I loved the detail. It was a little beat up but nothing a little spray paint couldn't bring back to life.
First I taped off all of the areas that will eventually be gold.
Then I sprayed the exposed metal with semi-gloss Rusto-leum black spray paint.
I let it dry for 24 hours then removed the tape. After another 24 hours, I taped off the freshly painted black areas. If you're doing a similar project, make sure to let the paint dry for a couple of days before taping it off so that the tape does pull off any paint that hasn't set yet.
I thought maybe the frame was tarnished brass, but some scrubbing with a good brass cleaner revealed it was not. It was beat up and rusted so I grabbed my gold spray paint, Rusto-leum again.
After letting it dry for 24 hours, I removed the tape. There were a couple of areas where the gold had leaked onto the black so I just grabbed a small craft paintbrush, sprayed it with some of the black paint and touched up any gold overspray.
The result was better than I imagined.
Retro, glam and totally unique. I'm so in love with it.