Chest of drawers after application of Owatrol Spirit side view

Spirit Range used to upcycle a chest of drawers

We recently received some amazing pictures from Gemma of Gemma Stone Upholstery where she used products from our Spirit range to upcycle a chest of drawers.

We think you will agree that the difference is amazing and looks like a completely different piece of furniture now.

How did Gemma achieve this look?

Gemma created the copper effect on the drawers with the following products:

Blocking Primer

Owatrol Spirit Blocking Primer before and afterBlocking Primer is a protective primer for surfaces sensitive to application of Rust Spirit, Copper Spirit or Bronze Spirit is to be used.

It protects the surface from acid attack, which prevents the wood’s tannins from bleeding into the finish.

Reactiv Leaf Copper

Reactiv leaf copper applied to an ornamentReactiv Leaf Copper is a paint that gives a copper appearance to any surface.

When combined with the application of Copper Spirit, it creates a natural aged grey/green (Verdigris) decorative effect.

Copper Spirit

Copper Spirit Spray used on an ornament

Copper Spirit is an activator for creating realistic aged copper effects on bare copper surfaces, or surfaces treated with Reactive Leaf Copper.

Using Copper Spirit gives you full control over how much weathering you want and is quicker and safer than letting your copper surfaces weather naturally.

Spirit Sealer

Owatrol Spirit Sealer used on metal workSpirit Sealer stops and neutralises the effect of Rust Spirit, Copper Spirit and Bronze Spirit.

Using Spirit Sealer allows you to fix the decorative effect and colour once the desired level of oxidising has been achieved.

Natural Varnish

Owatrol Spirit Natural Varnish applied to a plant potNatural Varnish is for use on decorative effects that have been created using the Owatrol Spirit range.

It helps seal and protect decorative effects with a matt finish.


Head on over to Gemma’s website or her Instagram page to learn more about her work.

Thanks so much for using our Spirit Range on this project Gemma – we think it looks amazing!

So there you have it. The Owatrol Spirit Range used to upcycle a chest of drawers.

We hope you found this post helpful. If you have any other tips, tricks or advice, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!

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