What is the easiest (and cheapest) way to update your space? PAINT. It can literally change the entire feeling of a room in one afternoon. The same goes for hardware! My big beige blob house come complete with beige blob hallways and, oh yes, gold doorknobs and hinges. And I don’t mean the stylish gold accents you see on HGTV these days. I’m talking the most basic of basic options from the 1990s. Yay…
I started thinking about what style I would carry throughout the house. Almost every room has a door and I had to be sure the hardware color would match whatever I ended up doing across multiple rooms. Hello Pinterest. It didn’t take me long to realize I am a fan of black and white. The contrast and simplicity is so opposite of the tan nightmare I was looking at. Here’s some good Pinterest inspo:
Start by removing the handles and hinges of your door. You may need some help in maneuvering doors off of their hinges because they are heavier than they seem.
Take a look at that brass hardware with the beige paint overspray…classy.
I used a piece of cardboard to lay out the hardware for painting, It was a nice canvas to push the screws into so they stayed upright while spraying. You can take a piece of sandpaper to get off any old paint and rough up the surface of the metal so it adheres to the paint properly.
The handles were tricky because of the shape. Be sure you are patient and use multiple, thin coats rather than heavy coats. I let these dry overnight after each coat and had to paint each side of the hinges so it took a few days until I was able to re-install the hardware.
Pro Tip: If you are planning to also paint the door, this is the perfect time. Painting without the hardware is so much easier! If you have a paint sprayer, you definitely want to use that for the doors too. it saves sooooooo much time compared to a paint brush or roller which could take you a few coats. Spraying two doors took me about 10 minutes, compared to 15 minutes or more on one with a paintbrush (and brush marks left behind).
Some doors were upstairs and took too much effort to carry down into the garage, so I painted those in place with a brush. I also took this time to update the door casing and trim in each room to white. I used Sherwin-Williams Door and Trim Tint Base High-Gloss Latex Interior/Exterior Paint for the doors and trim. Can you see how dingy the beige door looks compared to where I’ve started painting the trim and around the handle?? The black hardware also provides a great contrast and getting rid of the gold brings the space into this decade.
Check out the difference between this original and finished one! Buh bye beige!
Like I said, paint is the easiest way to update a space. You can see below how big of an impact changing door and hardware can make. I also added a a fresh coat of paint and an easy update to the tone of the lighting and we’re looking at a completely different house!
It has been over a year since I’ve made this update. A few tips I would suggest after seeing how these hold up would be to invest in a new doorknob completely for any spaces that may have wet hands touching them regularly. Mainly, the bathroom door and possibly any doors close to the kitchen. These started to peel paint just enough to annoy me and I broke down and bought just a few new knobs in oil rubbed bronze. They blend in right alongside the others I’ve painted and hold up much better to the exposure to water.