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Refinishing Door Hardware Part 7: One month update

Five weeks sure can fly by at this time of year, that’s for sure.  I went back and checked on the date I had taken the photos for the last batch of door hardware I completed to check how long we had been living with the new look.  Five weeks!  Wow.

So there are a few glitches to this really cheap makeover.  First, only use the Qtip touch-up if the mark is really small.  I thought it would work on a few slightly larger marks and it doesn’t blend really well.  It is shinier than the surrounding surface, even after I applied some of the sealer on top.  Resand (just that small area) and respray anything that will show up shiny with a touch-up. I didn’t find this out until just the other day because (ahem) I didn’t get around to touch-ups until then…

Second, this is happening:

This doesn’t surprise me, since it was happening on the original finish before I sprayed.  It just shows up a lot more since the bronze contrasts so much with the original finish.  I am going to look into getting these plates in an oil-rubbed bronze finish to see what it would cost.  It’s not obvious unless you open the door anyway, so I’m not in any hurry.  But I’m thinking that if it is reasonable, I will change those out.  This may not be a problem in the gloss finish that Kara used on her hardware, but I don’t know for sure.  She is really good about responding to questions and she has some great stuff on her site–check her out and maybe ask her how the gloss is holding up.  Another thing that may help would be additional coats of sealer.  I only used one.  Again, this is speculation on my part since I can’t know for sure without going back and redoing.  Hmmm, I may have to try that…

I’ve already mentioned this, but if you haven’t read the other posts you won’t know that unlocking the door with a key wears off some of the paint.  I talk about that in this post.

Beyond these issues, I have been very pleased with the results.  I love the new look and I would do it again in a heartbeat!  Soooo much better than the shiny gold.  And you can’t beat the price!

All posts in this series:

Refinish door hardware part 1: Supply list

Refinish door hardware part 2: Sanding

Refinish door hardware part 3: Priming

Refinish door hardware part 4: Painting

Refinish door hardware part 5: Sealing

Refinish door hardware part 6: The Reveal!  And more tips

Refinish door hardware part 7: One month update

This project is linked to The DIY Club’s Krylon Pretty in Paint Party.  Click on the link to check out all the other inspiring projects using spray paint!

 

 

Refinishing door hardware Part 6: The reveal! And more tips

Can you hear that?  I believe I hear angels singing.  I love, love, love the results.

Something I have learned after completing this project?  It is difficult to take interesting pictures of your door hardware.  These were the best that I could do.

A peek at what they used to look like:

To see the entire series of posts for this project, please click on the Refinishing Door Hardware category in the right sidebar. It will take you to all of the information on the process I used.

Fixing blunders:

A Q-tip and some paint sprayed into a disposable container will fix very small blunders that don’t go too deep.  If you have a bigger mistake, let it dry Read More…

Refinishing door hardware Part 5: Sealing

OMG.  This project has been a lot more work than what I anticipated.  Nothing new with that–I have a habit of downplaying the amount of time and effort projects take.  But the results have been so worth it!  I am finishing the last batch of hardware today.

The sealer layer is where I depart from Kara’s door hardware suggestions.  She used this sealer, which I originally bought:

I decided that I wanted less shine on our hardware after looking at the examples for sale at Home Depot (which is when I priced new hardware again–$25-$30 per door for the exact same handles we have in our house, just with the oil rubbed bronze finish–cha ching!).  They didn’t have the exact brand Kara used Read More…

Refinishing door hardware Part 4: Painting!

This is where you see results!!  I am going to take advantage of some Indian summer days here in Ohio and knock out the bottom hinges on about 22 doors, as well as the exterior door hardware I couldn’t fit in before the weather got cold.

Before I do, I’ll post on the painting process.  I can do this because it won’t take long–after the prime coat is dry to the touch, repeat the process with the color you have chosen for the hardware.  Easy peasy and you finally get to see some results after all this hard work!  I let the primer coat dry for about 45 minutes in 65 degree weather.

Here are some shots:

See those plates that came out of the door frame (left side of the picture).  Make sure that you prime and spray the backs of these as well.  I did not realize you could see the back and you can.  Not a lot, but enough that I will be correcting this error eventually…

Love them, love them, love them!!!!!   I think it is warm enough that I can begin today’s batch.  Can’t wait to see the exterior doors’ hardware from the outside.

All posts in this series:

Refinish door hardware part 1: Supply list

Refinish door hardware part 2: Sanding

Refinish door hardware part 3: Priming

Refinish door hardware part 4: Painting

Refinish door hardware part 5: Sealing

Refinish door hardware part 6: The Reveal!  And more tips

Refinish door hardware part 7: One month update

 

This project is linked to The DIY Club’s Krylon Pretty in Paint Party.  Click on the link to check out all the other inspiring projects using spray paint!

 

Refinishing door hardware Part 3: Priming

Now the fun part!  Get your spray painting station ready.  I had to do this in our garage because it was windy outside.  However, this stuff is really stinky and has some ingredients that I didn’t want to inhale, so I did keep one of the garage bays open and the back door to the garage as well.  It was still pretty stinky.

This is how I started out.

This was a few days later.Use lots of boxes to barricade, and as many dropcloths as you can get your hands on.  Spray paint really flies around. Read More…

Refinishing door hardware Part 2: Sanding

Ok, so you gathered up the supply list and now you are ready to jump in.  A word of warning: this part is not fun.  I did not enjoy this part of the project.  But there is a bright side–after we completed a large part of our hardware, we (meaning my brilliant husband) thought of a much easier way to finish it up.  Therefore, you will benefit totally Read More…

Refinishing door hardware Part 1: Supply List

We have been in our house for 10 years and 85 days.  I have disliked our door hardware for the exact same amount of time.  I had looked into new hinges and knobs awhile back and man oh my did I have sticker shock.  Yikes.  We have 30 doors and 3 pocket doors in our house.  New hardware was not happening.

So I began to think about refinishing them myself, but I didn’t really think it would have the durability doorknobs would need.  And then I found Kara.  She Read More…

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