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.

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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

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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

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Clean the hardware with steel wool, then sand.

Step 3: Prep for Painting

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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

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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. 

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