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Bye Bye, Brass

July 6, 2009

Do you have outdated doorknobs? I know we sure do. Our house is equipped with brass doorknobs throughout. We had looked at doorknobs at Home Depot and Lowe’s, but the ones we liked were certainly not in our budget (dare I admit that the ones I want cost $63.98 per set?!). Not to mention there are so many more projects that rank higher on our  financial to-do list.

Well, I stumbled upon the metallic spray paints during my last trip to Home Depot. I had thought of it before but worried about how they would turn out. At just over $3.00 per can, I thought “what do I have to lose?” I decided to try it out on one door knob and if it look horrendous, we could just replace the knob.

I decided to pick up the brushed nickel. They had a lot of options at Home Depot and they seem to have a lot more at Krylon.

I looked up a little information about spray painting doorknobs. They suggested affixing the knobs and accessories to a piece of cardboard like so:


I ended up not liking this method much. The idea was that you could turn the knobs with the screw portion of the knob without getting fingerprints. This method made the knobs tilt, which left globs of paint on one side. My research also suggested a coat of primer and two to three thin coats of paint. This was a total disaster. Very globby.

What would I suggest? I held the knob by the screw section with a paper towel. My hands were too messy to take a picture, but I tried to cover my hand with the paper towel (like a flower around the doorknob). One regular coat was perfect. In order to prevent globbing, I just held the knob for about 2 minutes until it was dry enough to set down. I put it in my metal mesh chairs so it could sit straight up.

The final result would score an 8 out of 10 on my scale. Because I chose the brushed nickel, it lacks a little shine in my book. Other than that, I think they turned out really great. I might try the chrome or aluminum for a little added shine. The doorknob is definitely an improvement.

The Brassy Befores:


And now for the much improved after:


Bottom Line: Because you can probably get around 5 doorknobs redone with one $3.00 can of paint, this is definitely a bargain for new doorknobs. The look is certainly improved, though not perfect. I want to try a shinier color to see if it looks like more legitimate metal. I would rather do this project on the cheap than spend a good deal of money on so-so doorknobs.

What do you think? Would you try this in your house?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Jann Roeder permalink
    July 7, 2009 4:10 pm


    How many doors did you do this to?? This looks really good. Michelle Wehrheim and Linda Romarion think you should send a link to this website to Martha Stewart. What do you think??

  2. Briana permalink*
    July 7, 2009 4:32 pm

    So far, I have done only 1 door knob. I wanted to see how it held up with some use before I painted any more and it has been pretty rainy since then. Haha– you can send it to Martha Stewart if you want, but I’m sure she gets a lot!

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