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How to Paint Faux Antique Brass Hardware

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Hello Friends,

I always love Week 5 of the One Room Challenge because rooms are finally coming together. In fact, my room is completely finished and truthfully, I’m having a really hard time holding back a little sneak peek. So it’s great to get my mind off of the reveal by focusing on a sweet little DIY that saved an absolute boatload of money.

What you see here is drapery hardware made from scrap wood, outdated finials, abandoned brackets, and clearance rack rings. I know! Right? Who actually goes around telling these kinds of secrets? 

But Friends, I feel empowered. Thanks to a great scrap pile and the scrap-changing power of paint.

How to Paint Faux Antique Brass Hardware

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Fusion Mineral Paint, but all projects and opinions are 100% my own.

It all started when I was shopping around for some trendy antique brass drapery hardware.

First, I tried all of the swanky places. Yes, I know I was only window shopping. But hey, girl gotta look.

Faux antique brass hardware for draperies can be painted using this easy technique | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then I stepped it down a notch and tried all of the nice, but not so swanky places.

Know what I learned?

Drapery hardware is just flat expensive no matter where you look.

So here’s what I did instead.

Drapery Hardware Assembly

Step 1 ~ Gather hardware pieces

For my windows, I am using stationary panels, so this allows me to have two options:

  • Two separate short rods on each side of the bay window, or

  • One very long rod that runs from one side of the room to the other side.

I thought about it.

Then, I opted for the two rod assembly where the terminal end of each rod would butt up against the wall. This way the panels will fall flush against the adjacent walls and fill the corners. And the crown moulding seemed to love the idea because the butt end of the rod easily nestled in place (photo above). Perfectly in place.

This means that each hardware assembly needs: 

  • One rod ~ I used leftover dowels normally used in a closet as the horizontal hangers. Just measure the length needed and purchase at your local home improvement store.

  • One finial ~ Mine are outdated and a little bigger than I wanted, but whatever. I can make them work.

NOTE: Make sure that the diameter of the rod fits inside and fills up the end of the finial.

Outdated finials and closet rods painted to look like antique brass drapery hardware | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

  • Drapery rings ~ The color and finish doesn’t matter as long as they are the exact same size and cut. For my panel, each rod uses 16 rings. Admittedly, this is a lot of rings. But the panels are quite heavy and I don’t want any drooping at the top from the weight of the drape pulling on the rings.

  • Wall brackets (not pictured) ~ Any brackets will do. Just find 2 (4 total) that match and fit the size of the rod that will rest on them.

An assortment of rings can be painted to look like antique brass #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com hardware |

Drapery Hardware Paint

Once all of the hardware pieces are collected, it’s time to paint. 

Step 2 ~ Prep the pieces

  • The pieces were lightly sanded using worn 240-grit sandpaper.

  • Wipe the dust with a tack cloth or clean, soft cloth.

  • Apply a basecoat of paint. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in the color Limestone. This step is really important because it is the great equalizer. Moving forward, I wanted all of the pieces to behave as one unit of wood so this basecoat is my insurance policy.

Limestone is a great color to use as a basecoat when painting antique brass drapery hardware | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

Step 3 ~ Apply the faux antique brass finish

The faux antique brass finish is easily achieved using only two products from the Fusion Metallics line. I know it’s hard to believe that these two colors, Bronze and Pale Gold, mix together to create antique brass, but they do. And it’s super easy.

First, gather these items:

  • A plastic disposable plate or a paper plate that is coated. The paint will be mixed on the plate it’s not adviseable to use a plate that would absorb the paint. 

  • A tool of some sort to scoop out small amounts of paint onto the plate. A plastic spoon or popsicle stick will work great.

  • A one-inch angled brush. I used a brush made for spreading Mod Podge, but an artist brush with soft bristles should work fine, too.

Fusion Metallics in Pale Gold and Bronze are used to create a faux antique brass look on scrap wood | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

Then, begin the 3-step painting process.

Step One ~ 50-50 Mix

  • Apply a small amount of both colors (about a tablespoon of each depending on the size of the piece) to your plate.

  • Then load the brush with 50% gold and 50% bronze paints. Do not mix the colors together on the plate or on the brush. 

  • In this first step, the brush will deliver a 50-50 combination of the two paints that will mix together when brushed onto the hardware piece. Be sure to completely cover the basecoat so that it disappears.

  • Allow the paint to completely dry.

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Step Two ~ 75-25 Mix

  • Now, repeat step one except load the brush with 75% gold to %25 bronze mix of paint.

  • In step one, the application was a regular coat of paint designed to completely cover all of the basecoat.

  • In step two, the application is a lighter coat using about half as much paint. The goal here is to NOT completely cover the first coat of metallic paint.

