How To Update Door Hardware with Paint

If you're looking to increase your home's curb appeal or update your interior hardware, try repainting it instead of replacing it. Follow these simple, budget-friendly steps to paint your door's hardware.

Don't spend money on new hardware for your door just yet. Rethink your existing knobs, locks, and hinges and use metal spray paint for a quick update that is friendly on your wallet and your time.

What You Need

  • Camera and marking pen
  • Steel wool
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter's tape
  • Floral foam (to hold hardware for painting) 
  • Metal paint primer
  • Metal spray paint (Rust-Oleum Rubbed Bronze is pictured)

Step 1: Remove Doorknob and Lock

Remove doorknob and lock mechanism from the door. Take photos as you go and label the images—"inside dead bolt" and "outdoor knob"—to aid in reassembly.

Step 2: Clean and Sand

Clean the hardware with steel wool, then sand.

Step 3: Prep for Painting

Insert a small piece of folded painter's tape into the keyhole so paint doesn't get in the lock mechanism. Insert the door hardware into the foam so you can easily paint all sides.

Step 4: Paint Hardware

Spray hardware with metallic primer according to manufacturer's directions. After the primer has thoroughly dried, spray hardware with metallic paint. Let dry. To ensure no fingerprints are left in the paint, allow the hardware to dry for 24 hours. After it is dry, reinstall the hardware on the door. 


  1. Since it would be the front door handles and locks we would be painting, how would it be possible to have the hardware dry for 24 hours. How would we lock the front door and keep it closed? Thank you

  2. This is an excellent way to upgrade your outdated hardware. My husband and I did this to all of our doorknobs in my Grandmother's house we are remodeling. The only thing I would add to the instructions is to addsome kind of clear coat after painting. We did not, and now, five years later the paint is chipping.

    1. This spray paint says “paint and primer”. Do you still have to purchase/use a separate primer?

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