A copper counter top is a bit of foolish impracticality. It's soft,
easily marred, corrodes in contact with common bath products and will
look like junk in a few months of use. Rather than choosing something
totally unsuitable for the application, if you just want the look
without the stress, try a copper paint on a harder substrate. Maybe
talk to a plating shop about heavy copper plating on a steel backing.
Agreed. A friend had copper countertops installed in her kitchen, and they
looked merely "ok" for the first two months and really dreadful for the next
six years until she had enough money to replace them. A complete waste and
misuse of copper, and a horrendously expensive mistake, and that was 20
years ago when copper was "cheap" compated to today's prices. DON'T DO IT!!!
Before replacing our kitchen counter top we tried Tremclad Hammer Finish
Rust paint, we first tried gold which actually looked green and didn't like
it. Tried the copper colour and WOW! looks very sharp.
We used Hamerite rust paint on a bathroom counter when we first moved in 11
years ago. Held up very well, and due to the nature of the finish touched up
very well after about 8 years. It has a silicone formulation that makes it
very hard. I couldn't find Hamerite this time around but the Tremclad seems
to be the same, perhaps they bought out Hamerite?
Anyway for the price of a pint of the stuff you might want to give it try,
you'll be amazed how much like a real metal finish it will look like but
will hold up much better over time.
I'm interested in hearing more about copper counter tops being a bad
We've had a hammered copper sink for years and it looks great. Perhaps
I failed to specify that we are (were?) planning to use copper that
already has a distressed antique look, like this:
Does that change things?
Ah, I see. My friend installed shiny pot-bottom copper on her kitchen
countertops, and they looked like crap nearly immediately. They were
impossible to keep clean and they stained and scratched easily. Your picture
looks nothing like my friend's kitchen.
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