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Update Your Brass Doorknobs

How I updated all my outdated brass doorknobs for only $2 each!

Why would you spray paint your brass doorknobs?

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To begin, have you ever walked into your house and just thought wow I really hate that, but I don’t want to spend a ton to fix it? Well let me tell you I certainly have! If you are in the same boat as me, you came to the right place! One of the items in my home at the top of my ugh I wish this were different list were my outdated discolored brass doorknobs. I wanted to change them but when I looked at the price of a new doorknob (about $40 for the style and color I wanted) I thought there is no way I can get new knobs for all these doors.

Then, I did some research and found my new best friend, spray paint!

Yes, you can literally spray paint your brass doorknobs to a new color in a few hours!

I was so excited and am so happy with the final product. If you are like me and want a new look for your doors that brings them into the 21st century for the price of one store bought knob, see my step-by-step instructions below.

So, if I decide this maybe isn’t as crazy as it sounds, how would I do it?


First things first, you need to gather all your supplies. This project doesn’t involve too many and a lot I already had at the house so this is definitely a good quick last minute project. I completed 10 doors with the below materials. If you are planning to do more, please increase the number of materials accordingly.

Step by Step Process

Second, after you have made all your purchases is to get prepped. Always remember not to skimp on the prep for any project; it is super important!

Prep Party!
  • Set up your painting area
    a. I used my deck and covered it with plastic tarps to catch any overspray
    b. Set up the paper towel rolls on the tarp
    c. Set out the box open side down and stick the screws face up in the bottom to more easily spray
  • Remove each doorknob from the door with a screwdriver, check out this electric one!
  • If you are doing more than one doorknob at a time (which I recommend!), place the pieces of the doorknob in a plastic baggie and label which door it came from – that way you won’t have any surprises when you go to put them back on!
  • Wipe off all the pieces of the doorknob to make sure they are clear of any grease or grime
    a. I just wiped them down quickly with a disinfectant wipe
  • Stick each side of the knob in a toilet paper roll
  • Stick the screws into a box or piece of foam
  • Tape the labeled baggie next to the corresponding knob
  • Wear gloves and a mask for safety and grab your colored spray paint of choice
  • Shake well (seriously make sure you really shake that thing or it will come out clumpy and we definitely don’t want that!)
Spray your little heart out!
  • Apply a lite coat of primer over the knobs and the tops of the screws – make sure you fully cover the underside of the knob (trust me, it’s a pain to get to the end and realize you missed a spot)
  • Allow to dry for an hour
  • Now, spray again with your color of choice
  • Let dry for 2 -3 hours
  • Now, spray again with the clear coat
  • Let dry overnight   
  • Place the knobs back in their corresponding bags
  • Finally, reapply the doorknobs, bask in the feeling of a job well done, and show off your new updated look to anyone who will listen 😊
  • Optional – share this post with any of those adoring fans of your work who may want to try their hand out at an affordable and easy DIY project!

Want to know how it turned out?

Lastly, once I reapplied all of the doorknobs, I was so happy to have an updated look that I could be proud of! (Do you see the difference in the picture above? It’s amazing!) In the end I updated 10 door-knobs for a total cost of $21.05 or ~ $2 each, compared to the lowest price I found online of ~ $9 each, that is a savings of nearly $70!

Now, I know many of you are probably reading this (if you still are, big thanks by the way!) with a lot of skepticism. I know when I told my husband I was going to do this he thought I was nuts, but trust me, it really works. I have had these doorknobs in place for 5 months and have not had any issues.

So, if you are ready to take on a new project and get the doors of your dreams please buy some spray paint, follow the steps and you will be saying goodbye to your brass doorknobs and enjoying your new look in no time. Happy penny-pinching, friends!

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