You can easily create this bronze finish, here’s how. First you will need an item with some sort of texture or high and low points on the surface. This scroll edged mirror I purchased at a garage sale is perfect.
It’s original finish was not bad, it was silvery with a blackened antique look. But I wanted it more gold.
1. I cleaned it in a solution of warm soapy water with a little ammonia in it, dried it completely and taped off the mirror in the middle with painters tape.
2. I sprayed it with Rust-oleum, Metallic Flat Spray Paint in Burnished Amber. This is a great spray paint with the primer in it, it covers very well, but I sprayed 2 coats just to make sure I got it into all the little cracks and crevices. (Note: I’m not getting paid to promote this item.)
3. I let the paint dry for several hours, maybe a day. I then added the golden highlights with rub n buff. Place a small amount on your finger and lightly rub the top of the item, trying to only hit the high points. Have a damp rag nearby and if you think it’s going on to heavy, try to wipe it off immediately, then just keep going. Even though you think you’ve used up all the gold, it will still rub onto the item. If you can’t clean off the excess with a damp cloth, try a little nail polish removed – gently so you don’t remove the paint layer underneath.
I used antique gold for this product, but for the thermometer above, I used gold. They both work very well for a bronze look. ( I am not getting paid to promote this item either, it’s just a great product).
If your item is going to live outside, I would spray it with a polyurethane, I’ve used this on some outdoor lanterns and it has all worn away from the weather.
4. Here is the final product. Let me know what you think in the comments or if you have any questions about the process, I’m happy to answer them for you.