I decided to get a little funky with it, doing a sort of, kind of, faux verdigris treatment. Originally I was going to do something else so I painted it with Annie Sloan cream paint. This step is not necessary. Because you want the under color to look like it was copper, I painted it orange. You could use a copper spray paint too.
I stained the orange to make it look darker, more like copper.
I then use light blue (duck egg), turquoise and bright green and dabbed it over the orange, brushing it in some places, stippling it in others. I also painted the glass insert.
When that was dry I painted a white wash over it all. This is really watered down paint--75% water at least. I blot this with a rag.
I sanded next. When I sanded the stain came off the orange :(. If I had waited 24 hours before painting the blues and greens over the stained orange paint I think it would have been okay. After sanding I used Annie Sloan dark wax, leaving it uneven and blotchy in some spots.
The dated leg style looks much better.
I copper leafed the glass inset.
I wanted to leave a few spots unleafed (I am sure that is a word) that is why I painted the glass. I applied some dark wax over the leaf--gently with a soft cloth and then sealed it with a clear sealer.
Like I said, funky, but oh so much better and I think it looks rather high end now.
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