How to Make Brass Hardware Look Like Oil Rubbed Bronze!

I transformed the drawer pulls for the new family computer desk from brass to oil rubbed bronze.  Pretty cool, huh? If you love the look of your hardware, but you hate the brass look, you can do this, too!

How to make brass hardware look like Oil-Rubbed Bronze! {Easy Tutorial on}

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Want to know how to do it?

First, spray your entire project with Glossy Wood Tone 757 by Design Master.  This is a floral spray, so look for it in the floral section, not the paint section.  This will give your brass a coppery look.  The advice I was given for that spray is to spray lightly from far away, and add multiple coats until you get the color you like.

*Very important tip:  Do not leave the spray can anywhere that Lu (or fill in the name of your toddler) can reach it.  Even if you put it up high and turn your back for just a second, you may be surprised to find your “Lu” crouched in front of your project holding the spray can and poised to spray!

Next, apply a coat of  Ebony Rub ‘n Buff by Amaco.  This is a wax metallic finish.  It smells suspiciously like shoe polish.  The Rub ‘n Buff is tricky.  It dries really fast, and if you rub too much, it comes right off.  I think it must be made for things you don’t touch very often–like picture frames, lamps, etc.

Finally, apply several coats of clear acrylic coating to seal the Rub ‘n Buff.  (I used UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating by Krylon.)  I also used this same method on the tops of the nails I used to attach the pulls to the drawers.

It is still possible to scratch the finish, but I don’t have any idea how to fix that.  Maybe varnish–but I don’t want the pulls to look varnishy.  If anyone has any ideas to make them totally scratch resistant, please let me know!

You can see the whole desk inside this post:

Build a Family Computer Desk on a Budget! {I made mine almost completely with second hand materials}

 How to Create a Family Computer Desk on a Budget

Want to see some of the other projects in this room? We were going for a school theme.

Desk Chair Makeover and Easy Slip Cover Tutorial
Create the easiest magnet boards ever with this Picture Frame to Magnet Board tutorial {}
Easy Picture Frame Magnet Boards
Let your kids fill the walls with inexpensive Crayon Wall Art! {Garage sale frame + a few boxes of crayons = fun!}
Crayon Wall Art

*Don’t forget.  You almost never have to pay full price at craft stores.  Before you buy, go online and get a coupon!  Most craft stores will accept other craft store coupons.  I’m such a cheapskate that I’ll go to the store several times in a day or a week and buy just one item for my project at a time.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to see you again soon!



  1. These are so cute! So inspiring! Thanks so much for linking up to Ta-Da Tuesday
    413 Sparrow Lane

  2. Great tutorial and what a fabulous difference. Love the oil rubbed bronze look. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

  3. Great job. Heidi! I am NOT a fan of bright, shiny brass, so I love your idea.

    Thanks for sharing at Time Travel Thursday. I hope you’ll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop in tonight to see yourself featured.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  4. hi
    I think different oil use different people because it depends on a male , female you should be consult with the doctor

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