How To Spray Paint Brass Hardware
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!

Supplies Needed:

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.
Spray Painting Brass Hardware 4
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.
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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!

Craigslist Dresser Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Craigslist Dresser Main
After moving recently, we are still in “settling in” mode…perhaps will be for some time…making furniture work in each room, making decisions about what to keep or give away or purchase, making time for the ever-dreaded task of hanging pictures.

For our master bedroom, I had been searching for a long dresser as an anchor for a tv above, and Craigslist did not disappoint!  I’ve found several pieces on Craigslist to redo, and it’s a fun challenge to find terrific deals!  (To date, this Craigslist Hutch Makeover remains my favorite redo!)

Thankfully, David tagged along on the ride to pick this puppy up.  We pulled into the driveway of what resembled a scene from Breaking Bad.  Or Cops…the Mississippi version.  Glaring reminder to always take a buddy on Craigslist adventures:).

It wasn’t until we got the dresser home that I realized how bad of shape it was actually in.  A bit disappointing, but I loved the lines of the piece and knew paint would bring it back to life in no time.  Although the photos do not do justice to the terribleness, trust me, it had been used and abused, and it showed.

See here below, she’s deceivingly pretty!  
Craigslist Dresser 3
But ohhhh no.  Just a few of her battle scars here.  Perhaps “Adam” was  a 4th grade crush…Craigslist Dresser 1
For the final look, I wanted fresh, simple, and clean.  After a few trials of mixing Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Old White, I landed with the combo of 3/4 French Linen and 1/4 Old White.  I highly recommend mixing as much as you think you’ll need for the whole project in an airtight container (tupperware or ziploc container). This way, you can seal the container during your project and come back to the paint without having to remix.  Also, another tip I read on some blog…place your wet paintbrush in a ziploc bag and refrigerate it.  It keeps beautifully, and you avoid washing brushes every time you take a break from your project.
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The final finish shown is two good coats of the French Linen/Old White combo and two coats of clear Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax.  For the hardware, I removed each piece for painting the drawers, but loved the finish the way it was and did not change it.  Oil-rubbed bronze spray paint or black spray paint (the kind for painting metal) are good options for refinishing hardware easily.  Just be sure to sand the hardware with steel wool before spray painting.

After the paint cured and the hardware was back in place, the insides of the drawers were begging for a fresh look.  The previous owners must have eaten meals in the open drawers. I found this adhesive drawer liner on Amazon Prime for about $12!

The drawer liner makes these drawers pop when you open them up!  I love how they turned out.

Craigslist Dresser 2
Transformed beauty in our master bedroom!
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Amazing what the simple act of paint will do to completely change a piece of furniture!  Now on to my next project…:)

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Craigslist Hutch Makeover with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint


Whew!  I have waited a very long time for this post!

I’ve been on the hunt for a large piece of furniture for our kitchen for years.  Now, by “hunt,” I should say, I’ve been dreaming of buying an expensive, beautiful hutch.  Thanks to inspiring bloggers and lots of Pinterest pins of painted hutches, it dawned on me that I, too, could find and paint my own.  So the real hunt began!  And let me tell ya, hutches similar to this one are often on Craigslist, even in a smaller market like ours (Little Rock, AR).  These pieces were so popular  in recent decades, and people are readily selling them, so be on the lookout if you have a space for one!

Because this hutch is so heavy, this original Craigslist photo is the only one I have with the hutch attached!  Once we got it home, it didn’t come back together until after the makeover.


With the help of the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint experts at my local ASCP retailer, White Goat, we went with “Old Ochre,” complementing the “Duck Egg” ASCP on my kitchen table (which I’ll show you soon!!).  “Old Ochre” is a rich, creamy neutral and a bit darker than the popular “Old White,” but still very light.

I painted this beauty right inside the kitchen, and immediately, I was in love with chalk paint!  No sanding and priming =  a happy girl.  You can see in this photo below that I took out the decorative wood piece from the middle open shelf…a little dated and easily yanked out removed and repaired with wood filler.  Much better!


I painted the brass hardware with Rustoleum’s Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint, learning the hard way that it must be done right the first time!  The short version includes using steel wool to “roughen it up,” priming with metal spray primer, using steel wool again to smooth out any bubbles in the dried primer, then carefully spraying with the Oil-Rubbed Bronze.  Detailed post coming soon.

It was hard to get a great photo of the actual color of the Oil-Rubbed Bronze.  It is very dark, but still has a beautiful bronze-y finish, not as black as it appears below.


Here she is naked, but with new paint and new hardware!  I so love the classic, clean finish of two coats of Old Ochre and an application of clear wax that I decided against distressing…for now.  Down the road, I may distress and switch out the glass for chicken wire.


The perfect home for several wedding gifts that only have been rotated in and out as centerpieces or mantel decor year in and year out.  They are much happier here!  The white vase belonged to my grandmother.  I love having little touches of her here and there in my house!

Thinking of painting the little lamp.  Any ideas?


This hutch transformation may or may not have started an addiction to Craigslist and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  And my sweet hubby will never doubt me again;)


Stay tuned for the kitchen table reveal!

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