Ever since we first moved in to our 1970's fixer upper, I've wanted to replace the outdated brass doorknobs that graced every single door in the house. Upon finding that new doorknobs were around $15-$30 a piece, I decided to try spray painting them instead.
And good news....they turned out SO amazing!
So, let's get started.
First thing first, here's what the doorknobs in my bedroom looked like before I spray painted them. Just basic brassy knobs.
Here's an up close look.
And here's what the doorknobs looked like after I spray painted them.
I just loved how they turned out, and it really made such a difference in the overall feel of the room.
In fact, the doorknobs turned out so well, that I decided to use the same spray paint on the hardware on my thrift store dresser that I painted white earlier this year.
Here's a closeup.
Okay, so let's get started with a quick tutorial.
First things first, I simply removed the doorknob from the door with a screwdriver.
Then I took the doorknob outside into a well ventilated area and placed it on some cardboard. I didn't prime or sand the knobs beforehand. I've spray painted about a million things at this point, and have found that most of them time when spray painting metal items, primer is unneccessary. Spray paint is an oil based product, and it adheres really well to just about anything.
Choosing a spray paint is really one of the most important parts of this project. I've tried other version of oil rubbed bronze, and they just can't compete with this one.
My favorite is Rustoleum Universal Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. You can find it at most home improvement stores and online here (affiliate link).
I just absolutely love the way it looks. It's almost black, but has little specks of metallic in it that makes it look like a professional oil rubbed bronze finish.
I spray painted two light coats on the doorknobs, allowing each coat to dry in between for about 30 minutes. Once I was done, I brought them inside and let the paint fully cure for about 24 hours before reattaching them to the doors.
Many of you have asked since I originally wrote this post about whether or not the paint has held up, and I'm happy to report that it has held up great. I also ended up using the same spray paint on some other hardware and even a few hinges elsewhere in the house, and I've just been really pleased with the result. Plus, the great part is that it's spray paint, so if you do happen to notice any wear or tear, it's an easy fix...just remove the hardware and touch it up with some more spray paint!
And just for fun, here's a little side by side of the doors (newly painted using this tutorial) with their fresh new oil rubbed bronze doorknobs. It's quite the upgrade from when we first moved in, and all it required was paint.
For more on our bedroom, check out this post here.
That's all for today, ya'll!
Thanks so much for stopping by. I'm so glad you're here!
For more great spray painting ideas, check out my 10 spray painting tips here.
Or you can check out my 10 things you should know about spray paint here.
'Til next time!