i should be mopping the floor: Painting Over Brass with Oil-Rubbed Bronze Paint {a tutorial}

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Painting Over Brass with Oil-Rubbed Bronze Paint {a tutorial}



We've been wanting to replace our outdoor brass light fixtures for quite some time {we're talking yeeeeears here}. There's three of these on the front of our home {two on either side of the garage and one by the front door}.

We priced them out and figured it would be around $150 for three new ones. I convinced the hubs I could totally paint ours...he wasn't so sure I could pull this one off {pffft}. So, in reality, this project was born out of the fact that I just had to prove him wrong. 


We pulled them down and I spent well over an hour meticulously taking them apart and cleaning them. They were so gross! ACK! I busted out an old toothbrush and scrubbed and scrubbed.

These are the three things I used for this process. I only had to purchase the actual spray paint...the Oil Rubbed Bronze {or ORB as I call it}. I already had the primer & sealer on hand. So, instead of spending $150 on new fixtures, I spent $8 {along with a couple of hours of work}. Boom.

Please note, if you're wanting to use this technique on other brass items {like door knobs or towel bars}, I would lightly sand {maybe just with steel wool} first. Since those are items that are actually touched more and "dealt with" a lot more, you want to treat them a bit differently.

But since I don't touch my light fixtures much {maybe once a year to change the bulbs}, I didn't worry about the sanding on these. I did one coat of the primer on everything. I had to be pretty careful to turn pieces over to get every crevice and bar and screw.

After the primer completely dried, I busted out the ORB paint. This took about three very light coats. You don't want to spray it on too thick or you'll inevitably be dealing with drip marks.

For the bolts & screws, I popped them in some leftover styrofoam {I hoard styrofoam from packages just for these type of projects...it's super pricey at HobLob, and that's just something I'd rather not spend money on}.

After the paint dried, I gave them a good coat of the sealer. Then we let everything dry overnight.

Then....we really classed up the joint. There was a big storm coming and we didn't want the exposed wiring getting soaked, so we taped it up with bags. Niiiiiice.

We installed the next day and are super happy with the result:
Do you have anything around your home that you'd like to throw some ORB on?

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24 comments:

  1. They look really fabulous! There's quite a few brass items in my home that I'd love to refinish!

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  2. Very classy update for the porch light and great tutorial!

    -Amberly!

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  3. Love the bags Kristi! Wow, those lights look great! Brand new!

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  4. They look so much better. I spray painted our brass ones black last year when we moved in.

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  5. Kristi - Those turned out very well. I have had good luck with the ORB paint. Love it.

    Judy

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  6. Wow Kristi - that turned out SO GOOD! I think Brass should be outlawed! Unfortunately, so many houses are full of it!!! When we were buying our house, the number ONE criteria when we were house hunting was NO BRASS! No knobs, hinges, lights - NOTHING! Thank goodness we found one with all brushed nickel!!! Score!! Great job. I have a can of that exact oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I spray painted my house numbers and am thinking of spraying the handles of my front door also. What do you think?

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  7. Very nice, Kristi! They all look great. Alex did our towel rods and toilet paper holder and I really love the look. I am literally looking around the house for anything else we can paint. I'm thinking of doing our brass piano lamp.

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  8. They turned out very nice! I love the side by side pictures. I am so glad you were able to redo these instead of purchasing new. Sadly I had to replace ours they were just too old. I would much rather repurpose and save the money on something else! I loved the tutorial it's fantastic.

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  9. My theory is, I'll wait long enough and the brass will be back in style ;)

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  10. These look 1000 times better! Yes, I want to paint the light fixture and door hardware on the front door to spiff it up. Maybe that will happen next week. Spray paint is so awesome (:

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  11. Those looks amazing! I am si putting this on my list of things to do - I hate our late 80's brass!!! Loved seeing the Shaklee out in your tools pic too! :)

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  12. It always amazes me what a little bit of paint will do. I love how this turned out!

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  13. I need to do this to allllll of my builder-grade fixtures that came with our house! Looks great!
    Chrissy @ Everyday with the Jays

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  14. Beautiful, now! Thanks for sharing your inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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  15. Awesome!This weeks project list included replacing the ugly brass fixtures in my bathroom. You just saved me a bunch of money!

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  16. I have fixtures almost like this, with the narrow strips of brass surrounding the glass panes. You were able to remove the glass panes? I have been putting this job off at the thought of having to tape/cover the glass..DREAD...LOL

    Thanks!!I have pinned your blog as one of my AWESOME BLOGS to visit!

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  17. I plan on doing this to a ceiling fan donated by a friend. Love the idea of putting the screws and such in styrofoam and the steel wool tip!

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  18. Great job. I have a can of that exact oil rubbed bronze spray paint.Antique Brass Picture Light

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  19. I just inherited the ugliest, most gaudy light fixture on the porch of my new house. We just moved, so money is tight. I think I am going to try this out! Thank you. I feel like there is hope without spending tons of money!

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