How to Spray Paint Furniture Hardware

We picked up some really cheap, used furniture off of Craigslist due to my temporary, stay-at-home mom situation as I am expecting my second child in June 2016 and currently have a very small budget to work with to get her nursery ready. I readily agreed to take on a painting project and turn horrendous into "cute and will last a few years until we can replace it" furniture purchase (stay tuned for the furniture repainting tutorial). Spray painting this hardware was probably the easiest refinishing project I've done recently, and the results are very pleasing!

Spray Paint Hardware

My initial idea was to buy cheap furniture but then purchase new hardware. Well, after spending $275 on three pieces of furniture that seemed to have a million drawers and knobs, I quickly decided against that option as decent knobs start at $2 & up, each. My husbands first impression of using what it came with was pretty funny; he said it was incredibly ugly hardware and couldn't get past that. I am more flexible in seeing the "after" so I told him to trust me... LOL...

Ugly hardware before painting

Ugly hardware before painting

Anyways, we already had the furniture colors picked out and they were lighter than the crib we are reusing, which is like a color between ebony and oil-rubbed bronze, so I wanted to bring the dark color into the furniture restore somehow. I decided to use an oil-rubbed bronze color because it was the darkest option without going black.

Materials Needed

We only needed two materials, plus a piece of used wood that Ben used as a holder for the hardware during spray painting.

  • Denatured Alcohol
  • Rustoleum Paint & Primer (in One) Spray Paint
Oil rubbed bronze spray paint by Rustoleum

Oil rubbed bronze spray paint by Rustoleum

Painting Process

First, clean all areas of the hardware with a rag & the denatured alcohol. Wear gloves to keep your hands from drying out. This will help remove the oils and any gunk on the hardware so that the spray paint will have a nice clean surface to adhere to. Since there were a TON of pieces that needed to be cleaned, Ben had to get creative on how he could secure them while also protecting the screw threads from getting all "gunked" up during the painting process. He thought about hanging them from a string (which I vetoed and told him that would take forever to prep!) to finally deciding on drilling a piece of leftover board and placing the hardware in the holes to protect the threads.

Furniture pulls in the custom made holder

Furniture pulls in the custom made holder

Next, time to spray paint! Make sure you follow all directions on the can, they are there for a reason! We applied two coats to the hardware, allowing a few hours in between for drying time although the can said you could spray a second coat much sooner than we did. Make sure you have good ventilation and eye/mouth protection! The Rustoleum spray paint went on very smoothly and the can worked at all angles, so it made for a quick job. After the second coat, we allowed them to dry overnight, mostly because it was close to bedtime and not a requirement.

After Ben cleaned up any stray paint from the base of the threads, he started hanging them on the furniture. He really was surprised at how "pretty" they were now, and how they complimented the cheap dressers and brought in the color of the crib. This hardware is not your everyday shape, and a little bit of paint made them so much better! Inexpensive supplies and a little elbow grease made this a quick project and saved us a few hundred on hardware replacement!

Do you have any tips or suggestions for similar DIY projects? Please comment below! 

Happy crafting! 

Mindy Sullivan