MY FAVORITE OIL RUBBED BRONZE SPRAY PAINT

Monday, February 16, 2009

NOTE: Unfortunately Rustoleum in an act of shear madness has
discontinued this spray paint. You can read about a better paint option here.

I didn't love oil rubbed bronze until I moved into the cottage. I usually veered towards silver or brushed nickel, but this house already had some oil rubbed bronze light fixtures that I quite liked and the house had a warmer feel overall that I thought I ought to stay true to.

So when I wanted to save money by painting bathroom fixtures instead of buying new ones I went on a search for the best paint. This is what I found:



It's almost black, but a little warmer. It has some sheen, but not too much. It's also very durable. What more could you ask for?






OOPS! I guess the potty training never ends. Even when they're 14.

49 Suburbanites Said:

~Linds~ said...

OMG! This is awesome! Those fixtures look great! We have gold door knobs throughout our house...I'd love to spray paint them (I've read about it in a blog) but I'm afraid that with use...it won't hold up!

Yours on the other hand looks great!
~Linds
http://passengerseatkindofgirl.blogspot.com/

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

That has got to be the coolest tip ever! Thank you so much for sharing that. I am spying my brassy 80ish chandy and I can't wait to try this!!!!

Hugs,
Dena

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Great color!!

M ^..^

Gena said...

I love that spray paint! I have a question - have you tried painting the trim around a shower door? I have a huge walk-in shower with the glass door and glass window, all trimmed out in bright brass. I would love to re-do my bathroom fixtures with paint, but would still have to somehow replace or repaint this. How does that paint hold up to moisture?

If it would work it would certainly solve a huge decorating problems for me! Thank you for sharing.

Elizabeth said...

If I could be around the fumes I'd do my doorknobs in a heartbeat!

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AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Linds - I have friends that have painted doorknobs and they've held up very well. If you're concerned I'd paint on knob first that gets a lot of use and see how it holds up. If it doesn't, then it's inexpensive to replace just one.


Gena - I don't think it would be a problem to paint the outside frame of a shower door. I'm not sure about the inside. There may be a water proof clear coat you could spray over the top. I'd probably check with some "experts" though before trying it...unless you're willing to give it a shot and replace the door if it doesn't work.

Thanks for your comments gals!

attorneymama said...

Love this tip. I am tired of my brushed nickel, but I am too cheap to replace them. :)

Tricia Anne said...

What a great look with spray paint! Did you spray directly onto your fixtures or did you have to prime them first?
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

O.K. this spray paint makes me giddy! I havebeen out of painting for a while and girl, NOW IT'S ON!

Good thing my husband is out of town for a few weeks. Heeehehehehehehehehee Giddy I tell you!

~Misti

Amy said...

I just found you through the Nester's site, and I have to tell you I am addicted to this spray paint. I have sprayed switch plates, wall sconces, picture frames and a tray this color.You are right, it is great when you are thinking black, but with a bit of shine! I'm so happy to have found someone else with my same addiction!

Anonymous said...

Hi, The Nester had you linked today. I browsed on over here and found exactly what I've been looking for! Nice bronze spray paint. Please tell me; was this the "aged bronze"? They have classic bronze and aged bronze. What store did you find this in? I checked our WalMart and they carry this product but I don't remember seeing this Metallic Bronze. Thanks so much! I love your blog. Your home is turning out great!

Andrea L.

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Good questions Andrea. The paint I used just said "Oil Rubbed Bronze". It didn't specify if it was aged or classic...so I'm assuming classic?

I actually had to check a couple different stores to find it, but ended up finding it at Home Depot. I bought 5 cans in case I couldn't find it again...you know, for those spray paint emergencies...LOL.

Kyle said...

Another fan of this paint here...but at our Lowe's they had it pulled/discontinued about a month or so ago. I bought the last of what they had. I don't know if that means anything about this paint and other retailers or not.

Manning said...

I love this! I have been searching for the oil rbbed bronze but can't find it anywhere. What is the name on the label, i can't quite read it. It looks great!

Anonymous said...

