Old Brass Fixtures Turn Rubbed Bronze The “Caromal Colours Modern Masters” Way…

In my workshops I like to show people my recipe for a Oil Rubbed Bronze finish

like this

and this

using Caromal Colours Chocolate Basecoat (smooth not textured)

and Modern Masters Metallic Paint Statuary Bronze

You can read the step by step directions in this post.

Wendy recently emailed me

Hello Patty,

I’m really enjoying using your Caromal Colours Chocolate Basecoat!  I just want to THANK YOU!  I did the metallic Statuary bronze and then polyurethane over that.

Here is my bakers rack before:

and afterclose up

My white towel rack is transformed!

My brass knobs on the top and white bathroom knobs on the bottom are transformed!  The long handle in the middle was wood & brass.  This is fun!

This light was brass!  I did two of these!

The plant pot was orange, the candle base was silver, the garbage can/soap dispenser and tissue holder were all green!

I used polyurethane on the soap dispenser and tissue holder because I thought they may get wet.

This clock below was wood

I took off the doors and did all 6 hinges and the door knobs.  All were brass before!

My husbands loves how I’m saving money!!!  Thanks again Patty!


HOW COOL IS THAT?  I know Wendy used up one full 16 oz jar of Smooth Chocolate Basecoat ($15.50) then came and picked up another and started into that.  The Modern Masters Metallic Paint you can get in 6 oz jars  ($10-$15) and that will last you a long time.  Great transformations,  easy finish – just takes a little time and effort. Well worth it, don’t you think?


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7 responses to “Old Brass Fixtures Turn Rubbed Bronze The “Caromal Colours Modern Masters” Way…

  1. I did not know it came in textured and smooth. Do you have pictures of both?

    • no i dont, Jeannette – the smooth basecoat only comes in a 8 or 16 ounce jar – its original purpose was for the gilding products – gold/silver/copper leafing kits – a basecoat with similiar properties to TB in that it bonds to almost any surface, and provides a sealed, durable base. The smooth basecoat comes in Chocolate and Clear.

      to describe it – its thinner than the textured basecoat, but same color. I used it playing around on hardware, with the metallics over it, and loved the results .

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  3. barbara sheldon huggins

    how do you get such a smooth finish with no brush strokes? The smooth chocolate is very thick. Barbara

    • Barb, I just brush it thin – the metallic that goes on as layer 2 is a stippled dry brush/pounce, and it pretty much hides any inperfections…. i don’t go for thick solid coat of base – just enough base to prime/seal up my surface…

  4. Can you do bathroom faucets?

    • Jeannette, I’ve done several faucets – the powder room faucet at last house and my studio bathroom faucet – but both were done in leaf, where i basecoated with the smooth basecoat chocolate (or you could use Reclaim mocha) then applied sticky size, then leaf (one was silver one was gold), then toner then poly topcoat. i havent had issues with either holding up – but I dont scrub with abrasives either – just clean with mild cleaning products.

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