My kitchen utensil holder was in pretty rough shape. It had gone through a couple different makeover’s over the years, and it was way past time for an update. I wanted a clean modern look with a touch of copper. You’d be surprised that this makeover was completed from start to finish in just a few hours.
My grandmother gave me this utensil holder crock for Christmas in the ’80’s. It was cream with light blue and yellow accents and had a big goose printed on it. Remember those? Over the years, it’s been painted a few times to match whatever decor I had going on in my kitchen at the time. The last time it was painted an oil rubbed bronze color. With years of use, you can see the paint starting to chip around the rim.
To get a smoother look when painting, I decided to sand the rim and the sides with a fine grit sand paper first. It took a few minutes to sand down. Once cleaned and dried, it was ready for paint.
Using a white semi gloss spray paint from Rust-Oleum, I applied two coats of paint. Allow the paint to fully dry between coats.
Because I wanted to add copper, I gathered some of my embossing supplies. If you want more information on where I get embossing supplies, please check out my post Metal Embossing The Basics #1: Metal & Tools.
To cut the metal, I score it on a hard surface or a cutting board that I use only for metal work. I use the tool pictured above. This tool cost me about $1.50 and I purchased it at an art store several years ago. It is perfect for the task.
Using a metal ruler, I measured the size piece I needed. Then following the edge of the metal ruler, I scored the metal to get a nice straight cut.
I wrapped the metal around the utensil holder just to make sure that the ends lined up well.
The embossing on the metal was done with a cup and ball metal embossing tool. I laid the metal on a soft surface to do this simple embossing. I use a rubber mat, but you can use a magazine, piece of suede or even a small stack of newspaper. On the back side of the metal (which was silver), I used the ball tool to make several ball shapes by just swirling the ball tool in a tight circular motion applying a light pressure.
Next, lay the metal face up on a hard surface. I use an old marble tile, you could use an old tabletop or any other hard work-table type surface. Using the other end of the cup and ball tool, cup each one of the raised embossed circles. This helps to define the circles.
To finish off the edges, I used my basic stylist tool on a soft surface, and following the edge of the metal ruler, I lightly scored a straight line.
Here is a picture of the edge work on the front of the metal. The embossing on this piece is very simple and took about 5 minutes to complete.
To attach the metal to the utensil holder, I applied E6000 glue just at the back where the sides overlap. I glued one end of the metal to the crock, then overlapped the metal from the end and glued that down on top of the other metal end. I used painters tape to hold everything in place while the glue dried. I allowed it to dry for 48 hours.
The pictures don’t do this piece justice at all. It looks like there are lines, the metal is smooth other than the embossed design. The lines are just the reflection of the light. The metal is bright and shiny. Sadly, this amateur photographer can’t seem to get a great picture. I’ll try again in better light and if successful, I’ll update the post with a few better pictures.
For now, you’ll have to take my word for it. It really is beautiful!
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If you want to learn more about metal embossing, check out our 4 part Metal Embossing for Beginners series to help you get started.
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