I have been to Lowe's and Home Depot this past weekend and could not find the color on the shelf. The clerk at Lowe's said they were not carrying the color of oiled rubbed bronze anymore in spray paint by Rust-Oleum or any other brand. Any idea where I can buy a can? I just redecorated my kitchen with oiled rubbed bronze faucet, cabinet handles and napkin holder. I want to paint my gold metal plate stand to match.

Anonymous said...

I have one can that I tested a 3x3" spot and ended up not liking it. If you're interested in it let me know. It's only one can unfortunately. I found Rustoleum makes a textured oil rubbed bronze but is much more brown. Also they have "Bright Finish" in bronze which is closer to the oil rubbed.

Anonymous said...

I see you have a can of paint and are talking about oil rubbed bronze. Is the color of the paint you used oil rubbed bronze or something else?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I too love this paint... I've painted my cabinet door hinges as well as my vents with this stuff over 6 months ago and all has held up perfectly. SO... how did those door knobs turn out? I'm thinking about doing mine.

Amy K.

Anonymous said...

By the way everyone, oil rubbed bronze IS discontinued. You can still buy it on amazon and a couple of other sights, but mostly in packages of 6. If you look at rustoleum's website, they no longer have it:( Sad day for all lovers of this stuff...

Amy K.

Anonymous said...

I love this paint! Why would they discontinue it? I have painted frames, clocks, bathroom fixtures, a TV stand, a coffee table, vases and want to paint more! I just went to Home Depot yesterday to get more...... Sad day indeed.

Anonymous said...

Gena, Did you ever try painting the shower door trim? That's EXACTLY what I'm wanting to do and wondered if it could possibly work.

Anonymous said...

I too am wanting to know about the shower door trim. I bought the Rust-Oleum Universal Advanced Formula All-Surface Paint in Satin Finish in the Espresso Brown. Sounds like I might need to go back and look further for an "oil rubbed bronze" color? But is this also the wrong kind or is this the replacement for the one they discontinued? I live in a small town so my options are limited and I am wondering if I need to make a trip to big city or shop on-line... :) Thank you for all info!! I have been wanting to paint so many things and all your posts have given me great hope because my husband thinks I'm crazy but of course does not want to open his wallet!! :)

cheryl g. said...

Just to let you know the Oil Rubbed Bronze Paint from Rustoleum HAS NOT been discontinued. I have a client that works for the company and she said you can purchase it at most home improvement stores.

Anonymous said...

Yea!!! I am soo excited and planning to run out and look for this paint today. I am hoping to do my shower trim as well so if anyone has tried it - please post your results asap!

Anonymous said...

I just happen to fall upon this blog looking for oil rubbed bronze paint and good luck I can't seem to find it any where. I have done all the door handles in my home and some wicker outside I'ts beautiful, But now I need to touch up some things and well as I said I can't find it any where... NOT happy

Anonymous said...

Krylon brushed metallic-satin-OIL RUBBED BRONZE spray paint at walmart for less than $3. This weekend is the moment of truth for my doorknobs. Spraypaint and npr weekend shows..life is good! http://ny112209.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Looking into purchasing a new home with staircase black metal spindles. Wanting to change spindles to oil rubbed bronze finished. After reading comments. I think I could be ready to try. Keep your fingers crosses from me. Jo from Little Rock

Anonymous said...

American Accents can also be found at Michaels craft stores. Not sure if they carry this color, but since it is a somewhat specialty/craft color, it is a good possibility.

Anonymous said...

So would anyone that knows FOR SURE whether or not the Rustoleum product (oil rubbed bronze) paint is still available, please comment on when and where they purchased it? I too used the paint and loved it, but now am unable to find it anywhere to do more projects. Also, has anyone spray painted their metal portions of their shower door? What were the results?

Anonymous said...

You can find it at Lowes, Home Depot ,Amazon etc.

Or just google "Rustoleum Metallics Oil Rubbed Bronze" hit shopping, results will pop up, it's widely available.

janet said...

I too am a fan of this paint, and was needing more to finish my "projects"....but I can't find it anywhere. Been to lowes, home depot, michaels, walmart, hobby lobby, and the local lumber yards. And more ideas??

Anonymous said...

if this pain is no longer available...what to use. I want to paint an old brass light fixture.

