DIY Spray Paint Door Knob Makeover


DIY Spray Paint Door Knob Makeover is the quickest and easiest way to revamp your old ugly door knobs for cheap!
DIY Door Knob Spray Paint Makeover

Today’s Sunday Funday post isn’t a food recipe, it’s a recipe for a DIY home makeover that makes a surprisingly noticeable difference in your home. A few weeks ago I was surfing Pinterest and came across a before-and-after picture someone had taken to show how spray paint can makeover your door knobs. I was amazed, but also skeptical. How many “Pinterest fails” have emerged across the internet that show how far-fetched some of these DIY projects can be?! But this particular project is pretty easy to test and if it completely fails one screwed up doorknob isn’t a big deal. So on a random trip to the hardware store I felt inspired and decided to pick up a can of Rust-Oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze Metallic Spray Paint to test out this DIY project on a linen closet door knob that doesn’t really matter much. All we did was remove the door knob with a screwdriver, wipe it down with a Clorox wipe, and take it outside to spray paint. I was astounded by how great it looks. That spray paint is pretty miraculous, I seriously don’t know how they get those little opalescent glittery specks in there and make it look so multidimensional.

DIY Door Knob Spray Paint Makeover
We immediately got to work on the rest of the door knobs in our house, even our big front door one, and set up a little station outside on a drop cloth covered patio table. We used empty toilet paper rolls and Styrofoam to prop up the door knobs so it would be easier to spray and dry. I also labeled each knob with scotch tape and wrapped it around the spindle so we wouldn’t confuse the knobs since some of them had small differences. We also sprayed the screws and covered any keyholes with small circular pieces of tape to maintain the lock’s functioning.

DIY Door Knob Spray Paint Makeover Tutorial
It ended up taking two coats, after the first coat dried we saw some areas around the bottom of the knobs that we had missed. All in all it was a super simple afternoon project that cost about $10, less than the cost of ONE door knob! It immediately upgraded the more 1990s elements of our house into the 21st century.

DIY Door Knob Spray Paint Makeover
See how pretty?! Obviously it doesn’t look quite as glittery inside the house and out of the sunlight. The color and sheen are perfect inside. Many of our door knobs were beat up, scratched, and some even had chunks of gold finish rubbed off. The spray paint does an excellent job of masking all of that.

Have you done any DIY projects lately?

39 Responses to “DIY Spray Paint Door Knob Makeover”

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    Michelle — March 9, 2014 at 8:43 am

    I’m going to do this to all my knobs!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Candy — March 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Wow! Your door knobs look great!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — March 9, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    Yes! I’ve been wanting to do this, but wanted to see if someone else has had success with it, glad to see it worked!

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    Crystinna — March 10, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Happy to know I’m not the only one who might have experienced a Pinterest DIY Fail, especially when spending a ton of time and money! I’m always a fan of easy and quick updates, did you have any trouble with sticking on any of the hardware?

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    Dan Leeder — March 10, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I see that several knobs were painted black. You didn’t mention a base or primer coat. I’m sure it makes a difference. What was your experience without the base coat, if any?

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      Tessa — March 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

      The only color I used is the Rust-Oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze Metallic Spray Paint as photographed in the post, it’s actually a primer and paint in one. My experience is as written.

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    Dana — March 12, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I’ve had friends do this successfully and I’ve thought about it. I wonder about the wear and tear, but I figure you can just touch up. What did you do about your hinges?

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      Tessa — March 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

      That’s what I figured. Plus our knobs were already heavily worn so anything would be an upgrade! Our hinges were actually already painted the same white as the doors so no paint needed there luckily.

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    Beth — March 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I love this and it looks fabulous! Just curious, since painting, have you had any troubles with the twist of the locks? Thanks

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      Tessa — March 12, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Thanks! Nope, no problems at all! They work exactly the same as they did before. As you can see in the photos we pierced the knob spindles through styrofoam so that the only thing coated in paint was the knob itself, no actual twisting/locking mechanisms.

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    Ricki Brown — March 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I’ve used the Rustoleum also on newer hardware as well as the 70 yr old hardware on the house we just bought. Works well, but I primed mine with a light coat of Kilz primer first. I like the Aged Iron Rustoleum the best though if you have black iron accents in your home. I also painted my light fixtures, towel bars, tissue holder, etc. Both are good and there’s also a hammered black & silver. The best way in the world to improve hardware for the price of spray paint.

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    Kacey — March 23, 2014 at 4:41 am

    Do you think this can be done with the knob still attached to the door?

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      Tessa — March 23, 2014 at 9:08 am

      No I wouldn’t recommend that. Taping off the area around the knob would likely be as much work as removing the knobs, plus you wouldn’t want to risk getting spray paint on your door, wall, floor, etc. Also, spray painting all your knobs indoors isn’t a good idea. You don’t want those harmful vapors in your house.

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    Sarah — May 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    How are they holding up after some time? Just wondering how often retouching would be needed?

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      Tessa — May 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Great question! They’re holding up fabulously. Haven’t needed to retouch any 🙂

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    Amanda — June 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

    These look awesome, and this could be a great solution for the tacky and worn gold doorknobs in the house we’re buying! My only concern is the paint causing the button locks on the doorknobs to stick – have you had any issues with that?

