Create the Oil-Rubbed Bronze Look for Less

6 Materials
2 Hours

It's a simple fact that trends come on strong and fade out fast but what if that style trend item from the distant past held sentimental value? Do you store it in the garage or hide it in the attic? No just have to take a few minutes to dress it up for now with a lick of paint! I'm going to share how I did this for a friend's cherished plant stand. I'll take it from drab to fab with just chalkboard paint and metallic paints.

Plant Stand Before

Step one is to completely cover the textured, pink paint with the chalkboard paint seen below. It may require two coats but it covers very well overall I found.

I left the stand to dry overnight just for good measure before starting step two, applying a metallic glaze. I combined Folk Art copper on the left with a brass color seen in the middle to give me the shade I was aiming for on the right.

The next step is to use the dry brush technique as seen in the video to add the metallic highlights over the flat black paint. I poured the paint into a container and used an artist brush to do the highlighting. I even used a lint free rag in some areas to remove some of the metallic paint before it dried if I thought it was applied to heavy.

I continued to work it all over the piece until it was completely highlighted. If you get too much metallic paint onto your brush just simply blot it off in a paper towel, you'll want your brush to be almost dry for this technique.

Close up of Metallic Highlighting

I placed the stand on an a glass block to make it easier to turn as I painted it and keep it off the floor while it was drying.

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Here is the completed look, for the final step I applied 2 coats of satin finish water based polyurethane to protect the finish.

Here's the item staged as it is purposed to be used.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Plant Stand
Finished Look Close up

So for mere pennies and a few simple steps you can transform an outdated finish and continue to treasure cherished items. Please try this, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to fake the look of oil rubbed bronze!

Before, During & After

For more inspiration on how to achieve this look please check out this previous post.

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3 questions
  • Kathy Morgan
    on May 25, 2019

    Can you paint a refrigerator with chalk paint?

    • Skilled Thrifty Creatives
      on May 27, 2019

      I recall now that it was Fusion Mineral paints that did a live video tutorial on how you could paint your fridge with their paint. You may also try to search in Hometalk for Painted Fridge, I just found 4 posts with that search. Hope this helps you Kathy.

  • Robyn Garner
    on May 28, 2019

    Why do you specify using chalkboard paint rather than either chalk paint or flat black? I don't understand why you'd need such expensive paint when the texture was the same, you did the highlights and sealed over it. Flat black or DIY chalk paint is far less expensive than chalkboard paint.

    • Robyn Garner
      on May 29, 2019

      Thanks, Tracey! It all makes perfect sense and cents now lol! 😎

  • Connie Forte
    on Jun 3, 2019

    Where did you get this piece from??? It's absolutely beautiful!!!

    • Connie Forte
      on Jun 10, 2019

      You're welcome. I just love the lil shelves that ate attached to. Very unique.

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  • Joanie
    on May 28, 2019

    This reminds me of a cactus. It is so unique and functional. I'd love this on my front porch. It is gorgeous!!

    • Skilled Thrifty Creatives
      on May 29, 2019

      Hahah, I see it too now! Thanks so very much it belongs to a friend, a cherished gift her mom gave her years ago that she didn't love anymore but didn't want to part with either. As always a lick of paint fixed it!

  • Gilad L
    on Jun 30, 2019


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