Yesterday I shared with you my DIY ping pong ball-finial curtain rods (try saying that three times fast).
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.
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!