I’ve had this can of Rust-oleum copper spray enamel for weeks now and have been meaning to attack my Arenite table lamp from Made.com which was purchased for the living room. I bought it knowing full well that I didn’t want a white base. It had a white base. But i’ve been building up the courage to do something about it, ie. spray paint it copper. Also known as “potentially ruining it.”
I’d also seen these lovely copper dipped plant pots on Not On The Highstreet which I loved, but wanted to experiment to see if I could create something similar before splashing the cash.
So a little trip to the Motherland (Ikea) for some supplies. One Ingefara terracotta pot and saucer. £2 for both bits or something ridiculous. And this lovely Dracaena Marginata which must have been priced up wrong as that was only £1 too. So a total spend of £3. Not much to lose should I be crap at this spray painting lark.
The saucer was going all out copper and the top section of the pot would be copper too. So after masking up a straight line around the pot and covering the entire bottom half of the pot (which I failed to get a photo of as i’m impatient), I was ready to spray. Obviously go outside for this bit.
And this is what I got. Not bad eh? It took a couple of coats to do, so all done in less than an hour.
The wonders of Frogtape yet again.
And here it shall live. I am thinking of painting the bottom half of the pot black for contrast? What do you think?
Onto my lamp base then. It was the only white piece in the living room and it just didn’t work. In my humble opinion of course. I had slightly more to lose here so I was glad the plant pot went well as a practice run.
Mask everything up and shove all the extra bits in plastic bags. Two coats outside again and here we have a copper base table lamp….
It looks so much better against the black wall. I’m glad I took the plunge and did it. Only time will tell now how long this finish will last. Will it chip, mark, dink?
Nice smooth finish.
What do you think? Do you prefer it copper, would you have kept it white? And should I be getting the black paint out for my plant pot? Answers on a postcard…. or in the comments below is fine.