Monday, March 24, 2014

Oil Rubbed Bronze Door Knobs

Welp, it may have been 3.5 years since I have posted to my craft blog, but who cares right?  I have SOOO many crafts/projects I have done since my last post.  I have even taken step-by-step pictures, just never getting around to posting it.  Today is the day!  I pinned this project over 2 years ago; I even bought the spray paint around the same time.  Poor little guy sat in my craft room all this time just waiting to spice up our brassy doorknobs.  And spice them up he did!  This project only took a few hours spanned over 2 days.  The main reason I am posting this is because I have quite a few tips the original blogger did not add.  Enjoy!
 Start by going around and unscrewing every doorknob.  I used a drill to speed up the process.  My first "make it easier" tip is carry around a bucket with a small bowl for the screws.  This way you don't lose those bad boys!
 I then threw them into the dishwasher.  I was a little concerned about this, but they all came out perfectly fine.  If you don't want to do it this way, you at least need to hand wash them all--you don't want any oils or dirt from your hands to effect the stay-on power of the spray paint.
 My next handy tip is to use toilet paper rolls.  I cut mine in half since I didn't have quite enough for all my knobs.  Use these as a stand to prevent any paint pooling.  I put these on top of a big piece of cardboard to protect my deck.
                                                  All lined up and ready to be bronzified!
 I highly recommend starting with a primer.  It is an extra step, but it also makes all the difference in the world! I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover. Another helpful tip--cut a slit into your cardboard and stick all your screws in it.  I only spray painted the tops; no need to get the threads of the screw painted.
Always use multiple light layers of paint.  Again, this takes a little more time, but the results are well worth it!
 Look how beautiful those babies look!  This knob was painted and reinstalled over a month ago.  It shows no wear or scuffs!  It has actually even had a child safety cover on it, which I was afraid would leave scuffs marks.  As you can see, it still looks brand new!
 I used Krylon Brushed Metallic "Oil Rubbed Bronze"  It has held up so well!  I have even hung my purse on them with no issues!

1 comment:

Stizz said...

Those turned out great! I'm not a fan of gold fixtures...these are so much better. And that's nice that they've held up so well. Glad to see another Triny's Trinkets post. :)