  • Instead, the goal is to create depth by adding a layer onto the first metallic coat. This is because antique brass develops over time and in layers. So the painting technique must try to do the same.

  • Allow the lightly-applied second coat to completely dry.

Can you see the bronze peeking through the gold? The patina is layering on, just like nature intended. 

Step two for creating faux antique brass on drapery hardware | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

Step Three ~ Add the Highlights

Step Three is about adding hightlights with the lightest of touch. There are two kinds:

  • (1) Using a tiny artist brush, paint a light coat of bronze into the nooks and crannies. Wait a minute or two and then wipe the bronze paint to blend into the surrounding area. The goal is to have a darker crevice, but fading to the edges.

  • Allow this step to completely dry.

  • (2) Then load the one-inch angle brush with a tiny amount of paint. This will be almost a dry-brush technique. Add 90% gold and 10% bronze and buff the tiny amount of wet paint onto the piece to create a gold shine.

  • Remember, the goal is to ever-so-lightly add another layer of patina, not cover up any of the earlier layers. So think buff, buff, buff with a light touch instead of paint, paint, paint.

  • Allow this step to completely dry.

Once the last step is dry, the hardware is ready to install.

Step three for creating a faux antique brass look on scrap pieces of wood | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

After more consideration, I opted to remove the clips that come on the rings and sew each ring to the panel. 

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It doesn’t take very long. I just used a needle and thread to whip a few stitches around the tiny eye hook on each ring.

Rings can be attached to drapery panel via clips or sewn on using the eyehooks | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

The goal was to produce a more classically tailored look.

How’d I do? πŸ™‚

Faux antique brass hardware holds a DIY drapery panel to create a soft, yet tailored look | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful | #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

If you appreciate this technique for creating faux antique brass hardware, please…

 

How to paint faux antique brass drapery hardware in a few easy steps | You can do it! I'll show you how| #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

 

Creating faux antique brass is easy with two metallic paint colors and a few simple steps | #spon #fusionmineralpaint #fusionmetallics | #orc #oneroomchallenge #housebeautiful #antiquebrasshardware | www.thechelseaproject.com

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Linda from the blog, Calling It Home and House Beautiful magazine. 

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61 Comments

  • Reply June October 31, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Wow that looks great, I thought it was brass I never guessed it was wood. Good job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 31, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Hi June and thanks so much. I am so glad I painted these and saved my $500 on hardware.

      • Reply June October 31, 2017 at 8:45 am

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  • Reply K.Rupp October 31, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    This is so fantastic!! I have a lot of things in my house that I could update with a great paint that looks like REAL brass! That is definitely the trick and I think you got it. When I saw your pics, I would have been that person to stop at the first pic and think it was great. You continued to keep going and every pic just got better and better…..to the point that YES I AM AMAZED NOW!! ha….thank you so much for the tips! If I use this paint and your method at some point I will definitely let you know. Pinned:)

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 31, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      LOL.. Thanks a million! And yes, please let me know if you use the technique. I’d be thrilled to know if it was helpful to you.

  • Reply Marie October 31, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    You are the Paint Layer Patina Queen! They look fabulous Susie – pinned to my paint tips board.

    • Reply theChelseaProject October 31, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Hey Marie and thanks so much. I don’t know why layering paint is my jam, but I can’t seem to just “paint” it on. It always has to be layered. LOL. I need therapy. πŸ™‚

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  • Reply delyladesign November 1, 2017 at 7:29 am

    WOW they really look like brass which is a hard finish to replicate. Great job!!! Your home looks so elegant and I can’t wait to see the room reveal!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Thanks girl! You just made my day!

  • Reply Mary Hunnicutt November 1, 2017 at 10:58 am

    This is such a great idea and it looks like brass! Paint works wonders!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Mary and thanks so much! Paint is like a TOTAL MIRACLE product! LOL…

  • Reply charlestoncrafted November 1, 2017 at 11:07 am

    wow! that finish looks really legit!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Hey Morgan and thanks so much… I hope it does or it’s off to the swanky stores and the poor house for me. LOL!!

  • Reply Jeanie November 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    You nailed that finish! It looks amazing and no one would know it’s humble beginnings!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      Oh Jeanie! You just made my day! Girl seriously. Thanks.

  • Reply Tee November 1, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Another great project, Susie! You’d never know how the curtain rod used to look. Nice touch with sewing the curtain directed onto the ring. Does look classy!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      Hey Tee and thanks a million! I really felt like sewing the rings on was the way to go, but I always wonder! Appreciate you weighing in. XO

  • Reply sherrygcole November 1, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I would say that you succeeded in getting a classical look with these rods. I am like you with how expensive the drapery hardware can be. You have created a unique and beautiful look with these rods. I cannot wait to see your room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Sherry…thanks so much. It really helps to hear your thoughts. Appreciate the time to leave a comment. XOXO

  • Reply Karen Heath November 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    It turned out beautifully! Thanks so much for working this out for me.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks Karen! My pleasure.