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      Tessa — June 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      We haven’t had a single issue in that regard, and I was a little concerned about that. Just make sure to do apply the spraypaint in thin, sweeping motions so it won’t glob up anywhere. It might vary depending on the type of doorknobs you have, though, so you may want to test it out completely on one knob before doing the rest.

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    Vic Worthing — July 30, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Fantastic result by the looks of it, but I’m concerned that overtime the finish will ware off or perhaps chip? I may try this though rather than buying new handles but how is the finish now after five months of use?

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      Tessa — July 30, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      I’ve been meaning to do a follow-up. Right now the only knob with any real wear is the garage door knob which we use to come and go from the house. I accidentally jammed a car key against the knob and it scratched the paint off. I think it would have damaged any doorknob but it’s pretty obvious on this one with the gold underneath. Other than the the paint has held up wonderfully!

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    Brittany — September 26, 2014 at 6:42 am

    Looks fabulous! I am highly considering doing this to all of the knobs in my house as well. My concern is how to clean them. Right now, I take a Clorox wipe to all of my silver/brass knobs to simply wipe the germs off; however could Clorox wipes still be used to clean the Rust-Oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze Metallic Spray Paint? How have you cleaned your knobs?

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      Tessa — September 26, 2014 at 8:30 am

      I haven’t had any issues with being able to wipe them down!

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    Amanda — October 23, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I sprayed mine last weekend and my pantry door knob is sticky. I thought it was food and wiped it off, off came chunks of paint! Now I’m noticing other doors feeling kind of sticky. Solution? Also, the little click/latch thing on the door that hooks into the hole in the wall are all rubbing off since they get scraped every time you open the door. It’s so frustrating!!

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      Tessa — October 23, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Amanda – ours weren’t sticky at all. Could you have sprayed too heavy of a coat? Or maybe they were never able to dry completely (is it really humid where you live?)… I can’t say for sure. As for the “click/latch” I think I know what you’re referring to and if you notice in the pictures in this post, we didn’t actually spray that part of our knobs. Since they aren’t really visible unless you look at the side of the door directly when it’s opened, it didn’t seem worthwhile to spray that part which would likely rub off.

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    Rachel — April 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I did this project to all the door knobs in my house and slowly but surely the knobs are turning sticky and the paint is coming off. I did this last summer so it has almost been a year however the garage door knob came off in a couple months. I sometimes think I sprayed too much paint however I never roughed them up. Do you have any recommendations?

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    Ron — July 10, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I’m very impressed. I have seen similar results recently and may have been the original post that prompted you to do this. I have had several old vintage brass knobs and plates waiting to be polished but I may attempt this instead.

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    Ben — July 19, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    brilliant idea… Just wondering ho

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    Ben — July 19, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    I am thinking of repainting a heap of Gold Door knobs, and am wondering now that its more than a year since Tessa did them… how the originals are wearing.
    Great idea

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    Michele — March 9, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    I tried it & had a problem with the paint almost turning into a rubberish material….it let came off ? Has anyone else had this problem? Love the idea & want ti to work.

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    Jaz — March 13, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I did this exact process with the same paint and everything. 6 months later pretty much all the knobs have some type of chip or scratch and the ones we use more regularly and a mess 🙁 if anyone comes up with an easy way to keep them looking fab. please post! Maybe a few clear coats??

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    Jaz — March 13, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Are* ^^

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    Leigh — March 23, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    We have painted out knobs upstairs, as well as the hinges, we cleaned them, used 0000 steel wool to prep the surface so the paint would adhere better. For bathroom knobs especially you have to have a good clean surface to paint. All of the hair products, lotions, etc will be on the knobs and must be removed. We love how they look, next weekend we will do the downstairs. Thanks for sharing!!

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    Phyllis — April 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    These look great and I have done the same with mine using the exact same brand and color of paint. Some of the knobs have a sticky feeling to them… Did you have that issue? I’m wondering if spraying those with a clear varnish will work.

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    Cara — April 22, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Does anyone have the results for using a clear coat over the spray paint? Thanks!

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    Mary — June 22, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I will do this, but what about all of the gold hinges on each door??

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    Sharon May — July 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    We live in London Ontario and can’t seem to find this paint anywhere, where do you buy it?

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    Leah — September 11, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I tried this on a high use door and found the results just did not last. I loved the look but within weeks the brass was peeking through.

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    Bobbie — October 7, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    I did this! I did my hinges to my doors and the door knobs. They turned out absolutely beautiful!!!!!! Thank you for the idea.

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    Lori Mozdzierz — October 9, 2016 at 6:52 am

    I thought about doing this and am glad to know it works well and is in expensive to do!

    Thanks, Dana 😉

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    Susie — October 11, 2016 at 6:33 am

    I did this last winter on all the brass handles, strike plates, hinges, bathroom light fixtures, towel bars, toilet paper hikers, knobs, etc. this summer some of the door handles got sticky and started to chip off. My original prep included rubbing with steel wool and fine sand paper then washing with dish soap. I let them dry thoroughly before painting. I think the ones that got sticky were painted with second coat at not ideal time or too thickly. Instructions state apply second coat within 1 hour or wait 48 hours. I redid these few door handles with same prep but made sure second coat applied within hour and not too thick. I then applied a clear coat polyurethane after they dried a couple days. So far so good. All others not redone are still looking good. I still need to do all the outside doors. Have not done the bathroom faucets as considering buying new.

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