To create an oil rubbed bronze finish, apply black primer followed by copper and finished with bronze spray paint to achieve the best results. The process of using three colors adds dimension and patina to the finish rather than a simple one-dimensional look.

To create an oil-rubbed bronze finish:

  1. Gather the materials needed
  2. Black primer, copper metallic and brush metallic bronze spray paints are needed to create an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

  3. Prepare item to be painted
  4. Disassemble the item if necessary. Remove any parts that are not to be painted, or cover them with painter's tape. Protect the work surface from overspray with newspaper or a painter's drop cloth. Position the item so that the area to be painted is easily accessible.

  5. Paint the item
  6. Follow the instructions on the spray paint can. In a well-ventilated area, use short spurts of paint to cover the entire item. Consider practicing on a disposable item to determine the desired finish. Start with the black primer, and then spray with copper. Finish the look with the bronze spray paint, leaving some copper patina to show through. Allow each coat to dry before applying the next coat. Repeat the bronze coating until desired look is achieved.