“Looks like stuff I spent hours trying to get rid of when I was an apprentice.”
“Good, that’s the look I was going for.”
Husband and I don’t agree about verdigris. I love the patina, the idea of something ancient looking, the layers of character, and the colors. Husband just sees something that needs to be sanded and restored to pristine sparkle.
The backyard bodega (storage shed) proved a little to damp for the NSF wire rack. It rusted and was on it’s way to a bad end. I replaced it with plastic shelving and attacked it with a wire brush. Then I got the brilliant idea of using copper color paint instead of bright silver. If I had used spray paint, maybe it would have worked better.
It didn’t occur to me to take pictures along the way. The first layer is Berel 100% Acrilico Esmalte Metálico in cobre (copper colored acrylic enamel) that I bought at Home Depot. I mixed some left over Comex house paint in Calypso, the turquoise color we used on the wall behind the pool with water and cal to make chalk paint. Cal is used in making cement and is basically gypsum. I also used other random phthalo green based colors in my paint box. I just randomly dabbed colors on. In some places I wiped the colors off, there was not much method but it was fun and I really like my cart.
I didn’t bother to put on the back pieces, the rest of the shelves are added to another shelving unit elsewhere in the house. I use a couple of old record racks and file folder stands to store canvases. My paints are in the tool boxes which I plan on painting someday.
I also painted a black plastic waste basket to match. I needed a place to store pattern graph paper, tag board, posters, and maps that I had rolled, but needed something waterproof. One of the drawbacks of cement tile floors is that everything either needs to be waterproof or easily moved when the floors are mopped.