Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Aunt Clara?

Do you remember Aunt Clara? You know, the really cool aunt from Bewitched who collected doorknobs? I kinda feel like her while I have been working on this project, haha! I love her character. So hilarious! (Yes, I do know what Bewitched is, just because I am 23 doesn't mean I don't know about the best show from the 1960's!)

Anyway, onto the actual post... This one has been in my "to-do" file for over a year. I am a procrastinator, I didn't want to have to take off the doorknobs, because let's face it, it's kind of a pain in the patootie. Well, I am here to tell you from experience, it really wasn't that bad at all. It's actually VERY easy, and quick {and CHEAP!}. 
Okay so I forgot to do a before picture, but you can kind of get the idea, right?

So, after you use this sandpaper on your removed-
from-the-door doorknob you'll end up with...
This! I don't know what the people
who lived here before us did, but
I would just like to know how they
put so many dents in a doorknob!
Take off the... what are these called anyway? I'll just
call them knob plates. So take them off, and sand them
just like you did on the door knobs.
And you'll end up with something like this.
Wipe down the knobs and plate
things with a paper towel, I used
a dry one, but wet would work too.
Anyway, you have to get off all
of the dust before they can be
painted. Woo hoo! Hard part
is now done!

You'll want to put the side with the
poles into some foam so you can
still get every angle with out putting
finer prints in the paint.
I just used flower foam (because it's
waaay cheaper).

Do the same with all of the screws.
Then... paint away! I used the Valspar Metallic Fast
Drying spray paint in silver.

While you're outside painting, and thinking of how beautiful your "new" doorknobs are going to be, don't forget to put the floral foam out of the reach of children, or this might happen.

My whole couch looked like this.
And he kinda looked like the Hulk,
except not muscly or huge.

After you let them dry, (and vacuum up all of the green
foam...) you'll end up with this beauty! A like-new,
beautifully painted doorknob.

 Can I just say how much I love my new knobs now? I seriously could not stand that brass look anymore. The brass just stared at me every time I used the doors, but now I just love them. Love them.

Report card:
Spray painted doorknobs (scale from 1-10; 1 being lowest, 10 highest)
How easy was this? 8.5 VERY easy
Was this a cheap project? 8- pretty cheap, I just paid $3 for the sand paper (I only used 1 sheet too!) and about $5-6 for the paint
Is it worth the time/energy/money? 10+++ I would even recommend if you are buying a new house to buy used knobs and paint them to save money.

Anyway, thank you so much for checking out my post, and I hope you found it as insightful and useful as I think it is. Loves!

Linking to:
Beyond the Picket Fence's Under $100
Whatever You Want Wednesday 
My Romantic Home 
Flaunt it Fridays 
Under $10 Tuesday 
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Home Stories A to Z


Lori said...

Yay!!! They look awesome! I'm doing mine soon.....prob in a year haha. Seriously, I hate the brass too! Good job, Erin!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Nicely Done!!!
This is actually on my to-do list...Thanks for sharing the how-to... ++ I got to smile at that cutie.. who was having so much fun while you were busy at it...

Stefanie Thomson said...

Well my daughter they look spectacular!! You are so talented. Totally love that you used Aunt Clara! Love, Mom

Lori said...

I did mine in oil rubbed bronze, I didn't sand them, just primed and painted with the spray paint. They have held up wonderfully. One of my most popular posts too. Saw you on Romantic Home.

Lori said...

You should enter debbiedo's newby party. Your blog looks great.

LrSchwtz said...

This is a fabulous and frugal idea! I love saving money! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party! I'm your newest follower!

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