Copper Counter tops Tutorial; Kitchen Renovation Thought

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Effectively hi there there fellow Remodelaholic readers, I’m right here to point out you my Copper Counter tops tutorial!

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I’m Merrilee, and after I’m not being rescued from fake peril by my 2 tremendous heroes I may be discovered at Lilliedale.

Lilliedale is a a spot the place I share my endeavors to stay a easy and ecologically accountable handmade way of life. From transforming to recipes my husband and I all the time try to make it ourselves, and as a rule we’re in love with the outcomes. I hope you pop over to see just a few of the opposite initiatives we’ve got carried out with our personal 4 fingers and some re-purposed supplies!

I’m so jazzed that Cassity requested me over in the present day to share a bit in regards to the copper counters we put in in our kitchen. It’s a protracted one, so get cozy!

DIY Copper Counter tops Tutorial

Once we determined to revamp our tiny kitchen we selected a aim of utilizing as many re-purposed and recycled objects as we might. For essentially the most half we had been capable of give every little thing a second life. We purchased second hand home equipment, used an previous kitchen desk for our butcher block, turned vases into lighting,re-painted the prevailing cupboards, and even used brown paper baggage because the flooring.

When it got here to the counter tops we needed one thing particular, in any case we had saved a lot cash on all these different objects, proper?

We needed new counter tops and one thing distinctive, heat and wealthy trying. Being a Jeweler/Steel employee I’ve all the time had a love for copper, and we had all the time beloved the way in which the copper counters regarded in certainly one of our favourite espresso outlets, so we selected copper and off we went.

See beneath for the professional’s and con’s of copper as a kitchen floor, I recommend you absolutely learn up on copper earlier than deciding to go for it. Copper shouldn’t be for everybody as a result of it requires plenty of upkeep, I nonetheless, don’t thoughts the work and LOVE LOVE LOVE the depth and wonder that the copper provides my kitchen.

Putting in copper as a floor is lots like putting in laminate counter tops. Principally all you might be doing is making use of a skinny sheet of copper over a robust base of MDF or plywood substrate. There are plenty of tutorials on the market and you need to select the appropriate one in your skills and wishes, in the present day I’ll present you the way we did ours. There are additionally actually nice ones at this Garden Web Forum.

Supplies Wanted for the New Countertop

Here’s a very primary checklist of the supplies that you will want:

  • 16 or 20 oz copper sheeting (I ordered mine from an area roofing firm)
  • 2 layers of three/4″ MDF or plywood
  • Dremel or desk noticed with metallic slicing blade
  • about 100 bar clamps of all sizes (purchase and borrow if needed!)
  • information
  • sandpaper
  • Drill and Screws

Dealing with the Copper

We used 16 oz copper roofing materials as a substitute of the really useful 20 oz sheeting. We had been simply very cautious to not dent, bend, or tear it earlier than laminating it and it labored out positive.

We transported it from the provider to our dwelling sandwiched flat between 2 sheets of plywood to keep away from dings and dents as a substitute of the really useful technique of rolling it up trigger that’s simply asking for issues (i.e. dings and dents) whenever you un-roll it!!

Step 1: Take away previous Countertop

We began by eradicating all of the earlier plywood all the way in which right down to the cupboards as a result of the prevailing counter was not degree and the plywood had in depth water harm. In case your current wooden substrate is degree and in good situation you may simply lay the mdf proper on prime of it. 

Are you able to cowl an current countertop?

I’ve heard of individuals laying the copper on prime of laminate however I don’t advocate it, as a result of the glue is designed to soak into the mdf which it clearly couldn’t do on laminate.

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Step 2: Set up the MDF Sheets

Subsequent we reduce sheets of three/4″ MDF and screwed it to the the highest of the bottom cupboards. On prime of the primary layer of MDF we positioned one other layer of three/4″ mdf however didn’t screw it down. On the nook of the L form we used miter bolts in holes we routed out from beneath to affix the two sections securely on the highest layer of MDF. One thing like this…

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To safe the highest layer of mdf to the underside layer we utilized development adhesive in between the first and 2nd layers after which screwed them collectively from beneath (ie, inside the cupboards up into the primary and second layers of mdf)

You do that so there aren’t any screw holes on the highest floor that you would need to fill and sand and they might in all probability nonetheless present by means of the copper.

