How do I paint drawer and cabinet pulls?


I currently have large silver pulls that I’d like to paint gold.

  10 answers
  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jan 16, 2020

    Remove the pulls from the drawers and cabinets, wash them in warm water and a mild detergent and let them dry thoroughly. Set . them outdoors on newspaper or some other cardboard or paper and spray them with gold spray paint. Let the paint dry completely, and then add another coat of the paint. Turn them over and repeat the process. Seal them with a clear spray sealer and you will be ready to put them back on your cabinets. Spray paints can give you a great metallic finish.

    • See 1 previous
    • Sap48512904 Sap48512904 on Mar 26, 2020

      Take the pulls off doors and drawers.

      Clean properly and allow to dry completely. Outside is best if you can.

      Take a cardboard box, left whole, poke holes in it to accommodate pulls.

      I paint the backside first.

      When they are completely dry turn them over screw them in place in prepoked holes, paint topside and allow to dry overnight.

      You could also spray a clear coat since you will be wiping often.

      It is easier than it sounds.

  • Denise Denise on Jan 16, 2020

    I'd say the best thing is to spray paint it!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 16, 2020

    RustOleum is my favorite spray paint for this type of job. Here's how I hang my drawer pulls so that I can spray evenly. First I scuff with fine steel wool then wipe down with denatured alcohol. Then hang and spray.

    • See 1 previous
    • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jan 17, 2020

      Yes, you should be able to. I got at Lowe’s. The steel wool I bought a bag of several pieces and the alcohol is a metal square can, a gallon or 1/2 gallon. I do a good bit of repurposing with paint. By the way, those pulls in the photo we’re fir s pair of nightstands. That was 3-1/2 years ago and none of the paint has rubbed off.

  • You can buy spray paint that will be suitable.

  • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jan 16, 2020

    You can try Rub n Buff. They make a wide range of colours and finishes and you just squirt a little on a clean cloth and rub it all over the hardware. Let them dry and they are good to go. I have used it on a lot of different hardware and it has held up really well.

    • See 1 previous
    • Recreated Designs Recreated Designs on Jan 21, 2020

      Any time :) I know you can order it online but I think if you are in the US places like Hobby Lobby and Walmart have it. I am in Canada so had to order it but it is more readily available in the US. Have fun :)

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 16, 2020


    I know that rustelouem makes a great spray paint for this kind of projects but here is another idea

  • Hi Steph - Your project sounds like a lot of fun - and one I'm now considering too!!! I agree with the others, remove the handles, use a gold spray paint (they have so many awesome options now). Give it 2-3 light coats rather than one heavy coat of spray paint. Good luck - it's going to look fabulous! Hugs, Holly

  • Pamela Pamela on Jan 17, 2020

    Hi ! I would use a spray paint ! First , lightly scuff them so the paint stick better . Use a couple of light coats for better coverage without drip marks . Let the first coat dry thoroughly before starting the next coat . Good luck !