Copper wall decor: how to create an aged copper feature wall
Add a touch of grandeur to any room with this step-by-step to painting an aged and distressed copper wall
A copper wall can add vintage glamour to any room. Charlotte Anderson-Fox used it to great effect in her bathroom.
‘The bathroom was in good condition when we moved in, so thankfully I didn’t have to do much to it initially. When I started thinking about giving the room my own stamp, I saw some real copper used on a shop wall and loved it. I knew it wasn’t practical to use in my home, so I did some research and found this copper-effect paint from Craig & Rose. You just paint the wall, dab it with a sponge then paint on the solution where you want the patina effect to be.”
You can also get the paint in a spray format
Here she shares her top tips for creating the look.
How do you make a copper effect wall?
Firstly, prepare the area. Protect all the floors and furniture with dust sheets or old blankets and make sure the wall or surface is completely clean and dust-free; sugar soap will get rid of any dirt and grease.
Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure you have given the paint a really good stir.
Then completely cover the wall with the copper-effect paint using a roller to give even coverage.
Once this first layer has dried, paint another layer over it and while the paint is still wet, create a rough effect using a sponge or cloth to dab or rub off sections, or a brush to give a more textured effect.
Once this has dried, use the copper patina solution that makes the effect come to life. Protect your hands with gloves and apply the solution with a sponge where you want the effect to show. It’s really up to you where it goes but don’t cover the whole wall; the effect works best as a detail. Be patient as the patina will develop over time and can take a couple of weeks to completely take hold