NOTE: We didn’t screw this in place till after the copper had been utilized, in order that we might simply slide the whole unit out to clamp the entrance edge. complicated I do know however keep on with me…

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Step 3: Putting in the Edges

For the sides we screwed oak boards into the mdf and plywood earlier than making use of the copper sheeting. Mdf is comparatively smooth and can dent simpler than oak will. This can be a fairly customary method of doing edges when making use of common laminate.

After screwing the oak boards to the edges we then stuffed and sanded the holes completely clean so they’d not present beneath the skinny layer of copper.

We determined to use the copper to the edges earlier than placing the highest on to keep away from having the seam on prime. When you have entry to or want to make a sheet metallic brake then you may simply bend it to a 90 angle and glue it down. I nonetheless didn’t need a rounded edge, however there are just a few tutorials round if that’s the way in which you wish to go.

We reduce strips from our giant sheets of copper with a dremel in our storage. This step takes perpetually however makes an ideal reduce with out warping the copper as shears would. Merely lay the sheet out with a board beneath to raise it a bit. then mark your line, put goggles on, and patiently reduce alongside your line. Reduce your strip a couple of quarter inch wider than you want so it may be filed/sanded down to suit completely after it’s put in place.

Prep your surfaces by evenly sanding the again of the copper and cleansing each the oak edge and the copper with rubbing alcohol.

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Should Use This Glue:

That is the ONLY adhesive I recommend you employ, TC-20 Premium Copper Adhesive, it’s well worth the cash, cleans up with water, is VOC free and has a protracted working time. Sure, you would use development adhesive however that is so a lot better and has twice the working time. You’ll be able to order it a number of locations however I bought mine and a glue curler collectively here.

Comply with the instructions on the glue and apply glue to the again of the clear copper and oak edges and tape into place.  Then clamp ayway!

(See how the whole factor is scooted out a bit so we are able to clamp to the again edge. Later we glued and screwed the mdf to the decrease sheet of mdf like I discussed above)

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It’s best to have just a few units of fingers to rapidly clamp the sting. The glue permits fairly a little bit of working time, however I do advocate cleansing up any that squeezes out with a moist towel whereas it’s nonetheless moist. As you may inform we used A LOT of clamps, the extra the higher! We positioned one other board over the copper earlier than clamping so the clamps wouldn’t mar the copper and would evenly dissipate the strain.

Permit the sides to dry in a single day earlier than eradicating the clamps. As soon as dry, file and sand the highest edge flush with the mdf layer. The copper prime will go over this so it can be crucial that it’s completely flat and clean.

Step 4: Glue on the Copper Sheets

Subsequent we reduce the copper sheets to only a bit bigger than what we needed our completed measurement to be. We used the manufacturing facility fringe of the copper for the entrance and positioned our reduce edge within the again, that is solely vital in case you are doing a “L” form or lengthy span and should have a seam on the highest. Ideally you wish to mate the two manufacturing facility edges collectively to make an ideal seam.

*Discover within the image above that we had already reduce out the sink gap out of the mdf sub-layer. Do that, however wait to chop the sink gap within the copper till after it’s glued down.

Prep the again of the copper and the highest of the mdf by evenly sanding the copper and cleansing each with rubbing alcohol. We had an “L” form so we selected to put only one section at a time.

Apply the glue with a curler CAREFULLY and lay down the copper. Clean out all air bubbles and canopy with one other sheet of mdf. You’ll do that in order that the strain from the clamps is evenly distributed and that the clamps don’t mar the floor.

Here’s a basic concept of the way it needs to be laid out in order that the seam can be on the sting and never on the highest. Fairly snazzy sketch huh?

