Here is a picture of my antique brass knobs:
Ugly isn't it. I know many of you have these. You are like me, you bought your home for the details and large rooms that are common in the 70's home.
I saw these knobs on Emily Hewitt's blog www.awelldressedhome.com
She used Rustoleum Pure Gold spray paint. And since brass and gold are coming back in I thought this may be a good choice.
I also saw this blog from Emily Clark http://emilyaclark.blogspot.com/2013/01/embracing-brass.html
These are real interior designers who are using brass knobs.
So I decided that I would paint mine like Emily Hewitt. I first started by soaking them in straight ammonia. This made the outer shellac easy to remove. I rinsed them well and started with a Brillo pad. I had to remove old paint from the edges where the doors had been painted by a lazy painter who had not removed the knobs and got paint around the edges (I have many issues with this same painter in other areas of the house). Then I started to sand them with a spongy sanding block I got from Home Depot to prepare for the spray paint. I did find that they sanded much easier when sanding with the sponge block and knob wet. I couldn't believe my eyes. The knobs are solid brass and the look was GEORGEOUS!!!!!
This is the before and after. I left a little of the antiquing in the grooves. Then I changed my plans and decided to just spray with clear gloss. Here is the pictures with the knobs replaced on the doors.
I can't wait to continue on the other doors of the house.
BTW, when we added the upstairs, the builder but the shiny brass plated knobs. I am looking to buy more of the 70's antique brass knobs. If you have any you want to get rid of or sale, let me know.