Copper Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it)

 

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars! A chafing dish and 10 ways to incorporate it in your home decor.

I wanted a copper accent for quite some time now. I was thinking that perhaps, a pendant would work but I was not budgeting for it. Well, I happily report, I think I scored again at Goodwill. Okay, maybe not “scored” (you’ll be the judge of that) but 3 dollars for all this awesome coppery decor, is a happy moment for me.

I found a vintage (looking) copper (plated) chafing dish slash fondue and immediately thought of not one, not two but, 10 ways to use it at home and none of them include cooking!

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars! A chafing dish and 10 ways to incorporate it in your home decor. Bring the warmth and luster of copper in your home.

Last Saturday, the store was practically barren of furniture and decor. Its shelves looked like supermarket shelves after an announcement for imminent natural disaster. Perhaps they had some super cheap event earlier that day?

I turned to leave and as I was walking back the same route I had already passed and checked, I saw it. A shiny copper (copper-plated to be exact; but I found about that later) large fondue pot.

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it). An elegant chafing dish.

For a moment, I stood puzzled about how it magically appeared in the seconds it took me to walk by it for a second time. Then I checked the price tag and I did a double take: it was $6. And then, I noticed it was a grey price tag and grey tags were 50% off that day!

*Swoosh*

You know how sword’s in movies make that “swoosh” sound to demonstrate how fast they are moving? My copper accent made the same whooshing sound as I grabbed it in supersonic speed. After all, it was a substantial piece of decor and it only cost 3 dollars.

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it). A charming chafing dish and 10 ways to incorporate it in your home decor.

The girl at the register asked me what was I planning to cook in it, which caused me to go all “uhh..ehhh…”. Luckily, just before I said anything like “cooking? who, me?”, suggestions started coming in by other customers. I love spontaneous friendly moments like those. 🙂

spinach and cheese fondue was the prevailing recipe idea. I countered with a typical chocolate and marshmallows one (quickly remembering what I had seen on pinterest) but, I am really game trying having hubby make the spinach and cheese delicacy. It sounded delicious.

Truth is, this fondue set will primarily be decor

  1. I can use the whole set together in a kitchen corner or alone on a display table, for a whim of dreamy nostalgia with its vintage looks.

2. The little burner can be whimsical decor and fill-in piece on its own,

to compliment bigger compositions,

filled with a succulent (use 3), or with a short candle -that lid is like a built-in snuffer! – (use 4)

or even, as a jewelry box (use 5):

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it). A charming chafing dish and 10 idea on how to incorporate it in your home decor.

6. Either large – yet not too deep – bowl can be a planter for succulents or bulbs.

7. The same part (the lower bowl) can be reversed and wired to become a copper pendant light.

[no photo for that -let’s summon our powers of imagination]

8. The base is actually a fantastic plant stand (and very sturdy):

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it). A charming chafing dish and 10 ideas on how to incorporate it in your home decor.

9. If you didn’t guess already, this set makes for fantastic photo props!

10. The deeper bowl is ideal for holding fruit.

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it). A charming chafing dish and 10 ways to add it in your home decor.

I guess, it can also be used to make fondue. 🙂

Those 3 dollars were very well spent I think and they will go a long way decor wise. Even more so, than my previous goodwill score.

By the way, does anybody else think “Chocolate!” when you see the following image, or is it just me?

Copper Decor Accent for 3 Dollars! A chafing dish and 10 ways to incorporate it in your home decor.

I am all questions, today! How do you feel about copper accents? Which use do you like the most? And what other use(s) do you see possible with this chafing dish?

 

 

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19 thoughts on “Copper Accent for 3 Dollars (and 10 uses for it)

  • February 8, 2016 at 11:54 pm
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    Fantastic thrift store find! Cu is a very pretty metal. 😉 I love all the uses you found for it.

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  • February 8, 2016 at 10:20 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this w/ us at #TheWednesdayRoundup – pinning the post now!

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  • February 8, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    Total score!!! Copper is one of those metals that I like, but haven’t used. This is inspiring! I agree… if you’re going to use it for its intended “fondue” purpose, chocolate is the way to go.
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  • February 5, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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    What a great Thrift find, there will be so many possibilities I bet you will find to use your new found copper pieces. Thank you for sharing on Friday Features this week!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Karren
    Oh My Heartsie Girl

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    • February 6, 2016 at 12:43 am
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      If I am guessing right, you probably have some real copper. Put it to use! Mixed metals is all the rage now. 🙂

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  • February 3, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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    I love how you were able to get that whole grouping of things from just one item. I would have never thought to do that. It looks really nice. 🙂

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  • February 3, 2016 at 1:37 pm
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    Great find! Copper is so in again and you got such a great price. Love the idea of using the stand for plants. 🙂

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  • February 3, 2016 at 11:08 am
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    That is one of the best goodwill “scores” I’ve ever seen. Kudos to you for the savvy shopping!

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  • February 3, 2016 at 10:33 am
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    What a steal! The pieces are pristine. Do they have to be polished? I know some have finishes that prevent them from turning. I love your ideas for decorating! Many moons ago, when I was newly married, copper was all the rage. There were home copper parties and I can’t remember the name of the company.

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    • February 3, 2016 at 11:30 am
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      Copper parties!
      I used to sell copper (decades ago) and all it took was one finger on it to get a mark that needed polishing. I have touched this dish quite a lot and it’s holding up fine so far so, it must have a finish that resists turning. Maybe? Not sure. If it gets nasty, I will polish it with something gentle since it’s only plated (back in the day we were using heavy duty, pro-grade sanders but we also sold solid copper that could survive the sanding).

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