diy: antique brass paint finish

My favorite DIY’s are those that take the least amount of time and are virtually impossible to mess up.  This paint technique satisfies both requirements and the results are pretty impressive!  I’ve heard a lot of wonderful things about Modern Masters metallic paints and have been wanting to give them a try for a while; after wanting to add a little warmth to my mantle for fall, I ordered a small pot of the brass color way and gave it a go to a small round mirror I had laying around.  I can totally see what all the hype is about with the paint; it covers like a dream and has a more believable metallic quality than I could get out of a can of spray paint.  After a few coats, I loved the color but still wanted a more “antique” feel, so I brushed on some walnut stain, wiping it back messily and leaving a little bit of stain in corners on the molding.  I love it.  Here is how I did it:

1.  Prime your piece.  I use Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Primer.

2.  Add two coats of Modern Masters paint, waiting to dry completely between each coat.

3.  Using a foam brush, brush on some walnut stain, wait a few minutes and then wipe it off with a clean white cloth. 

That’s it! 

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  1. Fran on October 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Thank you for posting this!! I so want to try this for a bunch of mirrors I have!! I hope they turn out as well as yours did!!

  2. Kelly Stivers on October 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    You'll love the paint, Fran! It's great quality and so easy to apply! I would definitely prime your frames first with a light coat first. Best of luck!

  3. Tippy on January 30, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Did you use a satin or matte paint on the mirror?

  4. Kelly Stivers on February 4, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Tippy – the paint only comes in one finish, it's metallic so it has a little sheen to it, but it's mostly like a satin. Hope this helps! xx

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