Thursday, September 1, 2011

Knock Three Times....I'm a Believer

I'm pretty much to the point that whatever YHL takes on, I think I can do too. Except the crazy stuff with saws. And tile. Yet.

So, I inadvertently managed to get off work until Tuesday. Perfect since I have a house guest arriving tomorrow (YEA!), my 30th birthday BBQ on Saturday (!!!) and then my sister and her family arriving Tuesday after my first house guest leaves.  So, I figured today would be the perfect day to forget about all the cleaning I should be doing and instead decide to paint the side door hardware.

The brassy hardware has been aggravating me since day 1, especially after I painted the door. It was desperately asking to be changed. I had planned on just buying new hardware, because that is what I thought you had to do. But then John and Sherry came to the rescue.  I figured if they could do it, so could I. And my previous spray painting experience with the Adirondack chairs was so awesome I was super excited.

Here we go!


Brassy, right? Meh.  Door hardware is easy to take off. Just a philips screwdriver and a butterknife (it's important to use the right tools for the job :P )

I got all the hardware off and laid it out on a grocery bag. Gave it a wipe down with some 409 and just went at it.

There was a piece that was attached to the door, so I had to tape around it and I added some cardboard to protect around it too.

I also figured out a way to keep the knob from lying on its side - paper towel roll to the rescue!

Spray, internetting, spray, play words with friends, eat lunch, check hardware...reattach!

I managed to drop the knocker about 3 times while trying to reattach, so it got a bit...weathered looking. I'll wait before going at it again with more paint, just to see what happens.

Nice, huh?

The only problem is I can't get the deadbolt screwed back together....nothing a job superdad can't handle. Speaking of handles, I replaced the handle on my broken toilet with the guidance of superdad this morning.  And changed the vacuum bag. So, I wasn't a total loser....

Thanks for making me a DIY spray painting believer YHL.

1 comment:

  1. Whoa, that made a huge difference. Looks fab!

    I can't wait to see photos of you living it up at your bday party! Wish we could be there... :)