Color trends come and go. For example, just a few years ago glossy brass and silver hardware were desirable. Now, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze are the hot colors to have. But if the color is the only thing you don’t like about your hardware pieces, there’s no reason to replace them. Instead, just buy spray paint and give them a great new look that way.
If you haven’t taken a walk down the spray paint aisle at the home center lately, you’ll be amazed by all the options. Not only is virtually every metallic color from brass to zinc available, but they’re also offered in different sheens, so you can create a glossy copper or a matte nickel finish if you desire.
To change your existing hardware with spray paint, simply give it a good cleaning, and then make light overlapping passes, always keeping the can moving as you pass it over the surface you’re spraying. It may take several coats to get complete coverage, but you only need to wait about 15 minutes between coats with most spray paints. Also make sure to paint the heads of any screws that will be visible on the hardware. Just drive the screws partially into a wood block before painting them (Photo below).
The key to getting a smooth finish with spray paint is to make light, overlapping passes, constantly moving the can as you cross above the surface. Also paint the screw heads if they’ll be visible on the hardware.
It’s amazing how much of an impact you can make just by changing the color of a piece of hardware. For example, we took these inexpensive house numbers and made them look like high-end hammered copper. The same technique can be applied to everything from door pulls to shower rods.
Think of a metallic color, and chances are there’s a spray paint to match. And not only can you pick the color, but you can also pick the desired sheen in many cases. Just a handful of the options, from copper to matte nickel to bronze, are shown above
Have a nice weekend,
Online Editor, Workbench