Tuesday, August 2, 2011

How I painted my metal door and hardware

I see a green door and I want it painted black. 

Ah summer.  Time to get out that to-do list, and get to work.  I have had this project on my list for over six months, and I can proudly cross it off.  And share it with you!

This is one of the after pictures.  Let's check out some before shots, shall we?

Brass...


More brass.  

Time for a change.  I bought some Rust-oleum Universal Metallic in Oil Rubbed Bronze. 

I have to mention my friend Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative.  She spray painted some door knobs in her home and gave us her great tutorial here.  

I did a couple of things differently for mine...I left my hardware on my door while I painted it because I knew I was painting the door black afterwards. Also, we do not use this door to enter and exit, so I knew it would have time to cure, without hands and keys all over it.

I sanded the entire handle to take the shine off, so the paint would have a good surface to stick to.


And now for the weirdest, but cleverest way I have ever used one of these little round bandages...
It was perfect for the peephole!  See how roughed up the brass finish is? Yeah I know...I'm so mean!


For the door itself, I used Valspar latex enamel (interior/exterior) in black. After sanding and cleaning the door, and three coats of paint later, I was finished!


No more brass!


Who is it?


So, what do you think? 

You know what I think...  I think it needs a cool wreath now...

Stay tuned.

 
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7 comments:

  1. Your door and "new" hardware look great, Christine! Gotta love oil rubbed bronze! Now I need to eradicate the brass at our house, haha!

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  2. Looks awesome!! Can't wait to see the new wreath!

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  3. No way! I have a green door and that exact lock/handle in brass. Thanks so much for the inspiration -- I'm painting mine now, too!

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  4. Very cool! I have been looking at my door hardware lately with an urge to do something...debating how much I want to hear about it from Mr. you know who. This turned out great!

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  5. Well, I'll just be danged! How cool. I'm looking around now at all the old door hardware in this 1920-something house. I thought I'd have to remove the hardware, which scares me since I don't even know if I can unscrew the stuff. I'm very intrigued now, Christine. Thanks!

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  6. totally amazing. Wanna come over and do mine? I'm on a black door kick myself. Great tips - thanks for sharing and linking to WWWW! I'm featuring you!

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