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Front Door Upgrade for $7

  • October 28, 2014
  • By Sabine
Front Door Upgrade for $7

Eight months ago, I experimented with my door knobs. I took a can of spray paint and painted all 12 door knobs in the house except for the front door. At that time I had no idea if and how long the paint would stick to the hardware. But since my budget was tiny I had to get creative or live with the rusty and neglected brass knobs.

I took this picture yesterday. It’s my closet door knob and I touch it every day. The spray paint has held up really well.

Yesterday, I finally tackled the front door knob and hinges. 

I stripped the hardware off in just seconds. A regular old Phillips screwdriver will do it.

So after some decent amount of online research I learned that the most recommended method for painting hardware was:

  • Sand as much as you can with high grit (200+) sandpaper to rough it up
  • Apply two or three thin and even coats of high quality spray primer and paint

I used Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Paint and Primer in One in Oil-Rubbed Bronze( retails for about $6.50). I am obsessed with this spray paint and have done other upgrades with it ( exterior light fixture, mailbox).So I trusted my spray paint to lead the way and just applied three thin and even coats to all of my hardware I placed on a cardboard box so I could pierce the parts and have them stand up. If you apply thin and even coats they won’t be messy and thick, and they’ll cure very strongly, which will greatly reduce any issues with things like flaking or peeling down the line.

About an hour later (I probably waited 20 minutes between each of my coats, just to be sure it was nice and cured before piling more on) I was left with these guys:

I probably waited six full hours after my last coat of spray paint before reinstalling the hardware. Just to give them a lot of time to fully cure and ensure that I wouldn’t scratch something while putting them back on the door. I have to say I was a little nervous about reinstalling ( after all I wanted to be able to lock my front door) , but it went really smoothly and everything works just as well as it used to and nothing was scratched.


About the hinges; I didn’t remove them. The door was too heavy for me to hold and install the hinges at the same time. I used lots of masking tape and pieces of cardboard to prevent  spray paint from getting on the door. Not the most ideal solution, but you work with what you got.

This project didn’t cost me anything since I used leftover spray paint and sand paper. I did some research and learned that a new bronze front door knob, a dead bolt and three hinges cost  $70+. Not a bad upgrade for zero $$$.

I still want to paint the front door but haven’t decided on the color yet. I really like this: red brick, black shutters, blue door.

Source: Pinterest

 I’d love to know, what are your thoughts on this door color?

By Sabine, October 28, 2014
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  • Susie
    October 28, 2014

    beautiful turquoise door, I love it! also, thanks for the tute on spray painting door fixtures, came in handy as I was just pouting about my door hardware! lol thanks!

  • Patricia
    April 2, 2015

    I love this idea, I absolutely dislike anything brassy and we have quite a few bright brassy accessories like door knobs and toilet roll holder in brass. I will definitely try this idea and love the dark color. It will definitely give everything a nice ‘pop’. I love your blog. Your are so inspiring.

    • sabines
      April 2, 2015

      Thanks, Patricia. It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do. Thanks for stopping by.

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