Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Spray Painted Door Knobs

 My big project this week is a copy cat of something I had pinned on Pinterest. 

I was so sick of my blingy door knobs that I was determined to spray paint them this week. I would have done it earlier, but I was in a dilemma about what to do with the downstairs knobs. Upstairs we have replaced them all with brushed nickle. The downstairs really needed oil rubbed bronze to match the front door  but I thought the whole house should be the same if we ever decide to sell. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on new knobs for the downstairs if I would have to replace them with brushed nickle later on or if oil rubbed bronze went out. I know I am late to that party.  I figured for a couple of cans of spray paint I could join in that party and it would not have to cost me a fortune to replace everything. I am irked by the whole ORB thing and I will explain that in a minute. First let me show you the photos. This took 2 days and I am exhausted. I need to go back to work so I can relax. Ha ha .
 I used Rust-oleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. This is not a hammered finish. 
I didn't prime, (I probably should have) I just did a few light coats. 
I hit these with sand paper and stain a few years ago in attempt to de-bling them. 


Here is my work station. If I had a bigger piece of cardboard I could have done more at a time. I don't know that it mattered but I was trying to put each knob back on the door I took it from in case they fit differently. 
I did not do the little latch plates. Mine were really tarnished and they look already bronze.  
Here is the view down to the guest room. 


See why they need to be ORB? The front door is very dark. Now if I can just get my oak cabinets to look like my front door.  





From the kitchen I can see five doors. 
Imagine all that bling. 
 Okay here is my pet peeve about oil rubbed bronze. The chandelier which is only a few years old is the supposedly the same finish. It looks more brown where the spray paint is more black. I love it, but I think each manufacturer has a little different interpretation of the ORB color. 
Any way...

Do you like my flowers?  Bill picked those out for me for spring break. 


Here are a couple of real thoughts. These are not perfect. One can of paint  seemed to glob more than the other, so I grabbed a third can. 
They also feel a bit gritty, kind of weird when you are used to grabbing a smooth door knob. 
I am hoping they will smooth out a bit. (They never did.)
It was messy, hard work. I lost track of time and worked so late that I missed cooking dinner.  Bill knew that a low blood sugar moment was at hand (not pretty) so he whisked me away to eat even though I was almost finished. I did all the knobs one day and the next day I went back and did the hinges.  


When I did the hinges upstairs I took each door off and removed the hinges. By the time I got to the last door... duh! I realized I could do one hinge on each door put them back and do the other. That way I was not moving doors. I recommend doing all the tops first because they are harder to put back on. Do the hardest thing first while you are fresher. :) 
Well, that is it. I am one step closer to de-blingifying my 90's home.

I am so pleased with how that came out I moved onto the powder bath and did the faucet. 
I will give an honest appraisal of that project as well. 
Katie 

(We lived with the spray painted door knobs for about a year until we replaced them.
 The spray painted knobs held up well except the trash closet which got a lot of use. The paint started chipping off.
We still have the spray painted hinges and they look fine.
I would do this project again!) 



25 comments :

  1. What a project.But I love how they all turned out.

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    1. Thank you. It was a project, but I would do it again. It looks so much better. Thank you for stopping by to check it out.
      Katie

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  2. What a great job you did Katie. Makes a huge difference. Thanks so much for sharing with the copy cat party.

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    1. Thank you. I just realized I never responded to your comment. I appreciate you and all you do for us Newbies! :)

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  3. Looks good. Love your front door. Beautiful

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    1. Oh thank you. Our old door was leaking air like crazy. We love this one.
      Thank you for stopping by. I stopped by your place too. So cute!

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  4. Hi. I am visting from Savvy Southern Style.

    I am VERY interested in this project, thanks so much for posting it. I purchased some "hammered oiled bronze" or something like spray paint about 6 weeks ago to redo the pulls on my kitchen cabinets and possibly the bright still in very good shape 21 year old brass bath towel holders in my upstairs bath. I am wondering -- did you do any special prep before you painted? Your work space looks very small - did you have any problems with spray-over, especially working outside???

    I'm tired tonight so I apologize if you posted your details and I just missed them while I was absorbed looking at your beautiful photographs. I love how your painted hardware looks! That is exactly the kind of look I will be aiming for when I work up the nerve to spray paint my hardware.

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    1. I did not prime. I just did a couple of coats on each knob.
      To be honest I never read the original pin until after I did the project. My paint was Rust-oleum Metallic not hammered. I wished I had a bigger piece of cardboard to work on. I did have a little spray over but it came right off. A big appliance box would have been perfect. I used about 1 1/2 cans for 10 doors, knobs and hinges. Hope that helps. :) Thanks for stopping by.
      Katie

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  5. Well...I have been thinking about doing the same thing around here too! You just may have talked me into it! I like it so much better than the brass!
    Sharon

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    1. I love it. I told my husband tonight that it is so wonderful not to have that bling anymore. I never, never really liked it and lived with it for 19 years. Too long. :) Thanks for stopping by.
      Katie

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  6. A can (or three) of spray paint and two days of elbow grease.... paid off big time! Looks wonderful! For the record I like you light fixture too! You have a beautiful house!
    dee dee

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    1. Thank you dee dee! I love it and feel it was totally worth it.
      Katie

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  7. They turned out great~ Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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    1. Thank you Courtney. I appreciate your Feathered Nest Fridays. I love all the great ideas and your house is gorgeous!

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  8. love this idea! just curious .... how is the finish holding up? I've tried to do this several times, with different spray products, but each time the paint scratches off easily.

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    1. Julie. The finish is holding up great. Not so much on the faucet, but even that was just a fleck or two. I love it and I am so glad I took the time to do it.

      Sorry it took so long to respond. For some reason I didn't see the last few comments.

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  9. Wow! No one would know you painted them! Great job! I just let a message about switchplates. I love the ORB as knobs, but unsure about using it everywhere.

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    1. I love it. I have done some light fixtures too. It really updates stuff.

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  10. This is a great blog! You do such wonderful projects!

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I hope you can get ideas for your new house!

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  11. I have been thinking about doing this and came across your blog. Looks great. Care to share how the knobs have held up 7+ months later?

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    1. The only knob that didn't hold up was the trash closet. I guess it got cleaning solvents on it at times and it is used a lot. I was going to replace that knob with a new one or respray it.
      The others look great.

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  12. I have been wanting to spray all my brass door knobs, but what a job that would be with hinges and all. Love how yours looks, sure made a bid difference. Maybe someday, I will do ours. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures

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  14. Thank you so much for this post! Now I can spray paint my door knobs instead of replacing all of them.

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