  • Reply cynthiafinger November 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Wow!! Such a beautiful finish, Susie! And your step-by-step tutorial is much appreciated. I’ve pinned to my painting technique board for reference. Looking forward to your room reveal! Cynthia

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Cynthia! You’re the best!

  • Reply Susanne November 1, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    What an amazing job!! Your attention to detail is inspiring and you are truly an artist my friend…those drapes are wonderful and look very classy!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 11:55 pm

      Hey Susanne and thanks a million! You surely know how to make a girl blush… XOXO

  • Reply Jen@ Jenron-Designs November 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    Wow you did a great job, that drapery hardware looks fantastic. I love the fact it has a slight texture too, from the brush strokes. The room is starting to take shape and I love what I am seeing!!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 1, 2017 at 11:58 pm

      Hi Jen and thanks! It does look like a texture in the photos, but doesn’t show when viewing after the hardware is installed. Come on over and have a peek in real life. LOL.. #timeforcoffee XOXO

  • Reply Tash @ thedreamhouseproject November 2, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Wow, you did an amazing job! I never would have guessed that wasn’t real brass. Nicely done! Looking forward to seeing the finished room.

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Hi Natasha and thanks!

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul November 2, 2017 at 1:14 am

    I’d you hadn’t told me I’d never guess that those rods weren’t brand new from a high end store. Just one more week until we get het to see the entire room

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 6:59 am

      Hi Toni! Thanks a million! Due to the hurricanes and California fires interrupting shipping for some of the bloggers,the dates are extended. Next week is one more DIY post and the reveal is Nov 16. It is so gracious of the hosts to do this. But I agree with you! I’m so excited to reveal the dining room and see all of the other rooms, too! XOXO

  • Reply tim@designmaze November 2, 2017 at 1:22 am

    wow that looks amazing … now how durable is the paint finish? Guess it’s ok in this case because they look like fixed panels so the rings and rod won’t get too much tractions. great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 7:03 am

      Hi Tim and thanks. You know, that’s a great point. I will tell you that if Fusion paint is allowed to fully cure (30 days), it has a self-sealing rock hard finish. There is also a product in the Fusion line called Tough Coat that is used for sealing the painted surface against excess moisture. I may have to do an experiment with some other hardware and get back to you.

  • Reply northcountrynest21 November 2, 2017 at 5:40 am

    OMG, that is so. freaking. cool! I am in awe over here because when I first saw the picture, I assumed you bought these already finished in that beautiful antique brass look. Ah-mazing job!
    Best,
    Kelly

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 7:04 am

      LOL….Kelly! Thanks girl. Love having you visit! XOXO

  • Reply Emy November 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

    These curtain rods look amazing! Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Emy!

  • Reply Tina November 2, 2017 at 10:28 am

    Such an incredible transformation!! They look incredible!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 3, 2017 at 12:57 am

      Hi Tina and thanks a bunch!

  • Reply heyfitzy November 2, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Wow! What a transformation. I love the look of the antique brass and can’t wait to see the rest of your room!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Tammy! Thrilled to hear you like the look.

  • Reply Libbie November 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Susie,

    Love this. I have a curtain rod that is extra long but a brushed nickel (which I am not digging) and I am going to update it soon! Thanks for sharing the info!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 2, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Thanks Libbie and good luck with your rod!

  • Reply Jessica Vanderveen November 3, 2017 at 10:58 am

    These look amazing!! I love love love that paint can make anything looks classy and expensive

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 3, 2017 at 11:03 am

      I know!! Right? Paint is awesome. Thanks Jessica!

  • Reply Nancy November 3, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Love it! Your technique is spot on and they turned out looking like real antique brass! Awesome!! Love it so much.

    Nancy

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 3, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Hey Sweet Friend! So happy to have you stop by. Thanks so much for your kind and encouraging words.

  • Reply Colette @ restyle it wright November 7, 2017 at 7:51 am

    drapery hardware is SO expensive! This looks great! Any experience on how it holds up if you slide the rings on the rod a lot? Just wondering if it would chip or flake?

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Hi Colette and thanks. I don’t have any experience with how the rings and rods hold up with use, but I was thinking about creating a test rod.

  • Reply Kate Smith November 7, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Wow! that looks amazing!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Hi Kate and thanks so much!

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  • Reply dannyellenicolle November 8, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Wow, these turned out amazing. Love them, and love how much money you saved. Well done!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Thanks so much! So sweet!

  • Reply Jessica | Petal + Ply November 9, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Wow Susie!! That really looks like real antique brass! Great job!

    • Reply theChelseaProject November 9, 2017 at 12:32 am

      Hi Jessica and thanks so much!!

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