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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Copper Soffit

When I found a copper-clad blind at a second-hand store one day, several years ago, I was stunned by its beauty. I was standing in the aisle, checking out this blind, asking total strangers as they walked by, 'Is this COPPER?' I'd never seen anything like it before. I thought I would buy it ($3.99), take it home, cut off the slats and apply them to the soffit in the kitchen - apply it to the area between the top of our cupboards and the ceiling.
But my plans changed when I got home and found out that the blind just fit our dining room window, width-wise. So our son Allen helped me install it. It was a bit long, but I just left the extra slats puddled at the bottom. Then, some time after we installed this blind, I was walking through the dining room when it suddenly occurred to me that there might be enough extra slats to re-implement the original plan for that blind: Maybe I could have a copper soffit after all....

Long story short: I removed those extra slats, cut the slats to fit above the cupboards, and hot-glued them in place. I almost ran out of slats, so I had to start using the parts of the slats that had holes in them. I remedied that situation by strategically placing the holes so that, when I covered them with pieces of slatting, it looked like a weave of sorts!! I'm am sooooo funny!!!

The whole project pleased me no end. If you were to walk into our kitchen, you might not consciously notice the copper soffit; but it adds a certain . . . . ambience, if you will. Plus, you know, it's unique: Not many people have a copper soffit!!!!


  1. These sales there makes me mad! I just want to be there, but alas! it is half way round the earth! Copper? Was it copper coloured plastic or...? Lovely project this. You can also use blinds for natural light openings in the roof that face the sky. When you do not want the extra light, you can just pull and close it. *Idea*!

  2. No, no, it is not copper-colored plastic; those blinds are metal through and through. I have no idea if copper can be galvanized, but I'm guessing that's what it is: galvanized copper....
    Now, see, Dinu, you don't have to be mad anymore . . . . because I am SHARING the sales WITH you, via my blog. But I have to agree that it would be wonderful to turn you loose at some of these sales then sit back and watch what you figure out to do with your finds!!!!
    If, in other words, you can do the wonderful things with found objects that I know you do with found objects, imagine what you could do with [even] more resources!!!!

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