How I transformed a simple white table into a faux oxidized copper topped table and re-purposed it for our deck.
First the apron and legs were spray painted chocolate brown. Using ripped fence boards leftover from another project the bottom shelf was lined with wood.
The boards were cut with a 1" over hang then glued and nailed with a brad nail gun.
Rather than stain I wanted the boards to look old so I prepared some "Aging Juice". It's simply steel wool soaked over night in apple cider vinegar.
Wearing rubber gloves (important unless you want to walk around smelling like vinegar for a few days) I rubbed the steel wool onto the wood and wiped off the excess. I repeated this step until I achieved the look I wanted.
Much better don't you think? I wanted the top to look like Copper that was oxidized over time from the elements outdoors. Thanks to Modern Masters we were able to achieve that look with their Metal Effects Kit that they so kindly provided for another project. This stuff is amazing! You can see the step-by-step process in my How To Turn Tin and Wood Into Faux Oxidized Copper post.
This is after three coats of Metal Effects Primer. Already it's starting to look like copper!
Here it is after two coats of Copper Reactive Metal Paint and a spritz of Green Patina Aging Solution. I absolutely love the look of the Faux Oxidized Copper on the top of this table. You have to touch it to believe it is not metal!
I hope I've inspired you to transform a table you already have around the house into a unique show piece for your outdoor space!
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