This picture from Potterybarn made me gasp yesterday. “Eureka!” I said to myself and ran to my basement to fetch a brass hook that I bought at an estate sale last summer. I liked the hook but I wasn’t too fond of the brass finish. I had it slated as a door or robe hook but this bathroom photo made me think that it might work in my newly updated upstairs bath. I have been looking for something to hang a hand towel near the sink. I purchased a round ring type towel holder but have not put it up yet; I’m glad I waited. Look at the little hook that is next to the sink in the potterybarn photo – that is my inspiration for this post!
image from Potterybarn
I have been seeing some lovely photos on Pinterest (follow me!) of painted brass candlesticks and lamps.
As a matter of fact, I have painted a number of chandeliers including these two that I painted for Liz and Brentan’s country wedding.
So here is what I did:
1. I used #0000 steel wool to clean and scruff up the brass hook so the paint could adhere to the metal.
2. I next sprayed on a coat of primer that is made for metal. I let it dry for 1 hour.
3. Since I wanted my hook to match the bathroom mirror frame, I could not use spray paint. I used the same yellow latex enamel from the mirror and my floor cloth projects to paint my little duck. I was careful to paint a number of thin coats to avoid lumps and drips. I also lightly sanded with my #0000 steel wool between coats. I let the brass show through a bit because I wanted it to keep it’s vintage look.
4. When it was thoroughly dry, I sprayed a couple of coats of clear polyurethane to add more protection.
5. I also painted the heads of 2 screws that I used to attach it to the wall.