Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Boring to better doorknobs

Have you priced doorknobs lately?  Have you counted how many are in your house?

We had "Las Vegas" gold doorknobs in our house when we moved in 9 years ago... I replaced the front half of the house with pewter.  Our bedroom is off by itself and I never got around to that part of the house.  So yesterday, I was stuck at home.  Hubbies car in the shop, so he took mine.

Had all the supplies and now had the time..
Here is the WOW..


Here is the HOW....

Remove knobs


Fresh coat of paint on doors, Sherwin Williams, Satin Nomadic Desert


I went with a grey primer and oil rubbed bronze finish


Yep, sprayed the tiny screws too!


Very strong odor from the oil rubbed bronze, best to do this part outside or at least in your garage.


Tadaa!!!  Loving this easy fast project, maybe took two hours total.  You are supposed to wait overnight to let the oil rubbed bronze dry, but I couldn't wait. Tip:  if you do scratch paint while re-attaching, a black sharpie marker covers it right up.  Yes, I speak from experience.  



Three more doors to go!  Don't you love it?  Best part hubbie was amazed!

I think I spent $12.00 and will be able to do 5 sets of knobs and my sink cabinet knobs as well.

UPDATE - 2013
Still wearing well.  The most used door knob leading into the bedroom has chipped.  Most scratches you can cover with a sharpie marker.


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41 comments:

  1. Lori, those look great. Love your new door color, too. I have several paint projects to start once I get all the Christmas cleaned up and the house clean. I can't believe you know how to install a door knob. I let the man do that.

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  2. They look fantastic!! I have the lovely gold in my house too and have been wanting to change them. This is a great idea!

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  3. Wow, I have those SAME EXACT doorknobs in my house.... And counted them a while back and changed my mind about changing them out.... They look amazing! May I ask what color your door hinges are? When we built, my dad painted my hinges when he painted my doors and I've been wanting to change them as well. Looked at them yesterday at Lowe's.... They sell oil rubbed bronze hinges as well. Great transformation, Lori!

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  4. Hi Terry,

    Hinges and trim around door painted the same color as the door. I have seen custom homes with the trim painted a shade to match the walls. I will be painting the bedroom walls the same color but in a flat finish. We will have no glaring white doors or trim in the master or master bath.

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  5. Lori, when you attempt to reply on my blog, do you get an error notice? I went to settings a while back when you told me about the no-reply setting and couldn't find anything that was set wrong... And others are replying but not nearly in the numbers they used to....

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  6. I sooo need to do this, Lori. Guess I better get on it!

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  7. Well, that's cool! So you just painted the hinges with the door paint? I've been putting off doing something like this because I didn't want to take the hinges off and paint them with the doorknobs.
    They look great!

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  8. Wow how clever are you!! I had never thought about that one before. Hope you had a good birthday Lori...your friend Kathy

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  9. Boy that looks awesome Lori! They look very sharp and very expensive too. Good thinking girl. Happy New Year!

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  10. Way to go, Lori. It looks great! Happy New Year! La

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  11. Lori, what an amazing difference that made but the best part I bet was seeing your husband's expression when he realized you did all that while he was out -Good for you --You had me chuckling at "Las Vegas Gold" that is what we have and I never heard that term :-) But I betcha in the first part of January maybe the next couple days it will be Hasta La Vista baby to vegas gold !

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  12. May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
    Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

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  13. I love this and it is on my to-do list for 2011! Thanks for sharing!
    Lacy

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  14. I tried to post a comment and I don't think it worked ~ please delete this one if you get 2 from me:-)
    Just wanted to tell you the knobs look fantastic, and I am forwarding this to my daughter who has her very own Las Vegas gold knobs!
    Wish I had seen this 2 years ago before we replaced all of ours!!
    Happy New Year!
    Sue

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  15. Since this seems to be a really good way to get new knobs and pulls, this goes on my list of things to do. I'm your latest follower!

