Switching Out the Doorknobs | From Brass to ORB

The first real house project is done!  It was not any big building or demo project, but it is one that made a big difference in each room.  Painting the doorknobs was a cheap and easy way to get rid of all the ugly brass knobs in the house.  I looked around on pinterest to see the best way to do this and I came up with the following process:

  1. Remove all hardware off the doors
  2. Sand them down.  I originally used ultra fine steel wool, but that did not do a great job and took more work then it was worth.  The paint chipped right off with this method.  So, Bobby got me some Scotchbrite, which was so much quicker and I barely had to apply pressure to rough up the surface.
  3. Make sure the hardware is free of dust and lay on a surface you can spray paint. I used a cardboard box.
  4. Spray paint the hardware. I used Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze with built in Primer.  They were $6.97 each and I used about three and a half cans on 10 doors.  This was with 2-3 coats.  I also coated both sides of the hinges so brass did not show on any side.
  5. After the last coat, I let them dry overnight.



IMG_2023Taking the doors down only took one person, but putting them back up is MUCH easier with two.  I was only able to get one door back on by myself.  The rest took two people, one holding the door up and another attaching the door.

The end results are exactly what I wanted.  These are downstairs.  I forget a before picture :)IMG_2222

I never got a picture of them in the sunlight  but the color is so pretty.

Here’s a picture of the upstairs before:IMG_2245

The panaroma makes for weird looking angles, but I wanted to get all the doors in one picture.

and after…IMG_2346I love it so much!

Have you guys ever ORB’d anything? How did you like it?

Thank you

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