Want to add curb appeal to your home on a budget? Here’s a simple DIY you can create in a weekend. How to paint a faux copper metal roof.
Have you ever noticed that bay window on the side of the house?
See it right there on the left?
That roof on top is made of some unknown metal.
I asked my mother.
I asked people who have lived here for centuries.
I tried with every fiber of my being to uncover the metal underneath all the years of dirt and paint overspray and general life. To absolutely positively no avail. The metal remained a mystery.
And you know what else the metal remained? Dirty. Paint sprayed. Sad. Neglected.
So I came up with an idea. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work. I wasn’t sure what it was going to look like. But I wanted to try any way.
So here’s the story glory.
Of how to paint a faux metal copper roof.
How To Paint a Faux Copper Metal Roof
Here’s a close-up of the before of the roof.
YIKES to the entire thing.
How to paint a metal copper roof step 1: build scaffolding
Because of all the repairs that needed to be done, my husband wanted to use scaffolding.
We started the project by building up the scaffolding to the window.
(total aside: someone asked me in the last post who the “we” was. My part of the “we” is supervising. And just between you and me—I have a PhD in it. :))
Step 2: replace any wood or flashing
When figuring out how to paint a metal copper roof, you’ll soon discover that it’s a give a mouse a cookie kind of project.
Once we decided to paint the roof, we discovered some boards that needed to be replaced.
You can also replace the flashing if needed.
My husband is going to go back and add real copper flashing around the top of the roof to wick away water (and make it look even cuter).
How to paint a metal copper roof step 3: Tape off the house and use plastic to protect the windows
The next step in figuring out how to paint a metal copper roof is taping. My husband taped off the area around the window with painter’s tape and brown paper to protect the house.
Then, he added plastic to the edge of the window to protect it from overspray.
Double-check to make sure everything is sealed.
Step 4: Spray the roof
We used this spray paint for the roof (the color is so much more “coppery” than it appears online).
I did a little research to find a spray paint that would work for this project.
This one is a paint and primer in one and designed for indoor and outdoor spaces and prevents rust and you can use it on metal.
Here are a few of the tips on how to paint a metal copper roof that we learned along the way:
- Make sure your spray paint has a primer.
- You will need at least three coats to make sure you have an even finish.
- LIGHTLY spray the coats to prevent dripping.
- After the last coat, I came up with a brilliant idea to add even more patina. My husband would spray the paint and then use a brush to cross hatch the spray paint to create a brilliant patina that catches the light. In the sunshine, it is so pretty.
Step 5: Remove the tape
Clean up the area.
Remove the tape and the paper.
Take down the scaffolding.
Here’s a hint of what the roof looks like.
Rounding the corner.
And here’s the house with the new roof.
I wish you could see it in real life.
IT IS AMAZING.
It sparkles in the sunshine and the patina is so pretty.
And when he adds the real copper flashing around the edges it’s going to be a show stopper.
And the best part?
It only cost four cans of spray paint.
It would have been SO EXPENSIVE to add a real copper roof.
We learned how to paint a metal copper roof for a minuscule of the cost.
I think it’s going to age so well over time and look a little more distressed in places and even more authentic.
And such a great reminder.
That it doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful.
PS You can see the entire before and after of this house and all the projects we’ve done here.
It’s been such a fun journey.