A while back I added the vinyl house numbers to our front door and once I did that it made the ugly door handle stand out like a sore thumb, so I asked everyones opinion on what color to paint it and black was the winner. I didn’t want to remove the handle from the door so I decided to tape it off and spray paint on a calm day in hopes it would work out okay. I knew I could always use turpentine to clean up any overspray.
- Wipe down the handle with TSP (let dry)
- Wipe with liquid sand (according to the directions) and let dry
- Paint with Rustoleum spray paint in glossy black.
I lucked out and had no overspray and it was so easy I did the other entrance door the next day. I couldn’t do them both at the same time I did still needed a door to go in and out of.
I’m sure the door handle wasn’t noticeable or ugly to anyone who stopped by but it was a metal finish I never liked from the day we added the door, but you know how things get pushed to the back burner and left for years without doing anything about it. Well I guess it was finally time to update the look, I just couldn’t take it any more.
New hardware is around $80 but for a $4 can of spray paint I have a new look. I figure even if I have to give it a fresh coat of paint once a year it’s worth it. I am anxious to see how well it holds up and will report back in time.