The metallic winds of change have been blowing through my kitchen this week. The shiny polished brass (which I still love) is being replaced with nickel for an update. The song… “Make new friends, but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold” – has been playing through my head as I work.
The brass fixtures and hardware were starting to show their age and not in a good way. I bought new drawer and cabinet hardware, but there were two items that I could not find replacements for – the brass towel bars on the island and the push plates on a lazy Susan cabinet.
They both got a spray paint makeover. I will show you the before and after on Monday, but while I am busy at work, I thought I would share what I found out about spray painting metal hardware and silver spray paint – it is not all the same!
Some women collect shoes, I collect cans of spray paint. I do like shoes, too, but my spray paint collection far exceeds my shoes. I went to my stash to find I had not just one can of silver, but 5 cans – all different brands.
Hmmmm! which one will look the best? I wasn’t sure, so I did a test on one of the towel bars to find the silver spray paint that looked the most like real metal.
Here are my findings:
#1 Champion Sprayon Sterling Silver Spray Enamel It is warm, but bright and has a nice glossy glow that adds depth to the finish. This is the one I used.
#2 Plastic-Kote Metallics in Silver #19101 Even though I did not get the coat even for this sample, it has nice color and shine, plus the depth of color makes it resemble real metal.
#3 Rustoleum Specialty Metallic in Metallic Silver This produced the darkest silver. It was too flat for the look I was after.
#4 Krylon Metallic Brilliant in Silver – nice and bright – but too flat of a finish, plus it had a slight texture – not as smooth as the others.
#5 Krylon Special Purpose Metallic in Bright Silver #1401 – nice coverage, but too flat and had a slight texture to it also. No depth to the finish.
Tips to remember when spray painting metal with metallic paint.
- Every paint I tried covered and adhered well.
- Sand the surface first with very fine grit sandpaper and then clean well with a scouring pad. Let dry.
- Use one light coat of metal primer for ensured adhesion. Let dry.
- Shake the can for a few minutes before applying and shake as you spray.
- Let the first coat dry for about 30 seconds, then spray on another coat to get a super smooth finish. Usually on non-metal items I wait longer between coats, but to get a nice smooth finish, I have found two quick coats do the job perfectly.
- Optional: Protect the paint after it is dry with a light coat of clear protective finish. Most spray paint brands have stain and glossy finishes.
I didn’t get a photo showing these door plates in their polished bright brass state. I used very fine sandpaper to rough up the surface so the paint would have something to adhere to. I liked the look after sanding. If you want to dull the shine on bright brass – this gives it a brushed feel and looks quite modern.
2 coats of Champion Sprayon Sterling Silver – perfect!
I will show you how they look on the cabinets on Monday.
I also have exciting news to share and a big change for one project that is making me do a happy dance!
See you then. XO