From Dean Dowd on May 07, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel
Have you ever seen hammered copper sinks, range hoods, and countertopping? If you havent, you have truly missed an elegant and luxurious treat. There is no question the look is stunning, but will it last? The practice of hammering copper originated all the way back before the 16th century by Native Mexican Tarascos. The tradition was passed down to modern Mexican craftsmen, and is now a classy inclusion in American kitchens and bathrooms. Copper is being heralded as the new stainless. It is a durable material that has stood the test of time. Already available in small appliances, and at a very expensive range (try $47,500), it is predicted to gradually take over kitchens. Although very durable, copper products require some special steps for maintenance. Copper sinks come with a patina finish that will change with use. It is advisable to avoid contact with certain foods including citrus, vinegar, and alcohol. If one of these substances damages the finish, you can reseal the spot with the sealer provided by the manufacturer. Because most copper fixtures come with a patina, or living, finish; it will tend to turn green and blue over time. Some people love the constantly changing look, and simply clean the surface with warm soap and water. If you really love the shiny look, you can use copper cleaners. To avoid damaging the surface, dont use abrasive chemicals or materials. Copper is not limited to sinks, countertops, and range hoods. Accessorize your kitchen with copper platters, faucets, light fixtures, vases, and pitchers. A copper backsplash can be a striking compliment to a stone or concrete countertopping. How about a copper table top with cast-iron legs? If you are remodeling your kitchen and want to add some classic warmth, talk with your remodeling contractor about incorporating copper into your theme.