Over the last couple week I started painting all the doors in our house white, replacing the knobs and spray painting the old hinges. Sounds like it wouldn't be a big deal but it makes a HUGE difference and I'm so glad I decided to do it.
The doors are beige and really dirty, the knobs are 20 year old tarnished brass and the hinges were brass as well...with paint gunked up on them from the last person who (sloppily) painted.
Each door has to be taken off the hinges, scrubbed down and given 3 coats of white semi-gloss paint. The hinges cleaned, sanded and spray painted with a brushed nickel spray paint made specifically for metal. Originally I was going to spray paint the old knobs as well, but I decided to go ahead and replace them with new brushed nickel ones...mostly to save on time and work. And knobs didn't turn out to be as expensive as I thought they would be. I think I paid just over $140 for the entire house, deadbolts and locks included. Oh and did I mention that I'm painting the trim around each door white, too??
This is going to be a long project, but so worth it in the end! Here are some before and after pictures of what I've done so far...
Before and after of the knobs
Before and afrer of the outside of the hinges
Before and after of the inside of the hinges
Door on the left isn't painted yet...you can see the difference it makes! You can see even more of a difference in person
Inside of the front door completely finished. I forgot to take a before shot
So there you have it! 3 down, 8 to go!