My Copper Sink is Ruined!

Please help…
RCD has a problem! 

After painting the floor in our 1/2 bath with a checker board rug that I absolutely love (found here), 
I have decided our copper sink in there is a complete nightmare.

We purchased it a couple years ago, 
installed it ourselves (well I didn’t, but Rick did), 
and then I ruined it.

I admit it…
I didn’t take the time to read how to 
properly take care of the sink. 
 I used a copper cleaning spray 
 that turned it into some kind of green monster.
Then I sanded it thinking it would help.
I know I get a little crazy sometimes with sandpaper!

I mean this thing is really ugly now.
Here’s a peak:

It forms these weird green drips 
that keep coming back .

The real problem is that we had to cut the original hole in the cabinet to fit this sink, so now our hole is rather large and doesn’t leave much room for the faucet.

I love the faucet and hope to keep it.

So I either have to do something with this sink, or find a sink that is a 17 inch drop in with a narrow lip 
so the faucet can still fit.

I think a brown glass sink would look great, 
but to find a drop in with a 17 inch diameter is impossible.
I have had enough of copper.

What I would really love is if I could spray the sink with something that would hold up and look nice.  I spray paint everything, but I don’t think it would work with the water. 

Do you have any suggestions?
Possibly something easy & affordable?

I would love to hear some!
Thank you 🙂


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11 Responses

  1. Laurie says:

    Try polishing the copper sink with Bar Keepers Friend. It may bring it back.

  2. Lynne says:

    Did you have any luck redoing your copper sink? I’m in the same boat…I have 2 copper bar sinks and one super big farmhouse kitchen sink and I hate them! I’d love to paint them white or black even, anything to cover the horrible green and black that is on them. They are beautiful for 5 minutes until you run water and then they are back to looking horrible again. They are so much work to look pretty and stay clean! Any suggestions?

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Lynne, I spray painted it, but it didn’t last, so I do not suggest doing that. I bought a new one thinking that it would be better, and I still hate it. I can’t wait to replace it. Never again will I get a copper sink. Sorry I don’t have better news! Julie (Redhead Can Decorate .com)

  3. Lorna-Jean Thompson Anderson says:

    I had the same problem with my copper kitchen sink, and replacing it would have been a bigger nightmare because it’s a very hard to find size, and my granite counter top was cut to fit the sink and all the accessories. So instead I painted it with liquid Rustoleum indoor/outdoor Hammered Copper paint (NOT a spray paint!)

    The result is stunning, and I do not have to worry about tarnish or the horrible green and black stains that formed immediately even after scouring with Bar Keepers, Tarn-X, baking soda, and a dozen other products I tried. Even when I got it a bit clean or shiny, it would immediately start to tarnish and form a gross patina which I hated.

    • Donna Smith says:

      can you show me a picture of your sink..i am at my wits end with my sink…looks beautiful in my kitchen…but the bottom is driving me nuts…i am willing to try any think at this point!!!

    • Lori says:

      I was wondering all these years later if you still feel the same way about the liquid Rustoleum indoor/outdoor Hammered Copper paint results on your copper sink. I am so ready to rip it out but like you I would have to cut countertops, etc.

  4. Liz says:

    Bar Keeper’s Friend… it’s the best copper “cleaner” around

  5. Mystery says:

    Using a paste from vinegar, salt, and flour and covering the copper in that, letting it sit, and finally buffing it out would shine it back up. After that I would have sealed it with a coat or two of laquer to prevent it from oxidation and hazing into that dull look or green color.

  6. Bobbie says:

    So I can suggest you can use model car paint to paint the sink. An unsure if a clear epoxy or liquid glass is a good clear top coat. I will be researching an testing. I love enamel paint an the model car size is great. Little enough so you don’t end up with so many leftovers. I have painted so many different things even a faucet. Ideas r endless

  7. Sarah says:

    I’m curious what copper cleaning spray you used that turned it into a green monster in the first place? I’m thinking of getting a copper sink and would love to learn from your mistake. I’m so sorry! It sounds very frustrating.

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