Have you ever stared at your range hood, and just decided you really didn't like it?? Probably not. But I have. And one day I thought... could it be a bad idea to paint it??? I figured the BEST case was a new looking hood on the cheap, and the WORST case was to go buy a new one (which we've thought about doing anyway).
General Finishes Milk Paint is good for both wood AND metal, so I had the paint...
I've been playing with a new metallic finish (that I'm excited to show you), so I knew how to do it.
So I grabbed my brushes, and a little blue painters tape and went to town.
Here's what I did.
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Step 1: Sand it!
Grab your 220 grit sandpaper, and just like furniture scratch it up! Then when you are good and done, wipe it off with a damp paper towel.
Step 2. Paint your base coat.
I'm starting at white, and wanted to go somewhere between stainless steel and oil rubbed bronze, so I started with a dark base color, Dark Chocolate Milk Paint. I think I also could have started with a dark gray (like Driftwood or Queenstown Gray also).
Step 3. Here's where you're pretty sure you've just committed to buying a new hood (or your husband is going to kill you).
But hang on, the first coat always looks bad. You think you've ruined it. Persevere. Let it dry and then carry on.
Step 4. Stipple on some Champagne Pearl Effects.
Yep, grab your brush, and just pounce, stipple, blot, it on - heavier for a more silver look, lighter for a little more brown showing through. Let it dry.
Step 5. Now add some Bronze Pearl Effects.
This is a more "oil rubbed bronze" looking pearl effects, so it still has a metallic shimmer, but it also tones down the champagne a bit. Just add to your hearts content until you get it where you like it. I let this dry and then went back in with the Champagne Pearl Effects in a few places too.
Step 6. Seal it up!
I used High Performance Top Coat in flat finish and gave it one coat with a clean brush. I wanted to be sure this was wipe-able and all sealed up.
Step 7. Step back and admire your work.
I love it! It looks metallic (not like I just painted it), and it's now a nice contrast against my white cupboards while tying in nicely with the rest of the kitchen finishes.
Not bad for an afternoon project right??
Mr. Incredible somehow didn't even notice this when he got home from work, but he approved once he noticed the range hood was no longer a dingy white!
Have something a little weird you've painted? Share!! Send me an email, I'd love to see!