March 25

Don’t Replace Those Old Brass Doorknobs – Paint Them Instead!


Repainting doorknobs can be a creative way to save some money and customize the look of your doors. It’s always easier to buy new hardware, but why not save those extra dollars and get the same look, or one that’s unique? It’s worth trying if you want to dramatically change the look of your home without a big expense.

Some older homes have doorknobs that are antique and irreplaceable, so you’ll lose the character by replacing them with new shiny hardware. Even if they aren’t customized, painting your door hardware can make cheaper doorknobs look high-end.

Transform Your Doors

The budget-friendly way to upgrade your doorknobs is to paint them. It instantly adds a unique accent without the cost of replacing the hardware. There are a few steps to follow on how to paint doorknobs that will last for years to come.

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1. Use the Right Tools for Painting Doorknobs

To begin your painting project, there are some key tools you’ll need. Here’s what to add to your list of you don’t already have them on hand:

  • Screwdriver
  • Rags
  • Degreaser
  • Sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • Painter’s tape
  • Styrofoam or floral foam to hold the doorknob while painting
  • Drop cloths or cardboard
  • Metallic primer
  • Metallic spray paint
2. Remove the Doorknobs

Use a screwdriver to remove the doorknobs and lock mechanism from the door. Do this one step at a time. You may be able to leave the doorknobs in place if you carefully mask off the door with painter’s tape to avoid getting spray paint on them.

Before applying any paint, clean the knobs with a rag and degreaser to remove oil and grime. Then sand the doorknobs with sandpaper and steel wool to encourage better paint adhesion. Insert painter’s tape into the keyhole to ensure no spray paint enters and clogs the lock mechanism.

Insert the doorknob hardware into a block of foam to provide a stable base for the doorknob. This is an easy way to paint all sides without getting any spray paint on your hands. Set the foam on a drop cloth to prevent spray painting the ground.

3. Paint the Doorknobs

Primer is essential to painting any surface. It helps ensure the paint will adhere properly. For doorknobs, you should use a metallic primer. Apply the primer according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. There are paint options that include the paint and primer in one can.

Before you apply the paint of your choice,  allow the primer to dry thoroughly. It’s recommended to apply two coats of spray paint, allowing sufficient drying time between coats. Doorknobs get a lot of use, with people going in and out all day long. This will prevent early wear and chipping. Allow the hardware to dry completely for at least 24 hours before reinstalling them.

What to Ask a Pro Painter Before You Hire Them

When hiring a painter, there are certain questions you must ask beforehand.  Choosing the right professional can be a daunting task. Here are some questions you may ask the painting contractors you’re considering to make sure you hire a reliable professional painter you can trust. 

Are You Insured?

A minimum of $1 million liability insurance is preferred. If an accident occurs and the company is not insured, you are liable for expenses and damages incurred.

How Many Years Have You Been In Business?

When thinking about who you should pick when looking to hire a painter, it’s best to consider how long they have been in business. A minimum of 5 years of professional painting experience is great. You know they have experience and have built up a good client base.

Do You Have References?

Be sure to look at client reviews on Angie’s List, Google, or the Better Business Bureau. Always ask if you can contact previous customers to request their feedback and possibly see their work up close.

Do You Have a Local Business Address?

It’s important to check out that there is an actual and legitimate painting company established, and not just contractors working for an out-of-town company. Otherwise, who will you contact if something goes wrong or you need to enforce warranties?

Ask About Starting and Finishing Times

It’s important to have in writing on the painting contract the timeline of the project.  Finding painting contractors who will stick to a schedule and specific timeline is crucial.

What Are the Quality of Materials That Are Being Used?

Paint quality in terms of interior house paint and exterior paint is very important. Make sure the painting company uses reputable paint brands and products.

Trusted Painting Professionals

If you’re ready to upgrade your home, contact Walla Painting today. We have experienced painters ready to give your home the fresh coat that it needs. Whether it’s just the doorknobs, your kitchen cabinets, or the entire house, we can meet your needs.

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