No More Brass Doorknobs!

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I really wanted to get rid of the brass doorknobs and hinges in our home but when I found out how much it was going to cost, I knew we couldn't squeeze it into our budget. I've waited a couple of months to post this project because I wanted to see how well the paint held up and now and the only thing that has rubbed off a bit is the strike plates. Even my laundry room door knobs that I hang clothes hangers on when I'm doing laundry has held up.
I decided to do something about it!
A closer view.
Now the process of how I painted them. I took some chop sticks, wrapped them in foam and secured them with duck tape.
This was the first picture I took. I taped them down to the box and they still kept falling over so I turned that box top upside down, drilled holes in the box and put the chopsticks inside the hole giving them stability.
Now they are ready to paint.
I first cleaned all the doorknobs with ammonia and water then gave them a light sanding using a 220 grit sandpaper. Then I used a primer, let that dry for about 3 hours then gave them a coat of Rust-Oleum Metallic paint, let that dry for about 4 hours, then gave them a second coat. The next day I sprayed a coat of lacquer, let that dry and then gave it a final coat. I waited 24 hours and then re-installed every doorknob and every hinge in the house. I'm not going to lie, it was a HUGE job but I love the new look!!
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  • Jennifer Jennifer on Oct 16, 2015
    What color did you use because they look fabtastic and must make your house even more amazing than it already must have been with your cleverness!

    • Melisa Gingrich Melisa Gingrich on Oct 20, 2015
      @Jennifer Thank you Jennifer! You're very kind. You know, I don't know the color. I wish Rust-Oleum would name their paints. You chose by the color of the cap. All I know, it's a brown metallic but on the doorknobs it looks black! I don't mind the color but it looks nothing like the cap.