And when trim in the hallways goes from cream to white, the doors have to too. And while the doors are getting painted with the same technique as I used for our front door, I am taking advantage and painting that hardware! Just grab a screwdriver and remove all screws, taking note of how it is put together. I have a technique when it comes to spray painting my knobs. I used my favorite Oil-Rubbed Bronze spray paint by Rustoleum.
Don’t forget to put your screws in there too so that you don’t have weird brassy screws in your pretty new doorknobs. It is better to have a nice smooth finish after 3 thin coats than to save time and have a globby mess with 1 thick coat. Plus, thin coats ensure that you won’t jam up the locking mechanisms with too much paint.
I finally got around to fixing her up with a new outfit. I ran the glass parts through the dishwasher and wiped down the rest to make sure it was dust free. I laid the rings on some newspaper, but found that it stuck and left little pieces, so I moved to the garden ornament/paint can drying method. I hung the actual fixture from a tree in my backyard and coated it with a coat of primer and two coats of black.
I promise I’m starting to get back into the swing of things! Let me just say that I’m pretty sure there is 15 miles of trim in this house. The kind of TLC where you scrub and scratch and grumble until you think you will rub your reflection right off. So me and my DIY bestie got to work updating old brass doorknobs into a thing of beauty. Some people are talented enough to tape it off and just spray paint while it is on the door. Since my hardware was so filthy and paint spattered, I had to scrub away Now here is where I differ from some people. It is the same technique I used when I updated our front door hardware and so far it has held up great! If you don’t like paint all over your hand, wear a glove.
But most of the things are things you guys wouldn’t be interested in. And not the TLC where you are nice and kind and give them a little wipe and an encouraging word. A super knicked and scratched cream door with brassy knobs . So I’ve been taking doors off hinges and praying that no one stops by and has to use the bathroom since there is a minor privacy issue now… Your first step to update your knobs is to remove them from your door. Don’t forget to remove the strike plate and face plate too. I didn’t want to waste my time sanding them if I might not have to. Once your coats have dried, you will have to paint the bottom of the knob. You can’t really balance the knob on its top so you have to hold it.
I don't know what was up with people in the late 80s and early 90s, but they sure did love brass. )So, here is a quick run down of everything I have de-brassed thus far.
Maybe it was a Midas complex and it reminded them of gold, but heavens knows the trend did NOT stand the test of time. Since my house was built in 1988 it has it's fair share of brass. There are a couple of options for dealing with brass fixtures and hardware:1)Remove2)Replace3)Repaint4)Cover up In my house I am doing all four..
Next up on the list of things to paint is all the interior door knobs (since at 20$ a set, it would be in excess of 00 to replace ever single interior and exterior door and closet knob in the house.) Also, as mentioned previously, I am also using the same technique to give myself brushed nickel hardware on my cabinets when they get repainted.
Option 4: Cover Up So after all that, what brass is left in my bathroom? I am not going to paint it (although I could) but instead I am going to use some crown molding and frame out the mirror to make it look less like a sheet of plate glass.
This is a great example of an inexpensive way to spruce up your home one step at a time!
Next time, try your gold kitchen knobs, or that brass lamp in the corner. You may also want to try this simple DIY Lampshade Revamp with Spray Paint Or make this DIY Cake Stand/Jewelry Catch All I’m Amber Anderson, I am a pastors wife, mom of 2 lovely boys, and an avid DIY’er.
Lucky for me, I chose to use black paint so these scratches and dings were easily touched up with a sharpie. 😉 My hubs suggested black finger nail polish which is a great idea had I been goth and kept black fingernail polish on hand at all times.
I will be picking some up when it rolls out for Halloween just for times like these.
I am lazy and did not care if I obliterated this ugly piece so I just waited until it looked and felt dry to add more coats and it did start to crackle a little in a few places (Mostly on the circle that attaches to the ceiling). Put the rings back on the nice clean glass and once again start the requests to hang it.