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This ridiculous image is as a result of we figured that the extra weight and strain we utilized the much less air bubbles we would get. So we positioned nearly each moveable heavy object in our dwelling on prime of the mdf. It labored too as a result of there aren’t any air pockets beneath the copper. Additionally we didn’t apply an excessive amount of weight on prime of the place the sink could be to keep away from denting the copper that had no mdf beneath it.

Weighing Down The Countertop After Gluing Down Copper Countertop Tutorial

After permitting the glue to dry in a single day we eliminated the clamps, scooted the entire shebang again and into place and glued and screwed it to the plywood layer from beneath as I mentioned earlier.

Subsequent, we filed and sanded in order that the sting seems to be 1 stable piece. As I’ve talked about earlier than I’m a jeweler/ fabricator so this went quick and straightforward for me. Largely you simply must guarantee that the sides really feel clean and that there is no such thing as a hole between the highest layer and the sting, If there’s then you may squish in some only for copper epoxy putty I used this as a substitute of solder.

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I bought mine at Ace {hardware} and adopted the manufactures directions to be used. that is additionally what we used to fill the seam on the highest of the counter. I merely smooshed it into the clear crack, waited for it to dry then sanded it flush.

Here’s what the completed edge appears like.

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See the way it appears like 1 stable piece fairly than 2 sheets butted collectively.

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Right here is the one outdoors nook. It appears just like the nook is sharp however is is by no means sharp, it really barely rounded on the level. additionally discover the little bit of oxidation on the underside, it may well simply be cleaned off with a scrubby.

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Right here is the one inside nook that additionally traces up with the one prime seam. That is the place I discussed the manufacturing facility edge is vital in order that the highest seam look straight and solely a bit noticeable when completed.

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Conclusion

Ultimately we’re positively proud of how we did the copper countertop, however we needed to do plenty of figuring and drawback fixing to make the opposite strategies we had seen work greatest for our house. If you happen to ought to select to put in an analogous floor you’ll in all probability should do plenty of your individual adjusting to make it give you the results you want.

It has been simply over a yr and I’m completely satisfied to say that our counter nonetheless is scratch/dent free except 1 small dent that got here with the copper sheet. We now have no air bubbles and nonetheless love the way in which it appears is our dwelling.

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They give the impression of being good day or night time!

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Care and Upkeep:

How I clear my copper countertop. 1-2 occasions per week I take away every little thing from the counter. Scrub it down with a non-scratching sponge and soapy water. Then utilizing a light-weight multi-surface spray wax, (I take advantage of Swiffer Dust and shine furniture polish) I polish the floor.

Patina With Green Spots Copper Countertops
Earlier than cleansing
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After Being Cleaned and Polished

Earlier than it’s cleaned there are inexperienced spots “verdigris” from water drops. The spots will come proper off however see the ring from a glass over in the appropriate nook, that won’t polish out until you employ a heavier polish. Secondly, this image has been cleaned and polished. The “residing” elements-residual marks are nonetheless there, besides now the inexperienced spots are gone.

After Cleaning And Polishing With Wax Care And Mainenance Of Copper Countertops

Right here is identical polished spot however shot from a special angle, see how clear and glossy it’s regardless of that mottled patina of the floor.

If you happen to’d wish to get again to a more moderen look, you would strive what folks do for copper pans, by cleansing it with a mix of lemon juice and salt. Though contemplating the quantity of sq. ft, and the quantity of elbow grease you’ll should put in, be sure you have the time and inclination to complete the entire undertaking or don’t begin. The directions are to chop a lemon in half and sprinkle a little bit of desk salt on the reduce aspect. now, rub in your counters for about 10 minutes and any piece of copper that has minimal stains or a bit patina ought to sparkle.

You possibly can additionally think about a industrial copper cleaner.

DIY Copper Countertop Questions and Solutions?

Is copper an excellent kitchen countertop?