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Hi there - If you click on the tag "Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint" I've listed some other options. You can also read about a test I did here: http://oursuburbancottage.blogspot.com/2009/08/orb-paint-taste-test.html

Anonymous said...

Just this past weekend I purchased 3 cans of Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze at our local Lowe's...it's still out there. And it is fabulous...I have painted mirrors frames, door handles, registers, candle holders, etc all in this color and they all look like I bought them that way. I've had a lot of compliments as well!

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you can paint a shower head and extension arm with this paint?

orange sugar said...

My Lowe's carries this spray paint although the can looks different. But it is oil rubbed bronze. I have also seen Krylon ORB at Wal Mart.

Amanda said...

So, I'm not sure what type of metal my switch plates and vents are, but it's the most yellow gold colour ever and it's just not my style. We just moved in. This seems like a good option. Does it adhere well to shiny switch plates? It would cost quite a lot to purchase all new hardware. Everything is YELLOW GOLD! Eaks!

LoveDecorating said...

I've been wanting to spray paint the gold fixtures in our powder room too but didn't know what color to go with and what brand. I am so glad I found your blog in the nick of time. One of your suburbanite bloggers gave the web site that sells the oil rubbed bronze and I am so glad to say I ordered a 6 can. I can't wait to do this project. I am contemplating also spray painting the gold faucet and the gold toilet flush. I noticed you left those out in your project. Any good reason why I should not spray paint those?

jason said...

We just bought ours at ACe Hardware. Its made by Kryon.
You can google it as well if you dont have an ace hardware in your area.

secondlouise said...

Can the chrome towel bars be changed with the oil rubbed bronze spray paint? How did the trim on the shower doors and the faucets turn out? Great blog. I hope I can find the product.

HDRockerCgirl said...

It looks GREAT!! I am wondering though, if you used a clear coat over the oil rubbed bronze paint? If so, gloss or matte? I just purchased oil rubbed bronze towel rack, tp holder, toilet handle, etc. for my bathroom, but I have a large sliding mirror medicine cabinet that has a chrome frame on the top and bottom. I am going to try the oil rubbed bronze paint, but wanted to know about a top coat. Thanks!!! Hope mine turns out as nice as yours!

HDRockerCgirl said...

For those of you looking for the paint, I found it on Amazon.com

Emily said...

I bought some this evening at Home Depot. I LOVE it! Anything that is not moving in this house is in danger of being painted! Even my fingers are ORB now. :)

Dushani said...

I found your blog while googling oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Looks like Rustoleum is carrying the product again as I was able to find it on their website. I will be going to home depot tomorrow. :)

LawraLoo said...

I found your blog while google-ing 'can i paint my kitchen knobs rubbed bronze'.
First let me say, I LOVE YOUR BLOG.
It's going to be my new GO TO.
Second, let me say my kitchen cabinet knobs? They look awesome. I was about to spend over $100 on new knobs because I wanted to aged bronze look, and now? I've spent $5.
Thank You!

admin said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I love this look but it can be pricey. I've done a few things in my home by layering colors for a deeper look. I spray black on bottom, then copper, and top off with oil rubbed bronze. You can see it at http://www.deconstructingthehome.com. Thanks for all the great advice!

Tommy said...

i bought rustoleum oil rubbed bronze last weekend at lowes in ct..i also picked up some aged copper also rustoleum...i sprayed 3 coats of copper then bronze and sanded the edges with 800 grit paper (to look like worn antique copper coated bronze) then a semi gloss clear ..my old radiators look like a million bucks

mamanay1 said...

Is there a difference in "metallic" oil rubbed bronze Rustoleum or Krylon paint? Do I need a primer? I want to "do" my shiny brass chandelier.

Libra said...

I was unable to find oil rubbed bronze paint at local stores but recently ran across Rust-Oleum 243898 on Amazon. It was discontinued in regular stores due to high VOCs. It worked great for updating old brass items. I used fine steel wool, primed, sprayed two light coats, then sprayed on two top coats of polyurethane. It's held up well on a rack that gets used often. There is a newer form out which is supposedly good on all surfaces. 249131 - Oil Rubbed Bronze - not sure if the low VOC version is as good.