I don't know what was up with people in the late 80s and early 90s, but they sure did love brass. )So, here is a quick run down of everything I have de-brassed thus far.Maybe it was a Midas complex and it reminded them of gold, but heavens knows the trend did NOT stand the test of time. Since my house was built in 1988 it has it's fair share of brass. There are a couple of options for dealing with brass fixtures and hardware:1)Remove2)Replace3)Repaint4)Cover up In my house I am doing all four.. And when trim in the hallways goes from cream to white, the doors have to too. And while the doors are getting painted with the same technique as I used for our front door, I am taking advantage and painting that hardware! Just grab a screwdriver and remove all screws, taking note of how it is put together. I have a technique when it comes to spray painting my knobs. I used my favorite Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint by Rustoleum.
) I’ve even seen images of exterior door handles and door knockers on pinterest that have been transformed from faded ugly brass to a sleek oil rubbed bronze using the same paint I’ve used here.
Our finished product, although the dome is still covered with etched flowers it’s much easier on the eyes and up to date.
For example check out this lovely bathroom combination of brass switchplates, faucet, vanity lighting, mirror and medicine cabinet, (plus, of course, lovely golden oak!
)This was really a nightmare because the valve which supports the shower handle would only accept Price Pfister faucets manufactured before 1994. Option 3: Repaint This is the cheapest option (other than remove) and although it isn't as nice as having new fixtures, it is pretty darn close.
I finally got around to fixing her up with a new outfit. I ran the glass parts through the dishwasher and wiped down the rest to make sure it was dust free. I laid the rings on some newspaper, but found that it stuck and left little pieces, so I moved to the garden ornament/paint can drying method. I hung the actual fixture from a tree in my backyard and coated it with a coat of primer and two coats of black.
I chose a sleek black, mostly because I could not find oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Here is my disclaimer: follow the directions for drying times on your paint.) A little light sanding, a few coats of brushed nickel and a topcoat of clear flat and you end up with this: Sure beats spending 0 on a new lock set!I also sprayed my doorbell (which was trimmed in brass) and my intercom box (again, BRASS! In the bathroom example, I had a lovely brass trimmed medicine cabinet. First thing I did after buying the Rustoleum Metallics in chrome was test it out on the nasty old light fixture which was also brass.. (It was actually quite reflective) Bring on the cabinet!Therefore I had to use a retro trim kit for the actual hardware and splash guard and used a new faucet set for the handle, spout, and showerhead. Let me introduce you to my new best friend: It was nasty, originally brass, but the shellac had come off and it was discolored and peeling.(this is actually my neighbors door, but mine look a lot like it!Next up on the list of things to paint is all the interior door knobs (since at 20$ a set, it would be in excess of 00 to replace ever single interior and exterior door and closet knob in the house.) Also, as mentioned previously, I am also using the same technique to give myself brushed nickel hardware on my cabinets when they get repainted.