Copper handles everywhere!

When I was originally planning the design and look of our new kitchen I naturally went onto my favourite place, Pinterest, and honed my ideas there. So as you also know if you follow my blog (sporadically I am sure, as I’m not the most consistent blogger!) but I have been a fan of the copper trend for quite a while. So naturally I was going to get copper into my kitchen somehow. Below are a few inspirational pins from my Pinterest boards.

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I loved these handles against the dark grey units, from this blog.

And these cup handles from this blog.

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And then I saw this kitchen which was just perfect…from ohidesignblog.com

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Buuuuttttt. (and that’s a big but!) the price of brass handles is shocking! and I needed 45! YES 45!!! Now if each handle costs £12 and upwards… that was going to be way too much for the Handy Husband to indulge me in.

So, in order to get what I wanted, I needed to find an alternative. You can pick up cheap bar handles from Howdens for a couple of quid… which I did, and then I looked into getting them coppered.

So after researching, I found that you can electroplate copper onto pretty much anything metal. Woo hoo!. So the amazing guys from Hampshire Electroplating Co put the copper onto my cheap as chips handles – oh boy did they look the bees knees (the handles…!!). Then of course I had to get these beauties lacquered. So I took them to another local company, Trestan, who do powder coating on all things metal. Again they are stars and did a wonderful job on my handles. I am sure the lads at both these companies rue the day I walked into their businesses, but I want to say thank you so much to them all for being patient and for doing such an amazing job.

But before the big reveal I just wanted to show you what we have been living with. (SO last Christmas!)

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So here are my babies now. Please don’t dribble all over the screen, cos I know you are jealous.

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I also have cup pulls and knobs on the dresser part of the kitchen, just to make the unit seem more like a piece of furniture.

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And these little brackets I got on Ebay, I had the guys copper them too. They support the little shelf above the sink, and more importantly, my radio.

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Well, we got there in the end, as you all know with me, it’s all in the detail.

Have a good weekend

Emma x

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9 Responses to Copper handles everywhere!

  1. Caro says:

    They look really great Emma, if handles are on kitchen units, I’m guessing you are all finished!

  2. Caro says:

    If you have the gorgeous handles on now, I’m guessing you’re all finished!

  3. Ruth Emm says:

    Hi. These looks great. I am thinking about experimenting with spray painting handles. Did you try that at all? How much did the copper and coating end up costing you? Ruth

    • Emma says:

      Hi Ruth Emm

      I didn’t go down the copper spray route as handles in a kitchen are in a high wear area and I wasn’t sure that spraying would be a good option.
      The copper coating wasn’t all that expensive, but you would have to get a quote from someone in your area. Hope this helps
      Emma x

  4. Puk says:

    Hi Emma
    You have done exactly what I am trying to do. Any idea how much each handle came to cost with the treatments? I am looking at £11 per handle and need 50, so all too expensive.

  5. Puk says:

    PS – why did they need to be powder coated after the electroplating?
    Thanks in advance

    • Emma says:

      Hi Puk
      The handles were from Howdens and were only about £1.50 each handle (if that) we needed about 40 handles. Then the copper coating and power coating after came to I think (gosh it was a long time ago!) about £150. If you don’t seal in the copper it tarnishes quite quickly, and any finger marks on the copper before powder coating will tarnish too. I’m not a great fan of polishing handles.

  6. Janine says:

    Massive thank you! I was also on the hunt for impossible to source copper / rose gold handles and stumbled across your website. Lucky for me as I am from Southampton where both companies are based. Can not rate them higher enough. The guys were SO helpful, so polite and my handles are STUNNING!! I squealed when I collected them!!

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