How to MAKE BRASS LOOK LIKE NICKEL!!! Super Easy and... Cheap!!! 1. Spray paint handles with a metallic spray paint ( I used Rustoleum's Satin Nickel finish) 2. Brush on any black paint (I used dollar store stuff) IMPORTANT: Make sure you use a brush so you get into all the nooks and cranies! 3. Take a soft cloth and wipe off black paint. Only the paint in the cracks will remain. DONE!! I brushed Poly-urethane onto the handles to protect them from wear and tear.