May 27, 2016

Black Coffee Table with Copper Top Technique

So today I present another chunky coffee table but with a cool picture frame top and a very fun copper top layered technique that I have now done on several pieces because it is so fun! 

Did I say it was fun?
The secret is using brown paper bags!

It is fool proof! You can't make a mistake and each piece turns out differently so that floats my boat far into the sea. I am not a cookie cutter painter.

Wanna see?
(I am going to apologize now for the pics bc my old camera died and I just had my smart phone for these pictures! But you will get the gist.)

I removed the top frame and the back piece and painted the base and frame black. I basically paint anything chunky black. It just looks good to me.

Then I got to work on my copper top. I painted a base coat of navy and then dry brushed white over it. I dabbed on copper paint and let dry. I dry brushed more navy in places I thought it needed it. Then I painted the whole thing gold and took off the gold with brown paper bags. I let it dry then did copper paint and  took off the copper with brown paper bags. Get new bags for each layer and crumble them up before laying on top of the paint. Press the bag into the paint and then pull off. You get great crinkles in the paint when you remove the bag.

This is what it looked like when I was done.

This is the up close showing all the great nooks and crannies of the layers. You can use any base color I guess but I loved the look of the navy peeking through. I then sealed it with 3 coats of poly to keep it looking good and make it durable.

Here is the fun part. Differnet light made differnt parts of the layers shine. Here it looks green even though I used navy paint.

From this angle it looks more gray and silver.

You can not go wrong with this technique bc if you don't like how it looks you can just add more paint and then remove what you like with the paper bags until you have a finished product that you love. Experiment with colors and combinations to see which ones you like best. 

The possibilities are endless.

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