Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Design is in the Details
One of the major challenges in remodeling our master bathroom was the tub! It is a wonderful Kohler soaking tub, worth about $3000, cast iron, placed in concrete so it is almost impossible to remove, and the most comfortable tub I have ever been in. Needless to say everything on this bathroom was planned around the tub.
But when I went to replace the hand rests, pictured above, and the drain mechanism I ran into a huge road block. Kohler did not make the pieces in an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish and they still don’t. They make them in the bright brass, but I already had those. And I had already replaced all the other plumbing and light fixtures in the bathroom so there was no going back.
So now what? My husband says I will paint anything that stands still long enough so it was no surprise to him when I said I was going to paint these brass big boys.
Unfortunately I have misplaced one of my camera cards and all the pictures of the process where on that card. So I will just list the steps I used.
1) Of course I started with a good washing and sanding. Brass usually has a lacquer coating so I made sure to sand down to the actual metal. This is have a picture of.
2) I sprayed them with a metal primer and sanded lightly.
3) Then I sprayed them with two to three light coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze, sanding very lightly in between coats.
4) Then I repeated the process I used on the mirror frame and the half bath faucet, dry brushing a mixture of copper craft paint and glaze to each piece. I kept a piece of the new oil rubbed bronze fixtures handy for reference as well as a damp rag so I could wipe off the copper if it was not looking like I wanted. Which happened quite a few times. This is also the same technique I used on my vanity bench but while it looks great in person it just doesn’t show up in the pictures.
5) I finished it off with three light coats of spray polyand let them dry completely before I reinstalled them. I stress the “completely” part of the drying process because that is always a weak spot for me. I can’t tell you how many pieces I have ruined because of my lack of patience.
But not these beauties, they turned out perfect.
6) Enjoy the tub!
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Thanks for reading,