How to Paint & Antique Metal Hardware
- 1). Remove the hardware from the furniture. You can remove most hardware with a few twists of a screwdriver or with a drill set on reverse. If removing the hardware is not possible, tape around the surrounding areas of the furniture that you do not want to cover. When painting, avoid letting excess paint pool over the screws and damage the hardware. Reserve your screws for after your project is completed.
- 2). Scrape away any rust that accumulates on the surface of the hardware. You can use sandpaper to scrape away most rust. Chemical rust removers are also effective; simply soak the hardware in a rust removal solution and allow the rust to break down. Because your desired effect is to have an antique look, some rust buildup could add to the look.
- 3). Scuff the surface of the hardware with fine-grit sandpaper. Like any painting project, preparation with sandpaper is key. Metal is a slick surface, so sanding the surface helps the paint to adhere and reduces the chance of chipping in the future. For an aged look, it is not necessary to perfectly smooth the surface. Scuffing in some areas and not others helps create an antique look.
- 4). Apply paint with a sponge brush over the hardware. Add more paint in some areas than others for an uneven aged look. Pat the sponge over the surface lightly, adding more paint as you go. Avoid sweeping the paint over the hardware; this looks too clean and even.
- 5). Allow the paint to dry fully. Add different shades, such as gray, rusty orange and red or brown to achieve your desired effect. After you have finished painting, replace the hardware with the reserved screws. Remove any painter's tape.