Thrifty doorknob transformation: From old gold to modern bronze
Earlier this week, I shared with you my thrifty door transformation. My faux wood door turned out so well that I just couldn’t bear to put back the old, scratched-up gold hardware. But I also couldn’t bear to shell out the bucks for a new lock set.
So I headed downstairs to my newly organized paint shelf and grabbed a can of my favorite spray primer and a can of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.
How to paint door hardware
I started by cleaning the hardware really well and roughing up the finish with steel wool to help the paint grip to the metal. Then I set up a makeshift spray paint area.
Cardboard boxes work great for propping up pieces to paint!
I gave the knobs and deadbolt a good once over with black Rust-Oleum® primer. This is my favorite primer because it’s (almost) fool proof.
Tip: When spray painting, patience is key! Use quick, light passes and keep the can at least 5-10 inches from your piece. Think two light coats rather than one heavy coat. I have gotten impatient with spray paint in the past and it always leads to more work in the end.
After the primer dried, I gave the hardware two light coats 😉 of Rust-Oleum Universal® Metallic Spray Paint in Oil-Rubbed Bronze. You can pick this stuff up at your nearest home improvement store.
I waited for everything to dry really well, which is the hardest part for me. Then I reinstalled the hardware on the door. Done!
I’ve now got a “new,” rich-looking lock set that only required stuff I already had on hand in my basement. I love it when that happens. 🙂
One word of caution: I like to let painted metal “cure” for about a week before I start handling it too much. It helps ensure a good bond and a durable finish. Fortunately, our side door rarely gets used, so this was not an issue for us.
What do you think of my “new” door hardware?