Monday, February 11, 2013

Hate...spray...love!

When we moved into our house 7 years ago I loved almost everything about it but I hated the brass doorknobs on the french doors leading into our living room and our bedroom hallway.  I don't know what it is about brass but I just don't like it.  I wanted to change them out but to be honest, with a toddler, a baby on the way and then the busy life that ensued, I just never got around to it.  Not to mention, there always seemed to be something else to spend the money on.


 

Then, last spring I was in the hardware store when I saw this can of Rust-oleum Metallic oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  All the other metal accents in these rooms are brushed bronze.


The handles themselves are good quality and in fine shape so I decided it was worth a try. 


Oops - forgot a before shot.
Because I hated them they were never featured in photos so this is the best I could do. Sorry!


I removed all of the handles from the doors and used an egg carton to support them for spraying.  I took them outside, put a sheet down to protect the lawn then went to it. 




The spray was very easy to use and produced a really even coat.  I had 3 sets of handles altogether.  I gave each handle two coats of the spray and had lots left for other projects.    After drying overnight I put them back on the doors.  They looked great.



I have now had them on the doors for about 10 months.  There is absolutely no wear and tear, they are holding up beautifully.  The can cost me about $9 with tax.  I'd say that was a pretty creative idea done on a dime.   

10 comments :

  1. I have been wanting to respray all the door handles with Rustoleum forever but haven't had the chance.

    I might just have to do this one day when I have some free time. I'm not liking the brass doorknobs we have in our home. Some of them look REALLY worn out.

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    1. It really is amazing how much of a transformation it is. I love that because it is an oil rubbed bronze colour it isn't flat or harsh. They look way more expensive.

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  2. That's awesome! When I'm looking at homes, I'll definitely remember that trick.

    Such a great price for an amazing difference!

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  3. I keep wanting to try this ! I was afraid the paint may affect how the knob turns or if it will still lock properly etc ...have you came across that ?

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    1. I have not had any trouble with the knobs turning. The spray really just gives a thin coating, it isn't thick like it would be with a brush and paint. I am still very happy with the results and it has been about 2 years since I sprayed them.

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  4. Any sanding or prepping before painting??

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  5. No, I didn't sand or do anything to prep them before spraying. It was so easy.

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  6. Did it interfere with the lock/keyhole at all?

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    1. We don't have locks on these doors but the spray is so thin that I don't think it would be a problem.

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  7. I did this to three ceiling fixtures on the long hall ceiling. The frosted glass was in perfect shape and I didn't mind the look of the fixtures themselves but the rim was shiny brass. I took them down and sprayed with the bronze paint you used (I even washed the globes) and sprayed on two coats. Of course these won't show wear but at least they don't glare with that awful shiny brass color!!! Next, all the door handles in my house, they are like the ones you have. They are on every interior door. What to do about hinges????? Brass knobs even in the kitchen and lots of them! I wanted to replace them but it would be way too expensive so I painted them black, all with one can of spray paint!!! I was really proud of that savings.

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