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New door hardware? Or just a little magic trick? A few coats of paint, and my old door knocker looks good as new.

Door knocker after

The key to painting metal is to clean it really well (I use TSP substitute), then spray the paint with very light coats (five or more will do). Believe it or not, the hardest part was getting the knocker back onto the door (tape wouldn’t hold it in place while I screwed it in, so I had Dad help while he was over helping with the first exterior coat of paint).

Door knocker after paint

It’s a far cry from what this old door used to look like:

Door knocker

Now I have a door knocker that matches the light fixture and the new (old) house numbers that got the same paint treatment. Matchy-matchy may not work well all the time for interior decor, but it certainly looks good on the exterior!

Exterior light fixture after
House number after

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  1. Hi there – I just found your blog a few days ago (I can't remember how) and am having a lot of fun reading…I started at the begining and have been reading along on your adventure, it's been very fun! Although not good for my productivity….don't tell my boss! ;)

    Anyway – I'm dying to know what spray paint you used for the door knocker (if you remember! I realize it was a year ago). I've been hoping to spray paint the door hardware in my apartment and this is exactly the look I'm going for.


    1. I had to do some experimenting on this one, and I found that Rustoleum had a good satin nickel spray paint. I wiped down everything with a deglosser and used a spray primer first, then lots of thin, even coats to get a smooth finish.