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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.
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.
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 compared to a kitchen or bathroom.
1. Clean them good! The drawer pulls should be very clean, scrub them well to get rid of dirt, grime.
2. Judge if you need to use a primer. I usually do. This time I didn't need to because this old brass takes the paint very well.
3. 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. You can now use craft paint or acrylic paint on the pieces.
Paint them all over with the Turquoise paint, getting into all the crevices. I used one of the craft paints that I used to custom mix to match a Tiffany blue bag.
5. 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. 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 on a soft cloth wrapped around your index finger and rub just the top surfaces of the pulls.
This gold is a bit shinier and brighter than the dull gold you started with. So now you have different golds that add to the aged look.
8. If you would like another layer of interest, in the one above, I actually alternated with gold and a silver metallic was over the painted hardware.
9. If this hardware will get a great deal of use, you can use a spray (or brushed on) polyurethane or acrylic topcoat.
Let it dry thoroughly before using it.
What is Rub-n-Buff or Treasure Gold ?
I'm sure most of you know, 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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