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  16. HI Lori-

    Your doorknobs now look like they came right from the Restoration Hardware catalog. I wish I could fo this to my gold faucets!!!
    My best- Diane

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  17. Oh, I love your new doorknobs! We've actually been buying the black ones as replacements. I'd never thought of spray painting them! :) I wish I'd had seen this earlier - you would have saved me money! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. These look awesome! I've been repainting things in my house recently with the oil-rubbed bronze too!

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  19. I am so glad to see this done. I recently painted a metal towel bar and toilet paper holder and was wondering about door knobs. I am glad to see I'm not the only person crazy enough to do that, not that you're crazy. Oh dear. I'd better stop talking. ;) Lisa~

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  20. After you emailed me I stopped by for a better look at your past projects. I love the post about the teacups!

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  21. That looks so great Lori! I would love to get around to doing that in my house too someday...sigh...someday! :-) The color is gorgeous and they look like you went out and spent a ton on them. Great job!
    Vanessa

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  22. These look GREAT - I built a house this year and I debated and debated on knobs - I actually did an entire post on doors when I first started blogging - LOL. We ended up with ORB with a backplate - I LOVE THEM :) I wish mine had only been $12 - LOL!

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  23. Fantastic. I never thought to spray paint my Las Vegas gold knobs. Clever.

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  24. Great idea! Nice on the budget, too. They look great! Bye Bye gold!

    Happy New Year!

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  25. Wow! They came out beautiful and loving the great price!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday~ Happy New Year! :)

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  26. Hi Lori! Just coming back over to say thank you for linking your fabulous doorknob transformation up to my party this weekend! Hope you are having a wonderful New Year's Day!
    Vanessa

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  27. What great change! I have the brushed nickel knobs, and yes, they are $30 a door times 10 doors...UGH! But, in the end, I think a nice door knob is the way to go...

    Love the color you chose...Very elegant...

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  28. Hi, I found your blog at My Romatic Home. I love your door knob make over, and I love the price too! I would like to invite you to post this over at my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at my blog, Boogieboard Cottage. The link is already up. I hope you can join the party!

    Happy New Year,
    Mary

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  29. Hi Lori,
    Your doorknobs look awesome. O habe the same knobs. I've thought of paintint them but I wasn't sure how they'd hold up. Worth giving a try; they look fabulous. My project today is the spray two brass hall fixtures that have been bugging me foreva!-K

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  30. I so need to do this at my house. I wonder how well they will hold up. But then, I have a black sharpie, so I may give it a go.

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  31. Thank you for participating in the very first Masterpiece Monday! I hope you'll come back again, it was fun having you share! Take care, Mary

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  32. Lori,visiting form the party. Yup I did all mine last year... That was a job all it's own. but so happy with how they turned out. Great job..way better than BRASS....

    Pattie

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  33. sooooo much better!!! love the color!

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  34. This is soo, sooo tempting! Now, the question is... do I talk my husband into helping me or just do it when he isn't looking?? :)

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  35. Totally adding this to my Summer Do list...or should I add this to my Honey Do list...hmmmm. This was absolutely awesome.

    Paula

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  36. Lori, I just saw this post! Where have you been all my life? I have some door levers that we have been talking about replacing. Guess what I'll be doing this week? Thanks for sharing this!

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  37. Do the door locks or the hinges get stuck by the paint? I have these same door knobs, but on the other side is the locking mechanism. I am just worried the paint will gunk up the lock????

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    1. I'm trying out the new reply feature with blogger. See my response to Lori below.

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  38. Comment reply to Lori above. First, do you know you have no comment reply on your emails from comments? Easy fix under profile update. No gunking involved. The paint spray on very thin. I have some locking ones too, not a problem. Try and put knobs in a box to spray outside, quite messy. Make sure you just use light coats of paint. Mine have held up fabulously. I had one chip on our most used bathroom door. Tiny spec. I plan to wrap a plastic bag around it and then give it a quick, light spray. Lori

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