Cheap and Easy Door Makeover
One thing that drives me crazy is contractor grade door handles! They are so ugly and make my home look outdated. So, when I seen some blog posts on how to inexpensively paint them, I was so excited to give it a try! I read a few different posts, some suggested primer, some said I didn’t need it, different sanding techniques and some using etching primer. Since I am cheap and impatient I decided to skip the primer and only sand. So, here’s how I did this cheap and easy door upgrade….
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- Rustoleum metallic paint in rubbed oil bronze
- fine grit sandpaper
- wet rags
- toilet paper rolls
- piece of cardboard
First, I removed the door handle. This was a lot easier than I expected despite the fact that some of the screws were stripped! TIP: use an elastic band over the tip of the screwdriver to get a better grip when screws are stripped. All I had to do was unscrew the screws and pop it off! Some sites suggest keeping them on and just using tape…. but I’m messy so off they came!
Then I used the sandpaper to take the shine out of the current finish. This took all of 7 minutes for one door. Not difficult at all! Then I used a wet rag and wiped down all the sanded parts. I didn’t sand the screws but I did paint them.
Next was painting! Easy! You can just follow the instructions on the can. I did 3 coats waiting for about an hour or so in between, with a very light sand after each coat. Check out the cut up paper towel roll to keep the handles proped up to dry and poked the screws in a piece of cardboard…. this made things way easier! Also, the paint is strong smelling so it is recommended you do this project outside or in a basement/garage. It was also super hard to wash off so it is recommend you wear gloves ( I wore gloves and still managed to get it on me ).
After first coat….
I only did one door handle for now because I wanted to see if I liked the results. I actually LOVE how it looks and my plan is to do all the doors as well as the hinges next!