4 Simple Steps To Paint Door Hardware

Painting your door hardware is a quick and budget friendly way to take a door from blah to wow!  Especially if you still have all brass hardware from the 90's.... Like I do!

4 Simple Steps To Paint Door Hardware

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So today, I'm going to share with you my

 4 Simple Steps To Paint Door Hardware.

Right now, I'm in the process of painting all the interior doors in our home.  The change is crazy good!  You can check out my 5 Best Tips For Painting Interior Doors.  Here's a great before and after.

Before and After Painted door and hardware

So, in the process of all that painting, I've taken the time to paint the hardware and repaint all of the door trim.

Sure, I could've just replaced the door knobs and hinges, but that would have run me about $30.00 per door.  Ummm.... I have 8 doors just on the first floor and 13 doors on the second floor. That's would run me about $630.00.  Or.... I could buy spray paint at $4 a can.

Kind of a no brainer for me.  Plus it's super easy!  Trust me!

Now, let's go over the 4 Simple Steps.... Of course, you need to remove all of the hardware.

Remove all door hardware

1. Sand -  Take the time to sand the door knobs and the strike plate (that little piece that will get hit by the door latch).  These pieces will get the most use. I used 220 grit sandpaper.  The goal is to rough up the glossy finish so that the paint will adhere to the knob.  Here is one sanded and one not sanded.  I didn't sand the door hinges, I just don't think it's necessary.

Sand door knobs

2. Prime - I feel this is the most important step. Priming helps the paint 'stick' better.  Even though the paint I'm going to use has a primer in it,  I still prime.  Prime all the hardware, even the screws. My favorite primer, Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover.

Primer, Paint and clear coat for door knobs

3. Paint - My favorite spray paint is... you guessed it, Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover.  This stuff is the bomb!  Seriously, it's the best.  I spray painted everything with one complete coat of paint.  The door knobs will get 2 coats.  Like I said earlier, the door knobs are going to get the most wear and tear. You can use any sheen you like, I happen to have a lot of satin sheen, so that's what I used.

Painted door hardware

By the way, if you don't have one of those Rust-Oleum Comfort Grip Attachment... you need one! It is a game changer, no more sore fingers, and it helps to spray evenly!

4. Seal - In order to extend the wear on the door knobs, you need to seal them.  Again I use Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Clear Coat.  I didn't want a super shiny finish, so I went with the matte finish.

Clear coat on door knobs

Here's an extra tip...  The order of painting the hardware.

One coat of primer on everything, let dry.
Next, one coat of paint on everything, let dry.
Then flip the hinges and strike plate over and prime them, right after that, paint the knobs with a second coat of paint. Let dry.
Next paint the hinges and strike plate,  then give the knobs a clear coat. Let dry, and your done!

They came out so great!

Door knob close up

It looks like I have brand new doors! We are loving them!

Painted doors and hardware close up

Pantry & Laundry room doors finished



  1. Thank you for the tutorial. This will be nice to touch up.
    What paint did you use on the gray doors? I like it. Stephanie

    1. Thanks so much! I pretty much only use Behr Marquee paint. This actual color is a mix of some paints at home. I started with Valspar's Metropolis and added some orange paint I had on hand to warm it up.... It's what you do when we are in quarantine.


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