When we moved into our circa-1990 home eight months ago, our first thought was, we’ve got to get rid of the shiny gold brass fixtures. So we updated the ceiling fans and sink faucets… but the shiny doorknobs were just staring back at us, challenging us to replace all. of. them.
So, I did a little looking around Pinterest and found several tutorials on painting doorknobs with Rustoleum’s Universal Metallic spray paint in the copper and oil-rubbed bronze finishes. It claims to be compatible with any surface.
We decided to take the plunge since it would be so much less expensive than purchasing an entire home’s worth of new doorknobs. First, I labeled all of the doorknobs and began hauling them outside to my husband, who was armed with several cans of the stuff.
It’s been eight months now. So how are the doorknobs holding up? All of the bedroom and closet doors and holding up great! The high-traffic doors–like the pantry door pictured below–are showing some serious wear. They’re going to have to be replaced because the paint was perfect for only a month or so. The front door, back door, pantry, and laundry room doors will all need replacing. As will some of our drawer pulls.
Would I recommend it? You can’t beat the savings of using the paint versus buying all new doorknobs. It is time-consuming and not for the faint of heart. Just keep in mind that purchasing quality doorknobs will probably be best for all of your high-traffic doors!