This tutorial is way overdue, but recently, my Craigslist Hutch Makeover went crazy over at Hometalk and on Pinterest, and I realized I never posted how to spray paint the brass hardware with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint! So several years (yes years!) later, here is how to spray paint brass hardware.
Below are the Before and After photos of our Craigslist Hutch Makeover, and you can clearly see what a difference a little spray paint can make for brass hardware!
Dropcloth or large piece cardboard
Steel Wool, Grade 000
Toothpicks (for swing pulls like these)
Spray Paint Gun
Metal Primer (Rustoleum)
Oil-Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint (Rustoleum)
*The oil-rubbed bronze that I used is a paint/primer combo. You can skip the primer step if you use this product, but I wanted the assurance of good coverage after my first attempt failed. (See below).
An inexpensive spray paint gun like this one below will ensure even coverage.
First, sand your hardware with Grade 000 steel wool. You do not have to remove every tiny bit of brass. The goal here is to remove the top coat and to scratch it up a bit so the paint will stick better. After sanding the hardware, wash with warm soap and water and allow the hardware to dry completely.
To show you exactly what will happen without sanding first, see the photo below of the oil-rubbed bronze paint sprayed directly onto unsanded hardware! Fail! I did some research and started over.
If you have “swing pulls” like these, you will need to secure the handle in mid-air so the spray paint will cover the entire piece! Pull the handle out and insert a toothpick to keep the handle upright. You are now ready to paint!
Attach the spray paint gun to the primer can. Spray the first side of the hardware with primer according to the directions. Be SURE to follow the directions, allowing the specified amount of time for drying. Repeat process for the opposite side.
After the primer has dried for the specified time, spray the hardware with a first coat of oil-rubbed bronze. It has been a while, but I know I painted at least two coats, allowing the paint to dry for the specified amount of time listed on the paint can.
To be on the safe side, I allowed the hardware to “cure” for 2-3 days before re-installing onto the hutch.
Be sure to check out the full Hutch Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Happy painting!