Creating Faux Bronze Hardware in 3 Easy Steps

I spent a good portion of last Thursday morning painting a ten drawer dresser for the master bedroom makeover we’re doing as part of the One Room Challenge. All of the pieces of furniture are in great shape so we’ve decided to keep them but we wanted to give them more of a fresh feel and less of the matchy-matchy feel they currently have.   I’ll share the story with you tomorrow but I’ll just say painting the dresser wasn’t without a little controversy and it definitely wasn’t without a bit of trepidation. I should probably insert here the trepidation wasn’t on my part at all because I normally don’t paint a piece unless I feel inspired to paint it a specific color. I’ve had a few pieces sit in the garage for a while because I just couldn’t decide what color would look best. That being said, we obviously don’t have months to wait for inspiration to strike so I went with my gut and painted the ten drawer dresser black. After I finished painting it though, I knew immediately I would have to do something about the silver hardware. The hardware was also in great shape but way too modern for the rest of the room especially now the dresser was painted. So, I did what most people do, I headed to our local big box craft store and found some knobs that would work. The only problem was the current hardware had a back plate that the new knobs didn’t have. Here’s a look at how we married the new knobs with the old back plates and created a faux rubbed bronze look in 3 easy steps…

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Ok, so basically this is the what the original hardware for all the matching bedroom furniture pieces looks like. They’re not bad at all but they’re way too modern for the new feel we’re going for.

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In all honesty, I went to Hobby Lobby looking for knobs that were more in line with this look. But they didn’t have the number of knobs we needed in stock so … on to plan B.

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That’s when I found these knobs and thought, “Ok, these could work.”

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But then I got them home and realized the whole back plate situation needed to be handled stat!

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So I got out my handy little tube of Rub N Buff in Antique Gold.

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If you’ve never used this stuff before you need just a tiny amount on your finger at a time.

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A little definitely goes a long way.

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After the antique gold was dry and had set a bit, I added the next layer which was Annie Sloan Dark Furniture Paste Wax.

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I put a small amount on my finger and rubbed the wax into the Antique Gold.

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I almost left it this way but I don’t know there was still something about it that looked too gold against the bronze.

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I also let the dark wax set a bit before finally adding the third and final layer, black wax.

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Keep in mind if you’re making your own colored wax, clear wax, which is the base of most colored wax is kind of like “the great eraser” in that it can take away color or wax especially if you’re trying to use it over the dark wax.

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You really don’t need a lot of black wax either, just enough to add that third layer of color. Also don’t let the wax clump because then it will flake off the knob. You really want to work the wax into the hardware if you can. Allow all of the layers to harden before securing them to the dresser as they could scratch easily. I let these sit overnight and they still got a nicked a bit which is to be expected.

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It took a few tries but I think I pulled it off.

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Here’s a peek at the hardware on the dresser… I’ll share it with you tomorrow.

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Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

 

Many blessings,

CoCo

Comments

  1. says

    Okay wait, when I saw your post about the dresser – I figured you updated them 🙂 Did you change them between the different hardware though, because they look a bit darker with the darker knobs (but it could be the lighting too)

    • says

      The old knobs were sort of brushed silver and really modern so we purchased new bronze style knobs. But we didn’t have a way to replace the hardware back plates to we had to fake the look with this technique so the old back plate would seamless marry to the new hardware. Cool, right? Hugs, CoCo

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