Before I start this post, I think a disclaimer is in order – of being the least capable crafty person you will ever meet. There are fortes in my life – having a special and inexplicable bond with animals, Pilates, eating cake, these are all things I’m really good at. Crafting is not one of those SO I’m pretty chuffed with how this fun, cheap and easy experiment turned out.
I don’t remember whether it was Pinterest or Instagram where copper paint first popped onto my radar but once I knew such a thing existed there was no going back. On a Saturday visit to our local town centre, Pete was instructed to come back with a can of copper spray paint from Wilkinson’s – it’s the Rustoleum brand and cost only 3.00, such a bargain.
Being terribly uncrafty I hadn’t even given a thought to what I’d actually spray up, the cat is already ginger so he was out of the question and I don’t think Mr D would have been too impressed at coming home to find an entire kitchen of copper cupboards. IKEA as always to the rescue, glancing round our little home office my eye fell on our cheap and old tealight holders which were fairly replaceable in case it all went awry.
However, it turned out rather well and if a fool like me can manage it, anyone can. Here is my DIY guide to a bit of copper upcycling.
What You’ll Need
-Something to spray, ideally something you don’t mind losing in case you make a mess
-A can of copper spray paint
-Some masking tape
-A dust/decorators sheet
What To Do
-Carefully tape up the area you don’t want to be painted. The paint is like a fine mist so be sure to tape thoroughly.
-Clear your work area and cover the floor/furniture. See above about the mist effect..!
-Follow the instructions on the can, shaking well and spraying the item at arm’s length. I did try an initial project which was a disaster because I held it too close and went in like an elephant so it did take one round of practise.
-Add additional layers as needed and leave to try
And voila! I think these upcycled tealight holders are much prettier than the original wouldn’t you agree?