From Brassy to Sassy - Spray Painting Door Knobs


When we first became homeowners in 2006, we moved into a brand new home.  We decided against getting satin nickel door knobs & hinges at that time because they were going to charge us too much {like $1000+}. The FIRST thing I did, however, on moving day was replace all the door handles & hinges with egg shaped satin nickel knobs.  That's when we were kid-less and could spend money on such frivolous things.  When we moved, I was sad to let me cool door knobs go.

We've been in this house for almost two years and I've had to look at the ugly, worn & fading brass door handles, and we simply don't have money to replace them.  So...what's a DIY with style gal to do?  What about SPRAY PAINT?!

I searched online and found that this has been done before {Infarrantly Creative gives an amazing tutorial so I won't repeat it here.}.  So this past weekend, I couldn't take staring at the brass any longer and went to Home Depot to buy spray paint.

I wanted my knobs in a flat black for a modern "Up-Country" look, so I chose RustOleum's Painter's Touch in Flat Black.
So I followed the tutorial on Infarrantly Creative, and here's what I came up with.

From Brassy... Sassy
 I think the key to getting the paint to stick is sanding the heck out of the handles before you apply the paint.  Then I did about 3-5 light applications of the spray paint, including touch ups.

I also realized the strike plates were brassy and scuffed up, so instead of spraypainting those, I decided to hit up Home Depot again and buy new chrome strike plates {$3.49 for two - totally worth buying new!}.
This update is EASY to do and adds tons of style to otherwise ho-hum door knobs.  I think many of us don't like our old door knobs, so why do we live with them?

Many of you are likely to ask me, "Ya, so how long do you think THAT will last?"  My answer is that it's spray paint, so it will likely have to be touched up occasionally and I don't mind that.  Door handles are easy to take off and put on again, and it won't be often. Even if it is, I will always have the satisfaction of knowing I only spent $5 on paint, not $500+ on replacing ALL my door knobs. 

Plus, the brass handles don't hold up very well over time anyway - they discolour and fade. And they're ugly. I'll take spray painted door knobs any day over the brass!


Jen April 7, 2011 at 8:20 AM  

it looks great! ;) you're awesome with all your fun diy!

Shelley April 7, 2011 at 8:46 AM  


Found your blog from Tana at Orange It Lovely, and boy am I glad I stopped by! I've been going through your posts, and loving every bit of it :D

I'm your newest follower!

Also, wanted to let you know about a giveaway I've posted on my blog. My very first, I'm ubber excited! I'd love for you to stop by!

Keep up the amazing work. Can't wait to see what you do next!


Mummy Maggie April 7, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

Thanks Jen! Thanks Shelley! I'll definitely check out your blog for the giveaway! I love giveaways :)

Mummy Maggie April 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM  

Ok...Shelley - your ruffle chevron pillow on the giveaway is AMAZING!!!!!! I'm dying!!!

Brittany April 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

Love this idea! I'm definitely doing this now that I've painted my rod iron staircase flat black. It will match perfectly!

Mummy Maggie April 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM  

Thanks Brittany! It's great easy project and will go well with your new staircase!

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