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What you see here is drapery hardware made from scrap wood, outdated finials, abandoned brackets, and clearance rack rings.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.
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One finial ~ Mine are outdated and a little bigger than I wanted, but whatever.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
After more consideration, I opted to remove the clips that come on the rings and sew each ring to the panel.
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.
The goal was to produce a more classically tailored look.
How’d I do? 🙂
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