How to spray paint door knobs for $3 each! Skip the expensive replacements and update your grungy old brass door knobs for cheap!
How to Spray Paint Door Knobs for $3 Each!
When we first moved into our house, the guts of it were in great shape (roof, basement, electrical, etc.) but the aesthetics definitely needed an update.
Before we moved all our stuff in, we had a 4 day painting blitz where we painted 11 (yes 11) rooms/hallways to cover over the peach, mauve, and what I call ‘Apartment Blah’ cream colour the previous owners had plastered their walls with. They were quite a bit older than us, and had very different tastes…
The modern trend is to grey the sh*t out of everything, but my fiance and I love colour, so we went all out and painted each room a different bold colour. We love it!
After we painted all the walls, I decided to give the door knobs a makeover too. I had innocently thought about just getting new knobs to replace the old outdated and scratched brass ones. (BAHAHAHAHAAAAA ohhhh, you sweet spring lamb, you homeowner newbie!). Then I discovered frickin’ door knobs cost about $30 each for a decent one. Uhhh yeah. NOT gonna happen.
So, since you can spray paint juuuuust about anything, that’s what I did! I updated 6 brass door knob sets on our main floor for $20 worth of paint and sandpaper, so just over $3 each. Sure as hell beats the $180+ it would have cost to replace them with new ones.
If you have old brass doork nobs you’d like to modernize without shelling out literally hundreds of dollars, check out my easy peasy tutorial for how to spray paint door knobs! It only takes a few minutes, plus some drying time.
What you need:
-desired spray paint
-very fine grain sandpaper
-large carboard box
-your old grungy door knobs
-appropriate screwdriver to remove hardware
I used (and highly recommend) Rustoleum paint for this project. I used two different colours of paint for our knobs: I did all the hallway knobs in Rustoleum Satin Nickel, and our living room has a lot of oiled bronze and cast iron accents, so I did our front hall closet knob in Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. Here’s what they look like:
These cans also have a neat little spray mechanism that allows you to easily spray from all angles, including upside down, without losing power on the spray! Saweeeet!
What you do:
1) Remove the knobs from both sides of the door, and make sure you keep the screws with their own knobs. If all the knobs in your house aren’t identical, you don’t want to mix up the screws; keeping track now will save you a headache later.
2) Using your fine grain sand paper, lightly sand the knobs all over. Don’t be alarmed! You will see lots of scratching on the knob, and that’s a good thing. You are sanding it down to make a more porous surface for the paint to stick to. This will make the paint last longer and not scratch off as easily.
After you’ve sanded the knob, rinse it with cold water to get the dust off, and dry it thoroughly.
3) Lay out newspaper or a dropcloth on the grass in your yard or very well-ventilated garage (if you get high on the fumes, you might be so muddled that you mess up your knobs, and we don’t want that…) Turn the carboard box upside down so the bottom creates a little table for you.
4) Using your screwdriver, punch a hole in the bottom of the cardboard box and stick the knob into the hole. This will keep the knob stationary while you spray it, and allow you to spray it from all angles without painting your own hands. Stick the screws into the box too. Only the tops of them really need to get sprayed, but I sprayed mine about halfway down the screw just to be safe. If you’re doing all your knobs the same colour, you can spray multiple at a time.
5) Give your paint a good shake and apply according to the manufacturer’s directions. Make sure you get right up on the underside of the knob, and spray from all angles. I highly recommend doing a few light coats instead of a couple of heavy ones. If you spray too much paint, the paint will drip down the side of the knob and create nasty drip marks. Be patient and do a few coats, waiting for each coat to dry thoroughly in between.
6) Leave your new door knobs to dry in a cool, dry area for at least one day before screwing them back into your doors (two days is ideal, just to be sure). I didn’t leave one of mine long enough – although it wasn’t tacky to the touch – and my screwdriver ended up nicking the paint when I was screwing the knob back in. There was lots of swearing and growling on my part. Grrrr. Don’t make the same mistake.
Et voila! You have now updated door knobs with spray paint for a fraction of the cost to replace them. #PennywiseWin
If you have any questions or run into any trouble, feel free to drop me a line or leave a message in the comments!
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