How To Paint Furniture Hardware

Hope that your Monday is off to a good start?  I recently painted some furniture hardware, so I thought I'd share with you how I did it.
The hardware I was going to paint appeared to be brass, which made me reluctant to paint it.  I remember reading somewhere that if you want to find out whether your metal is brass, or just brass plated, then you put a magnet on it.  If the magnet sticks to it, then it's brass plated.  The magnet stuck to my hardware so, I decided to go ahead and paint.
I did some research and everything that I read said to use a metal etching primer, but I'd already bought my paint (Rustoleum's fern in gloss) and was just planning on using the primer I had on hand.  I didn't want to go back to the store.  So, I rationalized this away and told myself that the metal etching primer is just for metal things that will go outside to prevent them from rusting.  I actually have no idea if this is true or not, but I was happy about not having to go back to the store.  Sometimes, I just prefer to live in a state of denial.

So, here are the steps:
1)   Scrub the hardware in some warm soapy water.  I just used dish water.
2)  Dry it thoroughly and spray it with a few light coats of primer.  Be sure you let each coat dry completely in between.
3)  After the primer is dried, you can spray paint using the same technique as applying the primer.
For the drawer knobs, I put them into a cardboard box to keep them upright while spray painting.

Be sure that you let the paint dry thoroughly before putting it back onto your
I let mine dry overnight before I put them onto my son's desk.

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