November 14, 2012

Painting Brass and Taking Names!

**UPDATE 5/3/2015** 2.5 years later...they are still holding up well with all the wear and tear we put on these handles. No chips!!

So this new house I bought...there was a ton of brass EVERYWHERE. I was now faced with dated brass on the doors, bathroom faucets, toilet paper holder, towel rods, and shower enclosure! Problem was is that I didn't want to get rid of them and replace them all. I couldn't afford it. So I tried spray paining the door hardware. Boy does it look good! And cheap! And durable!

So instead of this:

I went to this:

I am also terrible at taking pictures to document. Hopefully I can get better. No my hinge did not magically turn into a knob.

We changed them to oil rubbed bronze. A dark oil rubbed bronze.
Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint, Oil-Rubbed Bronze

This costs 6-8 bucks depending on where you go. Let me break down the savings I got while being all DYI...

11 doors. Cost of cleansing the brass buying new: $550
11 doors cost of using spray paint: $15
Difference: $535 (I can buy myself a nice drink and much more with that!)

Yeah for that amount of money and for the ease. Totally worth it.

I took everything off the doors (or rather had Kevin take everything off)

Then I got gloves and used steel wool to scuff up the hardware. Just for a bit, you don't have to go at it for very long or super hard ;-)

Then rinse it off with soapy water and dry them.
Lay them out to paint.

Don't forget the nails!

Then place them over plastic and spray paint!

After a 6-8 hour drying time, they are ready to go back up on the doors.

During this process Kevin let me use a power tool. We were all very scared, but somehow everyone kept their fingers and nothing was ruined!
Thank the Lord!

Try it! You won't be sorry!


  1. Looks awesome!!!! Great tips, I've always wondered if these spray paint tricks really worked. Talk about an upgrade!

  2. this looks awesome! I want to show this to my parents, we have brass through out my home and it looks so dated!

  3. Great idea! I may try this for some of our out-dated bronze looks in our house!

  4. Super easy and very modern looking now. Nice job.

  5. Lauren!! YOU ARE A GENIUS! I live in a rental house right now but EVERYTHING is this horrid brass like you had. I'm going to have to go through and spray paint everything now. Hope the land lady doesn't mind!

    1. Why would she? It looks SO much better and is super durable! haha! Just fyi if you have a push in lock instead of one that twists, the paint can make the push lock stick which could get you in trouble. :-)

  6. Looks great! I love me some brass, but not that cheapy shiny kind! Your hardware looks so much more expensive now!

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  7. LOVE THIS! I love me some ORB spraypaint!!

  8. I am glad you have all your gingers!! How did you remember which nail went where??

  9. Eww, i hate brass! No offense to anyone who loves/likes it, it's just not for me. I like your new color 1000% better. Congratulations on the new house. I'm stopping by from the blog hop. I hope you've had a great Wednesday.


  10. I need to do this...but I'm stalling BIG TIME! I am a new follower from the blog hop. :)


  11. Ooohh it looks so pretty and new! I love ORB. Can't wait to see more updates!

  12. Look at'll have your own DIY channel soon xx

  13. Your blog title had me so intrigued. I would have never thought to spray paint the hinges and knobs. What a great cheap alternative. Have to keep this in mind for the future

  14. I love this DIY! It looks wonderful! I had no idea that spray paint could really make them look better than new. I'm super impressed!

  15. Love this, girl! I feel like with a good can of spray paint I can conquer the world sometimes! ;) great work!

  16. WOW what a difference. I think it came out great. It looks so nice I wouldn't have know you painted it.

  17. Looks good!! I will have to remember how easy this is. I'm not allowed to use power tools, ha...

  18. wow - that looks like a ton of work...a ton of work that will be paying off! woot woot! oh yeah, it's nice you don't have a kiddo right now while doing this - I've learned that moving with a baby is HARD...

  19. What a difference!! Love the new color! Found you through Sippy Cups and Pearls :)

  20. I'm a new follower! Yay! Happy to be here. :-)

    Wow! What a difference is right! I love the new look! I also love the post title... You crack me up girl. ;-)

    Excited to follow along with you now! XO!

  21. I love this! Makes me want to do this in my house!


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