Copper and Wine
A return client requested our assistance in building a wine cellar and small kitchenette that complimented casework we had previously fashioned for them.
We do not use kit materials to design or build our wine rooms, instead we base our spacing and open rack work on the specific dimensions of bottles to be stored and the relation of any custom openings, from center. The racking towers were fabricated out of Alder and joined with a half lap joint, then slightly distressed- by breaking edges unevenly and applying some abrasion details. The finish was dye stain and wax, which gives a warm dull finish to the wood and elicits a beautifully aged feel to the room.
CUSTOM FITTING. We base our spacing and open rack work on the specific dimensions of bottles to be stored and the relation of any custom openings, from center.
WET BAR AREA. We were able to patina the surface using heat, timing, and the application of ammonium chloride, lead acetate, copper sulfate, and water in order to match the existing hammered copper sink.
Adjacent to the cellar was a small wet bar that needed a custom backsplash to match a distinctive hammered copper sink our client procured while traveling. First, we built a template of the arched ceiling and backsplash, then hand-created the seams where the copper sheets could be “rolled” into. Once the copper was formed and applied to the substrate, we used a ball peen hammer to texturize the final surface.
While patina on copper is a natural process (and the sink had years of age on our backsplash), we quick-time patinad the surface using heat, and the application of ammonium chloride, lead acetate, copper sulfate, and water. The result was: a once shiny, new piece of bright clean copper was transformed to the matching familial color of the sink; both which over time, will continue to darken and soften in sheen.