A few weeks ago, we spray painted our tarnished door handle on the front door. We loved it so much, we decided to spray paint door knobs all over our house! Say bye-bye to your brass knobs with this cheap and simple project.
We only have nine doors in our house, so this wasn’t too bad. Keep track of the screws – you have to paint those too.
We used super fine steel wool to buff the brass, them cleaned it up with liquid deglosser. See the difference? The scuffs help spray paint adhere to a slick surface.
3. Spray Paint Door Knobs
I painted the knobs with my favorite oil rubbed bronze spray paint, by Rustoleum (it’s primer + paint!). It took about three coats, with drying time in between. The knobs had to be rotated to get the undersides and such. As for the screws, I set them upright by sticking them in a piece of packaging foam.
Spray Paint Tips: Always apply coats lightly and evenly. Don’t get the can closer than 12 inches to what you’re spraying. You want layers of a fine mist, not globs that drip.
4. Let Cure and Install
We let the paint cure for a day before reinstalling (except for the outside door because, well, we had to lock the door overnight, haha). Letting the solvents evaporate allows the paint to really harden.
Update: If we had to do it over, we’d spend ~$2 a pop to replace the plates in the door frame. They’re scratched from the latches! The door knobs, a year later, are in tip-top shape. Check it out!