Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Getting the Details Right or The Story of the Outdated Doorknobs

After living in your home for a while, your eye passes right over things you might pick out when looking at a home to buy. One of those little details is the doorknobs. Recently, we changed out our back door and we picked new hardware to go with it. We chose a beautiful oil rubbed bronze. Suddenly all the shiny brass hardware in the great room jumped out at me as outdated. In redoing our bathroom, we changed to all oil rubbed bronze fixtures and the doorknobs jumped out at me again! The idea of purchasing all new knobs wasn't one I relished. The doorknobs weren't broken, so they weren't a priority. I was lamenting over this fact to my practical friend and she mentioned to me that she spray painted all her knobs and bathroom fixtures with marvelous results. Duh! What a great solution!

Rust-oleum Universal Oil Rubbed Bronze
 The next weekend I tackled the project and I'm happy to report that they turned out better than I expected! I removed the doorknobs, scuffed up the shiny finish with sandpaper, cleaned them off and then painted away. I did 3 light coats. Don't forget the screws. Just poke them into something like styrofoam so only the tops show. I also did the plates that screw into the door frame and door. While the hardware was off, I gave the doors a new coat of paint. It looks so fresh and new! I am pleased with the results and my friend assures me they have held up well to handling in her home. 

I used Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze. Do this outside if you can because the fumes are awful. Every time I used the spray, I got a raging headache even though I was outside. I would suggest spraying and then moving quickly away to limit your exposure to the fumes. My son informs me that I have 30 more doorknobs to go. Guess what I'm doing for Spring Break! Yup! Happy updating ya'll!

Before

scuff up the shiny finish with sandpaper


The finished product!


4 comments:

southerninspiration said...

Great job! I did this with my cabinet knobs in the kitchen, and now I know I should have scuffed them up....they are starting to wear off just the tiniest bit. Those look GREAT!
Suzanne

EuroMom said...

Excellent...I want new knobs but this might be just the ticket.....

If you get bored, Elizabeth....you know where to come!

Frazzled Mom said...

Right Euro... you have met me right?! LOL!

Frazzled Mom said...

See what you started Melissa!

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