The move to my parent’s home has been pretty exciting! As much as I love building a new home, updating homes are my favorite! I wanted to start by upgrading my parent’s brass door knobs and hinges to oil rubbed bronze. I thought this would give my parents home a warmer feel, and let’s be honest, brass is dated:
Scary right? Being the wonderful child that I am, I decided these had to go. I tried many ways to make these oil rubbed bronze and believe I found the best was to update old brass knobs and hardware. Let me go through the options you can choose from first:
Option 1: Buy new hardware.
– I started this, and after the fourth $15 knob, we decided this idea was not in our budget.
Option 2: Paint with brush.
– I used Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze . I thought this was a great idea because I did not want to remove the hinges.
1. If you are messy like me, tape around your hinges. If you start taping on the exterior side first, you waste tape and it is harder to open when you are taping the inside. So start with this first:
– It turned out horrible. Maybe I should have primed better. It was streaky , hard to remove, and messy.
See how thick yet thin this paint is? It is oil paint so you will need mineral spirit to wash out your paint brush or just throw it away like I did. There was also a sad death of painter’s tape left from trying this method.
A bit dramatic I know, but I definitely did not like this method. I all the painted pieces off and tried option 3 instead.
Option 3: Spray Paint brass knobs, hinges, and hardware with Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze .
– Also an option : use Rust-Oleum Spray Touch Primer . I did have with the primer and half without. It seems like the one with the primer is holding up a little better.
NOTE: These are handles I primed. Yes, I went crazy and started spray painting everything!
For Hinges and doorknobs:
1. Unscrew hinges starting at the bottom of door. Unscrew door knobs.
2. Clean with acetone or paint thinner.
3. Use a cardboard box or something similar (I used the lid) to stick nails and accessories upright.
4. Spray Your Primer first or start spraying a light coat with Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray .
5. Attach screw back on hinges starting with door first. Another tip is after attaching to door and while re-attaching to trim, screw in one hole in each section first. This way, you do not need anyone to hold the door for you.
* I always buy wide painter’s tape for any painting project.
* Make sure wet paint is not on the box or the hardware will stick and the paint will come right off.
* Make sure to let your hardware sit at least 24 Hours before re-attaching.
* Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch was excellent for touching up paint.
* I am so in love with Dewalt cordless screwdriver with magnetic tip! It is seriously my new best friend!
* Make sure you paint front AND back of hardware .
Here are the results :
I love oil rubbed bronze for any home! It really adds warmth and doesn’t show dirt which is a plus for clumsy people like me. I did have some nicks from not waiting long enough for my paint to dry so please wait 24 hours. Don’t be impatient like me! It has been two weeks so far and no signs of wear yet. I think the primer definitely helps. Total cost for this project was around $30. I used one can of primer ($5) and 3 cans ($6 each) of paint on 21 hinges and 7 knobs so far. Considering I had spent $30 on only 2 door knobs and 0 hinges a month ago, I would say I came out pretty well! I also used some of the last can for a light fixture and cabinet pulls. Pretty soon my parent’s whole house will be bronze.