All of the interior doors on our first floor have nickel hardware: hinges & handles (with the exception of some oil-rubbed bronze). However, the upstairs & basement were left neglected; fake brass only my friends.
Months ago, in my erratic state while painting miles of white trim, I left a few smudges on the hinges. Brass hardware with white streaks. CLASS-SSY.
We needed a change, and I happened to catch the amazing hubby in a rare DIY mood…
“Change the door handles to oil-rubbed bronze? Sure.”
What about the hinges?
Replacing them would mean removing all three sets on each door (10 doors), and the actual removal of the doors while they are being traded out. NOT HAPPENING. Spray paint? Not in this episode.
Stroke of Genius.
I used this Rustoleum High Heat paint on my fireplace doors a while back. It was satin black, but looked oil-rubbed bronze. The best part? It painted on the brass like a dream, dried quickly, and left a smooth, matte, rust—repelling finish.
A few quick swipes, and I had the hinges done on three doors. Only 7 more to go! The paint adhered well to the brass. I would recommend lightly sanding first; however, I did NOT on the first set and they turned out great. About 2 coats does the trick.
This beat removing each door, so easy!
The color matches my oil-rubbed bronze hardware on the vanity.
Just need to finish installing the knobs, and this update is…
done and done.