Today I'll show you how to create that antique brass finish using paint. This technique works great on wood and plastic. For metal you can probably guess my trick - I'll share that at the end.
For creating an antique brass look on wood and plastic, you'll need:
Black acrylic paint
Spray your item with the gold spray paint (in a well ventilated area, wearing your safety mask) and allow to dry.
In a cup, thin out acrylic paint with water to create a glaze.
Using a rag, wipe the glaze on your item. *bonus* you will get a pretty manicure in the process :)
Rub the finish with your rag to remove or add more until you get the desired affect. It's a wax-on/wax-off kind of thing. See the difference with the black paint? It tones down the gold a bit.
I found that letting the glaze set for a few moments, then buffing a bit, softens the lines from the rag and gives a nice finished affect.
With wood, the black paint gets into all the nooks and crannies. The wax-on/wax-off method is all you need to bring those babies from shiny brass (bottom) to antique brass.
The final product is a bit of understated bling.
Now antiquing gold on metal. Spray paint adheres fine to metal, but the thinned-out black paint doesn't spread properly; instead it just sits in little spots on the surface. You could try using un-thinned black paint in the wax-on/wax off method….or you could use one of my fave products to achieve an antique brass look.
What I'm about to show you is a black base with gold over it.
You could also buy Ebony Rub 'n Buff, and rub it onto a gold item.
In my bedroom I have three windows. I had enough antique brass clip rings for two windows, and a million black rings like this one for the third window.
I wasn't about to go out and buy new clip rings when I seriously have probably 50 that I could use, with a little color change. Below, this ring on the left is factory-finished in antique brass. Too much coverage with the Gold Leaf R&B on the black ring made it scream GOLD!!!, so I toned it down to the desired antique brass look by allowing a bit of the black to peek through. I let the R&B dry a bit, then buffed off a little. Moral: too much R&B and you don't get that antique look.
The window on the left has the factory-finished antique brass rings, and the one on the right has my R&B-over-black rings. In this photo they are hard to see, but you can't even tell the difference when you're in the room.
I gave these black PB sconces in my dining room a touch of antique brassiness with a little R&B, too.
Sometimes playing around a bit with paint and/or R&B gives a piece more dimension than just spray painting, and can give new life to something in your home you've grown tired of.
One more note about brassy doorknobs and cabinet hardware: I have found that R&B is NOT a great choice for toning down doorknobs and cabinet pulls/knobs that are going to be touched on a regular basis. It is GREAT for hardware on a piece of furniture, or door hinges, but on knobs that you will touch frequently, the wax will wear off over time. If you have brass doorknobs that you hate, I would recommend replacing the knobs and using R&B on your hinges like I did. The hinges have held up perfectly and the knobs are NOT that hard for you to change out yourself! Seriously - read my tutorial - if I can do it, you can do it.
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Happy brass antiquing and happy day ahead, my friends!
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