A copper end shouldn’t be sealed and subsequently it’s just like the countertop is alive with ever altering, oxidizing, newness. I wish to say, it has a “residing” end. If one thing is available in contact with copper it would go away a mark. This provides a lot curiosity to the end in my thoughts. It has a mottled depth and many curiosity. It additionally typically appears a bit grungy. I like it.

Copper has anti-microbial properties, which makes it superb to be used in a kitchen. Additionally micro organism is killed on contact with copper, once more one other profit in a kitchen setting.

Warning: Copper can scratch and dent simply as a result of it’s a smooth metallic. So further care needs to be taken to keep away from marks, dents and scratches. It’s doable to sand out a scratch, however watch out as a result of if the thickness shouldn’t be excessive, it’s possible you’ll put on down the floor.

What are Copper Counter tops Price?

Copper is getting costlier, as it’s thought of a semi-precious metallic. It could not presently be an excellent inexpensive choice. You would want to examine with native metallic suppliers to get a present market worth of a 20 oz sheet of roofing copper and think about the MDF, glues and epoxy fillers – plus any instruments wanted. In fact the extra labor you do the extra inexpensive it makes any undertaking, however time can be a invaluable commodity so that you may wish to issue that in.

How thick ought to the copper be?

20 oz sheeting is really useful. A 20 oz sheet of copper is the same as 21 gauge thickness -it isn’t actual that is the closest gauge to the 20oz sheeting.

For this tutorial a 16 oz sheet was used which is a couple of 24 gauge. (the person promoting tried to get me to purchase 20oz) It’s skinny sufficient to bend together with your fingers, however too thick to chop properly with tin snips.

Are you able to cowl an current Countertop?

The specialty glue we used soaks into and adheres to MDF to create a robust stable bond. In case your present counter is degree and in fine condition you would add the MDF proper on prime and glue between the layers with a development adhesive.

I have no idea if the glue we used (which I extremely advocate) would work for utility on an current laminate countertop for instance. You’ll have to do analysis to discover a totally different adhesive. Additionally, no matter floor you connect it too have to be completely clean in order that it doesn’t present by means of. (bear in mind its a smooth metallic, if it doesn’t present up instantly it could present up after time and use)

Are copper counter tops sturdy?

Sure and no however like talked about above they do react and consistently change over time. If the sort of mottled end would hassle you then copper is NOT a sensible choice for you.

Disadvantages of copper counter tops: copper can scratch and dent simply as a result of it’s a smooth metallic. So further care needs to be taken to keep away from marks, dents and scratches. It’s doable to sand out a scratch, however watch out as a result of if the thickness shouldn’t be excessive, it’s possible you’ll put on down the floor.

The brand new penny end when first put in will NOT final. It should age and keep that method thereafter.

The way to seal a copper countertop.

The one end I take advantage of is a light-weight furnishings wax at the least twice weekly.

Any end you paint on the copper will finally rub and peel off in heavy visitors areas so I don’t advocate any sort of roll on end.

There’s one exception that *MAY* work (I’ve not examined this on sheet items). I’ve seen penny counter tops which can be set in epoxy. If you happen to just like the preliminary look of copper and wish to keep it with out the getting old, you would want to epoxy the highest instantly.

I think about the copper should still age however this principle would should be examined for certain. It could be contact to air that ages it to a brown end, so the epoxy could keep the brand new copper look. I recommend testing this on a small pattern if you wish to know the way it will work, as a result of I can’t let you know from private expertise what is going to occur, however the concept appears sound.

Why Copper for counter tops?

There’s a distinctive magnificence to copper. They’ve an inherent heat that I simply love. My type didn’t lean towards granite, quartz or marble (additionally the price of such is prohibitive), I didn’t wish to cope with cleansing grout and I needed one thing increased finish than laminate. An area favourite espresso store has copper counter tops I’ve all the time admired. So my analysis started by devouring each discussion board, calling native suppliers of metallic.

When you have any further questions be at liberty to ask, I’m all the time glad to share and assist.

Thanks once more to Cassity for having me over and I hope you all cease by Lilliedale and take a look at just a few of our different handmade initiatives!

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