DIY copper dipped collection

In the spirit of all things lovely I have decided to give a few of my favorite items around the house a quick makeover by dipping them in copper paint.

I had a tin of left over Fired Earth Brushed Metal – Cosmopolitan paint from a previous project and I simply love the final result. This copper colour is subtle and feminine – perfect for the month of love.

Read Germarie’s post on the copper trend for more inspiration on the subject.

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You will need:

1L Brushed metal paint (color: Cosmopolitan) from Fired Earth | Wood items, old glass vases or containers and feathers | Unprinted newspaper or just normal paper will do | No paint brushes required

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Dipped wooden heart

Simply dip your wooden object like this heart I got as a present from dear friends. Just dipping the tip in copper adds a bit of subtle sophistication to an item that I’ve had for more than 10 years.

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Dipped feathers

My goose and duck (Splodge and Gina) have been scattering the garden with their feathers. I love collecting them and do all sorts of crazy things for shoots. Recently I dipped them in Annie Sloan chalk paint so I went one step further and gave them a second dip (only the tips) in copper paint and grouped them together in a glass jar. It looks great and lasts much longer than flowers. I also now use them as a gorgeous finishing touch when wrapping a gift.

Stick the wet dipped feathers into a piece of Styrofoam that’s been placed on a sheet of unprinted newspaper and leave to dry. This is the easiest and least messy of all the methods I’ve tried.

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Dipped glass

I have been wanting to do something with my dust-gathering collection of glass jars, vases and bottles for a while now and dipping them in copper paint was the perfect solution. You don’t need to prime the surface and because the paint has a brushed metal quality it gives it a slight grain that is simply lovely.

The circular effect the jars made on my unprinted newspaper got me thinking … this would make the most amazing gift wrap so I left them to dry, rolled them up and will use them as such.

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The collection

My new collection of dipped items are proudly on display in what used to be a dull corner at the end of a dark passage in my home.

Now go forth and have fun! Just be careful as dipping is highly addictive.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what surface I’ve used as a backdrop for the picture … it’s the lovely distressed wood panelling wallpaper also from Fired Earth available at Builders Warehouse and no, this is not a sponsored post – sometimes we just love. Promise!

Happy styling,

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