How to create this beautiful patina for
French Drawer Pulls
or any other thing you might want to paint!
The "secret" is how darn easy this is! I certainly hope it didn't sound like the painting of the drawer pulls was some difficult or complicated secret. It certainly isn't. It's quite simple. Like most "secrets" this one is pretty easy to figure out, and you probably already have! Don't worry about changing it to suit your needs, go right ahead, it is very adaptable. Over the years, this has been one of the most asked questions, how to create this look. So here are the directions!
The drawers pulls only appeared to be more complicated to paint than they actually were. When I looked at the ones I had painted previously, I wanted to replicate the look but I wasn't sure how I had done it. No notes left behind as usual. After figuring it all out again, I happy to share the "secret" with you.
This is what the handles - drawer pulls look like in their unpainted state.The pulls you see here are brass, and vintage. They were not primed, but you may wish to do so with yours. They will not get a huge amount of wear and tear in a spare bedroom or studio area compared to a kitchen or bathroom.
1. START CLEAN: Clean them very well! The drawer pulls should be very clean, and totally free of oil, grime and dirt Use a scrub brush to get into all the areas.
2. PRIMER: Judge if you need to use a primer by the condition of the metal, and by how much use you think they will get. The heavier the use, or the worse the condition, decides if you need primer. I usually do use primer. This time I didn't need to because this old brass takes the paint very well, and was in good condition.
3. BASE COAT: Using Spray Paint, spray the hardware with a dull gold paint made for metal.
Dull is better, and you should use a spray paint that says it is for metal.
4. ADD THE BLUE: Now you have the metal primed with a coat of dull gold, so you can now add a coat of turquoise blue with craft paint or acrylic paint.
5. WIPE OFF THE EXCESS: Using a soft cloth, wipe off the excess on the higher areas of the pull before the paint dries. And it will look like the picture below. If you find that you are having a tough time because the paint is drying quickly, simply dampen your rag. Old t-shirts are great for these projects.
7. ADD GOLD ACCENTS: As you can see, this step takes your gold accents to a deeper and prettier look that the base coat the you exposed. But it is an added layer to the duller gold.
After the paint is totally dry, using either Treasure Gold OR Rub-n-Buff metallic finish, put a small amount of the gold "wax" from the little pot (Treasure Gold) or the tube (Rub-n-Buff) on a soft cloth wrapped around your index finger and rub just the top surfaces of the pulls. I always wear cheap latex gloves while doing this because it is metal and some can stay on your hands or fingers.
This gold is a bit shinier and brighter than the dull gold you started with. So now you have different layers of golds that add to the aged look.
8. SILVER AND GOLD!: This is an old trick that I think is worth it although the look is subtle. If you would like another layer of interest, as in mine above, I alternated a silver metallic with the gold, over the turquoise painted hardware.
9. PROTECTIVE SEALER: If this hardware will get a great deal of use, you can use a spray (or brushed on) polyurethane or acrylic topcoat. I usually use the spray kind.
Let it dry thoroughly before using it.
What is Rub-n-Buff or Treasure Gold ?
I'm sure most of you know by now, but in case this is a new product to you, it is a wax that has metallic powder pigments added to it. After you apply it, you buff it just like any other wax. You can use it over metal, plastic, paper, ceramic, plaster.... lots of things! It seals like a wax and looks like metal.
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