Thursday, 27 March 2014

My first attempt at ORBing

So here's a term that I hadn't heard of before I started blogging. ORBing. It means painting something oil-rubbed bronze. Yesterday I tried it on some of my worn out fittings like on the screen door and letterbox.

So this is the result.

And this is how it started out.
Well I forgot to take a before picture of the door handles but this is the strike plate which is the same colour.

So first thing I did was to remove it all and sand them back with sandpaper then give it a wash in warm soapy water.

Then I applied 5 thin layers of this Rust-oleum Universal Oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. I found it at my local Paintspot for $13.50. It is paint and primer in one so I didn't have to prime the metal first.
I laid all the parts out on some cardboard and styrofoam or whatever I had around. I gave them 5 coat of ultra fine mist spray about 10 minutes apart then left them to dry for about 24 hours. It rained last night so I had to move them undercover.
I also want to do this light fitting if I can figure out how to get it off, also the house number. This was originally black when we bought the house, then I spray painted it gold when we repainted the house fa├žade.

Oh and this is the other side of the screen door handle. I am vey happy with out it all turned out. Fingers crossed it lasts.
I really want to do this knocker on the weekend if I can.




  1. Looks great! Did you spray paint the plate in the frame as well? I've found that my spray painted door handles hold up pretty well, but I've got stractches on the plate.

    1. Thanks. I haven't yet, but it will be done. I am sure it will get scratched but it is scratched now anyway. Could always just buy an oil rubbed bronzed coloured one I guess.
      Thanks for reading :)


  2. Ohhhh that looks great Natalie!! I have been procrastinating about fixing up our door handles this looks like it could be the winner!

    1. Thanks Dani. I am still getting used to it. I think I like it but a bit scared to do the internal door handles.