Replacing cabinet door knobs can be costly, but painting them is inexpensive and easy to do. With a few protective measures, they will last for a long time without the paint chipping or peeling off. You can use a single colour or several colours, depending on the finished result you desire. Your painted door knobs will give your kitchen cabinets a fresh, updated look with just a few hours of work.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Spray paint formulated for glass
- Waxed paper
- Masking tape
- Fine sandpaper
- Face mask
- Hair dryer
- Clear polyurethane sealer spray
- Rubber gloves
- Paper towels or cloth
Remove all the cabinet door knobs you want to paint with a screwdriver. Cover the areas on the knobs that should be left unpainted--such as the bolt that holds the knob to the cabinet--with masking tape. Place all masked knobs on waxed paper. Lightly buff the cabinet knob with fine sandpaper to create a slightly textured surface for the new paint to cling to. Wipe off any debris with a paper towel or cloth.
Put on rubber gloves and a face mask. Shake the spray paint for several minutes to ensure proper mixing. Hold the knob by the masked bolt and carefully paint it using light spurts of spray paint. Do not over-paint or the knob or it will have unattractive globs. Rotate the knob with your fingers to ensure the entire knob is painted. Decrease dry time by running a hair dryer over the knob for a couple of minutes. Wait for the knob to be almost dry before you set it down on the waxed paper.
Repeat this process until all of the knobs are painted. Let them dry overnight.
Put on rubber gloves and a face mask. Apply clear polyurethane sealer top coat to each knob in the same manner you applied the base coat paint. Use a hair dryer to shorten the dry time required. Place each knob on waxed paper after you finish it until all knobs are completely coated. Let the knobs dry for two days.
Replace each knob to it's proper cabinet with a screwdriver.
Tips and warnings
- You can also paint metal cabinet knobs in the same manner, just make sure to use paint formulated for metal, not glass.
- Purchase spray paint that is formulated specifically for glass as other types of paint will not adhere properly.