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How to Spray Paint Door Hardware

Don't spend a ton of money updating your door hardware! With a few coats of spray paint, you can make it look like new!

Thanks for joining me for part 2 of my front porch transformation. In part 1, I showed you how I solved our clutter problem with a DIY storage bench. Today, I'll reveal how I updated our door hardware with one of my favorite DIY tools, spray paint!

Spray paint seems to have magical qualities. I've used it on so many things, from my window blinds to a crystal vase. I love how it can get into every crevice and coat everything smoothly. When looking to update something, I always try to reuse what I already have. Sometimes all it takes is a little spray paint to give it a whole new life! You can learn all my spray paint tips and tricks here!

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Our door hardware had definitely seen better days. It's solid brass, although you wouldn't have guessed that by looking at it! The door knocker was covered with grime and had aged to a dull brown color.

door knocker before spray painting

Using a soft sanding sponge, I sanded down every surface to bring it back to its original shiny brass. The sponge allows you to sand every curve, and the angled edges gets all the crud out of the corners. It was amazing how much stuff I sanded off this thing! When it was all shiny again, I placed it on a piece of styrofoam, using two screws to hold up the knocker part so I could spray paint underneath.

door knocker sanded down and ready for spray paint

I gave it a few coats of Rust-Oleum's aluminum colored spray paint, which matches the new door kick plate I installed. I let the paint dry for an hour or so. Then, I flipped the knocker to the other side, propping it up the same way, to spray paint the underside. You can see that it was already looking a million times better!

spray painting the underside of the door knocker

I gave the viewer (the little peephole that lets you see who is on the other side of the door) a quick spray as well. Don't worry about getting paint on the glass. After the paint dries, just take an X-acto knife and carefully scrape the paint off the glass. So much easier than trying to tape off a little circle!

Spray painted door knocker viewer. Just scrape off the paint when you're done!

After the paint dried completely, I coated everything with a spray of Rust-Oleum's clear enamel. This will hopefully prevent the paint from chipping off when someone actually uses the knocker. I'm pleased to report that after a night full of trick or treaters, it's still looking perfect.

It's amazing what a little spray paint can do! Door knocker after - The Handyman's Daughter

I repeated this entire process for the door lock and handle. I was hesitant to use spray paint on something that gets so much use, but I quickly changed my mind when I saw how expensive replacing the hardware would be! We have a very old door, with a mortise box lock, and finding something compatible is nearly impossible. We'll replace the door eventually, since it's pretty drafty and cracking a bit on the inside. But painting the hardware gave it a nice update until that day comes.

What a Difference Spray Paint Can Make! Door Handle Before and After - The Handyman's Daughter

Our front porch is really starting to come together. Next week, I'll wrap up this series with a look at our updated light fixture and modern house numbers. Be sure to check back for the final reveal!

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