Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Copper Dipped Pots and Jars


Thank you all so much for your suggestions for badger related gifts, especially the t-shirts. You amaze me with your kindness and goodwill. I've looked at all the links but decided in the end to buy some good quality plain t-shirts and applique on my own version of a badger. I wanted something in the style of Boden or Joules, something bright, graphic and colurful. I will share my results with you; I sense a badger themed post coming up, not a subject I ever thought I'd be blogging about! 

Thanks also for the bird feeder advice. You lot know everything! After standing outside and looking in I thought the big, shiny tap slap bang in the middle of the kitchen window might be a deterrent so I moved the feeder to spot a little further away, but where we can still watch activity (if we ever get any) from the dining room. Nothing to report yet. I think it's been too windy, I've hardly seen any birds over the last few days. But we did find a nest in a large bush in the garden. We've left it well alone as even I know not to disturb a nest, but the kids were very excited. It's empty but we saw a blackbird flying in and out with bits of dried grass at the weekend, so maybe there will be something in it soon? Actually, I'm a bit excited too. 

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Anyway, to today's subject. Don't you just love it when you come across a little crafty project that is cheap, quick, very easy and satisfying too? Sometimes you just need instant gratification, and I found that today in the form of a can of copper spray paint. But first, let me warn you: spray painting stuff is very addictive.* I have been wandering around the house looking for things to spray but luckily for everyone found most of my targets in our recycling bin. 

You will need:
  • A can of spray paint. I chose this brand** and liked it very much - it went on smoothly, no runs, good coverage. They do other metallic colours too but I love the pink tones of copper.
  • Various pots, jam jars and cans, or perhaps vases or pots that have seen better days.
  • Masking tape.
  • Clingfilm.
Use the masking tape to create your line between sprayed and unsprayed areas, covering the bits you want to stay clear with clingfilm. 



With this brand you can re-coat in half an hour so it's quite fast drying. Then, when it's dry and you're happy with it, peel off the masking tape and be dazzled. I'm not sure what kind of heavy duty use these would stand up to, but I spilled water all over the sprayed jars while filling them for the flowers and can report that nothing ran.

I found an old mason jar that was missing a lid and, with the centrally placed logo, decided to spray the whole thing.


Here is a white ceramic pot, bought in the bargain bin in M&S years ago, which I was using to keep cotton buds in on my dressing table. It was going to go to the charity shop - now it's my new favourite thing. I love the contrast between the copper and the white.


This is just a plain jam jar.



And these glass dishes are the ones that come free with GU puddings. They make excellent tea light holders, but small metal cans would work well too, providing you filed off the sharp edges well first. Imagine how good lots and lots of those would look grouped together.


This is a coffee jar, one of the Douwe Egberts reusable ones with the glass lids. (Speaking of which, have you seen their limited edition Orla Kiely jars?? Exciting! Not that I'm looking out for them or anything...)
 


The scent of the sweet pea has earned it a place on my bedside table.


Happy spraying!

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* It's also nasty stuff, so read the safety guidelines on the can and make sure you use it in a well ventilated area. 

** This is not a sponsored post, it's just that B&Q happens to be our nearest DIY store, and I know people like links to things. 

31 comments:

Mac n' Janet said...

What a great idea, they're beautiful.

Sarah said...

Great idea! I especially like the tealight holders - the candlelight looks lovely against the copper (and I have a whole drawer of those Gu dishes to get rid of...)

Lisa from @intotheglade said...

The copper looks so beautiful. I love how you have masked them off and got such a sharp line. So effective! Ah yes, I too have found that the people of blog land are mostly very wise xx

Julia said...

They are gorgeous, Gillian! Such a brilliant idea! And I love your blue wall.

Gracie Saylor said...

As yet I have not experimented much with spray paint, but I think your efforts are very clever, Gillian. xx

VeggieMummy said...

Wow, those are so effective and it sounds great fun too! I love the copper against the blue wall. Happy spraying! xx

CJ said...

Brilliant idea, they're great. I'm very impressed that you have a sweet pea in early May! CJ xx

Ingrid Orens said...

I especially love the combination of the white ceramic with the warm copper !

Librarian said...

The copper and white really looks great! I agree about the addictive side of spray-painting... haven't done it myself in a long time, but my late husband was an accomplished "sprayer" :-) He did several pieces of conservatory furniture for his Mum and then some bits at our place.

Gillian said...

Ahem. Well yes, actually it was waitrose that had the sweet pea not my garden. X

Jane said...

They look great Gillian, the contrast of the copper with the white looks lovely and what a lovely warm glow the tea lights give. Enjoy the rest of your week. Jane xx

Pema Brunet said...

Fantastic and professional-looking work!

Gillian said...

The copper looks really great. Do you have sweet pea flowering already?

Marion Ogden said...

They look great! You've done a really neat job. They actually look like they've been bought from a shop! X

Debdor said...

Wow, I bought the sunflower and the apple Orla Keilly jars last week, because I love the coffee and it was on offer. I have just looked on ebay, and they are going for silly money.... I now have the urge to spray paint everything I own copper!

Anonymous said...

How fab! Love how they look against your dark blue wall. Genius!

Penny said...

Oh! Did I hear you say 'Orla Kiely coffee jar'!!?! I will be hot footing it to my nearest supermarket right now! And those jars- genius! The contrast of the coppers against the blue wall (ah, that blue wall, sigh...) and the white blossoms- really stunning, and wonderfully creative. I am regularly inspired by my visits here Gillian, thank you so much X

Anonymous said...

Very lovely indeed. Great idea. I have tucked-away cupboard full of saved jars and little ramekins that my husband tuts over whenever he spies them. This will be a great way to transform them. Hurrah. Thank you! Sam x

Julie said...

This is such a good idea. I particularly love the warmth of the copper. I also wanted to tell you that I'm now obsessed with tracking down some dark chocolate Tunnock's teacakes! I've never seen any around here but I'm on a mission! x

Louise said...

They look really good!

Jennifer said...

I love them. I think the copper is a really great choice, it has such a warm look. They look especially great against your blue bedroom wall. So now I have bedroom envy as well as jar envy, it's all just piling up over here. :) Thanks for sharing this interesting project with us.

Emm.A said...

those jars and pots look so beautiful! It's amazing that sometimes the easiest things turn out to look the most beautiful! I can't wait to have a house myself to get crazy with diy and decorations. Right now our space is so limited that every decoration would just look like clutter! :(

Anne Schueler said...

Such a clever idea! Looks absolutly great!

Take care
Anne (Crochet Between Worlds)

Heldasland said...

What an interesting project .The copper has a warmth to it. Love the sweet peas. thanks for sharing

Katie said...

how brilliant! Knew I was saving all of those glass jars for something!

Nell said...

What a great idea! I think even I could manage this which will please my daughter immensely as she tells me copper is the latest thing in home accessories!

Susan Smith said...

Lovely Gillian and I'm really impressed with what you've achieved. I'm really loving your ideas and creativeness. I'm sure I can feel that you are so contented being back home. Take care.

Taciana Simmons said...

Just gorgeous Gillian. You have such impeccable taste!

mags said...

Amazing! I love the copper against the blue as well. It might be hard to stop! Xxx

Alison said...

Oh wow, they look great, especially against the blue wall, as others have mentioned. Fab. I will be looking for things to spray here too. xx

Angela said...

Oooh, these look fabulous! I've been meaning to buy some gold spray paint for a while to do similar but I think I love the copper much much more! (Also kicking myself for recycling some Gu pots last week.)