! But the copper has been slowly moving inside too, and I’ve added some copper interior decor pieces. Copper complements turquoise beautifully and helps blend the inside/outside decor. In my quest to add more copper – on a budget (because, ummm, new roof made me broke, lol) – I tested a few different copper spray paints. And I wanted to share two that I love – along with two easy and affordable copper spray paint makeovers of thrift store finds! I love a good before/after and I never get tired of seeing the magic of paint, so I hope you enjoy too.
DIY Copper Outdoor Table:
The first makeover is this cool outdoor table I thrifted in the winter. I can’t remember how much. $12? It was such a good price! I don’t know a brand or anything, but it feels really, really heavy. I’m guessing it wasn’t cheap when it was new (this one is sort of similar). The legs feel like iron (no hollow tube stuff – solid) and the top is a hammered kind of metal too. I think at some point it might of had a green enamel but it wore off, got a little weathered, and someone gave it away!
For a hot second, I almost liked the patina. But there’s a fine line between “shabby chic” and just worn out. When I put it on the deck, it looked rough next to the shiny roof and new sparkly siding. So I freshened up the legs with matte black paint and gave the top a blast of copper spray paint. Here’s the table now (and keep scrolling for the how-to and paint colors):
Here’s a closer look at the before:
Before painting, I gave this table a good scrub to remove any loose paint and dirt/grime. I used a nylon cup brush attached to my drill (a really stiff plastic one) and that worked well to clean it and also remove anything loose. I followed up with a good wash, using soapy water (I like to use dish soap) and then rinsed it well and let it dry overnight.
First I painted the top, using Rust-Oleum Hammered Copper. This spray paint creates a hammered finish on smooth metals, and enhanced the texture on this table even more.
Compared to my roof and deck caps, this copper is a near perfect match! It looks realistic and I love the added texture the hammered faux finish creates. Here’s a close up, after I painted it:
After I painted the top, I painted the legs – which were worn and had gotten some copper overspray on them. I just used my favorite Tremclad Flat Black:
And now it looks like a brand new table! I LOVE the hammered top and the unique legs, which look like wrought iron:
It’s perfect between our two patio loungers as a spot to put our drinks or snacks. And it’s heavy and solid, so the dogs were never able to knock it over – no matter how much they tried to reach the cookies, haha.
DIY Copper Planter Makeover:
Recently I went to a thrift store in town that I never make it to because it closes so early. I hadn’t been in years, actually, even though I am an avid thrifter. Well I finally made it there (10 minutes before closing!) and quickly looked through. Right before leaving, I spotted this metal brass planter for $8. It was made in England, which is unusual – most brass I see is made in India. Even though it was a little rough, I scooped it up because I loved the trim detail:
This time I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Copper Rose, which is less orange and has a blush undertone.
It’s softer and even prettier – perfect for inside the lakehouse! I spray painted the thrifted planter inside and out, and plopped in my faux fiddle leaf fig, which happens to fit perfectly. I moved my DIY folded silk pillows from the bedroom into the living room this spring (I have a peachy pink and silver silk), and the soft pink pulls some of the pink from the artwork. This copper planter complements it really beautifully – and I love how it pops against the dark grey fireplace.
So copper is my new obsession but it’s easy to add it because I have two good choices for copper spray paint! I have also used this Rust-Oleum High Heat Enamel for our copper painted DIY welded fire pit, and I used it for our DIY welded steps, too, but I really prefer that for high heat applications only. Both of these copper spray paints I used here are just a bit prettier – more glimmer, more interest, and vibrancy. But I’m so glad there is a high heat version because maybe I need a copper BBQ next 😉
Sources & Similar Finds:
Rust-Oleum Hammered Copper Spray Paint | Tremclad Flat Black Spray Paint | Nylon Cup Brush for Drill | Thrifted Hammered Table (Similar) | Rust-Oleum Metallic Copper Rose | Modern Black Patio Loungers | DIY Folded Silk Pillows
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