Jerry built it, and I got to do the fun finishing part. I’m so excited about how my office work bench turned out! I followed these instructions found on eHow, to age the copper base. I sprayed the mixture of white vinegar, amonia, non-iodized salt, and within an hour it started to form a gorgeous verde patina.
To recap my intro post:
Rather than the metal pipe base, which you see quite a bit with industrial salvage furniture, I wanted a copper base. Word of warning though; after Jerry made this work bench with a copper base, we now know why most are made with a metal pipe base. First, copper piping is expensive and second, it’s a much softer metal. Not nearly as sturdy, BUT it looks amazing. In order to make this bench really usable, we added a 1″x 2″ wood support bracket to the wall, and anchored it to the wood top (from the bottom only).
This work bench is on the wall, just left of my desk, and next to the door and closet. So far, it’s been great for packing up my Etsy shop orders. Once it’s done, I may also use it as an area to take product shots; throughout the day my office gets really nice filtered light.
So, here’s what I did to finish it up. I sanded the top really well and then broke out the hammer and beat it up a bit. I used a walnut stain, threw on a couple coats – let it dry over night. Once the stain was dry, I rubbed on some black paint in the beat up spots. I love it.
Stop by Monday, to see the next project in the line up. It’s a BIG one!
Happy Weekend! xxoo