When I moved into my 1925 Craftsman Bungalow, I just assumed I would replace the ugly brass doorknobs with pretty new knobs.Â Then I counted my 12 interior doors and realized I was looking at hundreds of dollars to replace the mortise-lock hardware installed by the last owner. I decided refinishing the knobs would make them look better while I saved up money to replace them one-at-a-time. And giving the knobs an â€œoil-rubbed bronzeâ€ look made them more period appropriate.Â Fifteen dollars spent on black spray paint,Â polyurethane, and a tube of Rub Nâ€™ Buff in â€œSpanish Copperâ€ gave me beautiful door hardware that matches the rest of the finishes in the house. It worked so well that I used the same process on air conditioner vent covers and switch and outlet plates! Hereâ€™s how it works:
1.Â Â Â Â Remove all of the hardware you wish to refinish and take it all apart. In my case, I couldnâ€™t remove the glass knob from its brass base, so I used painterâ€™s tape to cover the glass completely.
2.Â Â Â Â Clean the hardware using rubbing alcohol or a kitchen disinfectant. Let it dry completely.
3.Â Â Â Â Spray paint all of the hardware with matte black paint. I used the 99-cent stuff from my local hardware store. Make sure you cover the entire surface. Let it dry completely before trying the next step.
4.Â Â Â Â Put a small bit of Rub Nâ€™ Buff on a clean rag that you donâ€™t mind throwing away. Rub the product all over the hardware, focusing on the edges and details like screw holes or designs.
5.Â Â Â Â Let the hardware dry overnight before applying the polyurethane. I achieved the most even finish by using a polyurethane spray I found in the spray paint aisle. The more coats of polyurethane you apply, the better the finish will hold up to everyday use.
6.Â Â Â Â Put everything back together and back on your doors. Admire your refinishing and money-saving skills. –Cassie D.