They were ok as they were, but, since I'm so surrounded by brown all the time, I thought I could brighten them up a bit. Here is where we started, brown and goldy-bronzey:
|Ignore the hot mess of my kitchen in the background. And Stanky's breakfast...I felt crafting was a better use of my time today!|
And here is where we ended up...even my guys like them!
|Obviously, we haven't painted the hallway yet. BROWN.|
|Crisp paint lines, thanks FrogTape!|
I used my trust FrogTape(TM) to cover all of the goldy-bronze bits. It took some doing, as my tape was too wide, but I'm a use-what-you've-got kinda girl!
Once it was all taped off, I could really get in those tight joints with my detail brush. Otherwise I just used a cheap foam brush and white acrylic craft paint. Because they were so dark, and I skipped primer, it took about 6 thin coats of the acrylic. BUT, that allowed the grain of the faux leather to really pop, and I like the texture the foam brush left behind.
I was tempted to call it good once the white dried, but, I had two bottles of silver craft paint calling me. I just mixed Pure Silver (a little darker & more aged) and Silver Anniversary (very metallic/high sheen) 50/50, then pounced it over the raised details with my detail brush. For the smooth sections, I just dry-brushed some of the silver paint over the bronze to get a really cool mixed metal effect.
For ZERO dollars, I've got two brand spankin new pillar holders. Which means I've got to find a better place for them than the bottom of the pantry...
|Look at those crisp paint lines! Thanks FrogTape!|