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Starting a new year off with updates around the house can be a great way to increase your property value and improve your property’s appearance. And when you want to invest more sweat equity than cold, hard cash, updating your interior door hardware is a great way to stretch your dollars to the max and flex your DIY muscles at the same time!
And because you have to open each one of those doors you’ve kept closed over the last year, who knows what other improvements and repairs this project will lead to (yes, ‘unfinished craft project that was shoved into the upstairs storage closet at the halfway point’ – you know who you are).
Set aside a free weekend and grab a few basic tools because dressed up doors with stylish ‘new-to-you’ knobs and hardware are within your reach!
Preps & Steps
For this particular project, the outdated brass door components were updated using Rust-Oleum’s Universal Paint & Primer in One – Metallic Spray Paint in Satin Nickel finish.
In addition to the spray paint in the finish of your choice, you’ll need:
Fine grit sandpaper (like 220 or 320)
Power Drill or Screwdriver
Use the drill or screwdriver to remove the components of your doors: This includes the knobs (both sides, where applicable), the strike plates and the hinges.
Tip: Work in a manner that allows you to keep entire sets for individual doors together because knowing which set goes with which door will make the reattachment process much quicker. For example, place all door hardware in a large re-sealable bag, and label the bag for that specific room.
Lightly sand all surfaces for maximum paint adhesion. Vacuum to ensure there are no bits of old paint or dust remaining before you proceed with the painting.
Always use paint in a well-ventilated area and avoid doing this project in direct sunlight.
Tip: By placing your items on a large box (turn a cardboard box upside down and use the bottom of the box as your surface), you can easily move your project from place to place as needed. For example, you can carry them outside to spray and then back inside to dry.
Make sure to shake the can vigorously to get all of the pigments properly mixed together. Keeping the can upright and at a distance of approximately 8-10 inches from the surface of the knobs, spray the hardware using slow, even movements until you have achieved a light coat on all exposed surfaces from your current angle.
Tip: Don’t worry if you’ve missed some spots: You’ll rotate the hardware after the paint has dried for about 30 minutes to get the spots you couldn’t reach. This will also prevent the paint from drying completely and effectively rooting the knobs into place.
Err on the side of lighter coats and make multiple passes rather than heavily spraying to try to eliminate second or third coats of paint.
You can always add more paint (but you can’t take any away without starting all over again) and by keeping the coats light, you prevent runs and drips from ruining your paint job, as well.
Tip: Keep in mind that you will not have use of the doors during this updating project process so it may be best to keep one bathroom door intact and rotate it out after you have a set of completed hardware replacements at the ready!
Also, even though the surfaces may be dry to the touch, if you have older doors or door frames or another situation which would make reattachment difficult, it may be best to allow the paint to dry overnight and wear thin gloves when handling the hardware to prevent transferring fingerprints or leaving smudges.
Chris Long has been a Home Depot store associate in the Chicago suburbs since 2000. He writes for the Home Depot website on interior DIY home design, including doors, windows and flooring.