Today I’m sharing how to paint drawer pulls. This works for all sorts of hardware as well, including hinges and door knobs.
The process only takes a few hours, and it’s pretty simple when you break it down. Get more painting furniture tips and ideas here!
So let’s dive in!
Supplies Used to Paint Drawer Hardware
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- Degreasing Cleaner (I use Krud Kutter)
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- Tack Cloth to get all of the sanding dust off of the hardware
- Primer (BIN Shellac Primer or Clear Shellac are my favorites!)
- Paint (Right now I love Rust-oleum Champagne Bronze)
- Topcoat (Make sure it’s compatible with your spray paint – oil or water based)
Clean the Hardware
You can scrub them really really well and get them back down to almost bare metal… I have a separate blog post on how to clean old furniture hardware here!
Or you can just give them a quick scrub with a degreasing cleaner to remove the layer of dirt, grease and grime. I personally like to use Krud Kutter.
Then make sure they are completely dry.
Lightly Sand the Hardware
This can be an optional step if you scrubbed the hardware down to bare metal, or if you use a really good bonding primer in the next step, or if the hardware isn’t in a high traffic area.
I don’t want to leave too many sanding marks behind, but I want to scuff the surface to give to paint something to hold onto. Especially on slick surfaces.
Then I wipe off the dust created from the sanding.
Prime the Hardware
The primers that I completely trust to stick to any surface (even surfaces that haven’t been sanded) are shellac based primers.
If I use a shellac primer, I’ve learned that I can typically get away with not sanding beforehand. But it never hurts to sand before either.
I like to use a spray can for a really nice finish. When I spray with a spray can, I try to spray a couple of light coats.
And then I let it dry for about an hour before I move on to the next step.
Paint the Hardware
My go-to right now is this champagne Rust-oleum metallic spray paint because I love this color.
I’ve had great experience with these metallic spray paints as well!
Check out my list of the best spray paint for metal here for more options.
Once again, when I’m spraying I try to spray light coats, letting it dry for a few minutes between coats… basically to the point that it is a little tacky.
But most of these spray paints usually say to apply more coats within an hour, so I make sure to apply the next coat within an hour.
Or else it says to wait typically 48 hours. And nobody has time for that, right??
It’s one thing to spray paint hardware, but did you know you can actually use spray cans to paint furniture too!? Find out what the best spray paint for wood furniture is right here!
Check out my comparison between Krylon vs Rustoleum spray paints here.
Topcoat the Paint (Optional)
This is completely optional. But if you’re worried that it’s going to get scratched up, you may want to topcoat the paint.
I typically don’t topcoat, and I haven’t had issues with durability. But you’ll want to check to make sure that whatever topcoat you use is compatible with the paint you used.
Most of this spray paint is oil based, so you’ll want to use an oil based topcoat.
Let Painted Hardware Dry
This step is super crucial. You’ll want to give your hardware time to dry before you put it back in operation.
Allow 24 hours before lightly using it or installing it… and then be extra careful with it for about a month while it completely cures.
Extra Painting Hardware Tips
Here are some extra tips that might help your project go smoother.
What Kind of Paint to use on Handles
I love to use spray paint, but you can use chalk paint, acrylic paint, oil paint… The paint that I wouldn’t recommend is latex paint that is made for walls.
If using a chalk paint or acrylic paint, I would definitely top coat the painted hardware. But no matter the paint you use, the process is the same.
What Kind of Paint to use on Bail Pulls
If your hardware is bail pull style with a handle that moves, you can stick toothpicks where the handles attach to the back plate, so the handles stay up in the air.
Then you can spray the top and bottom of the handles, and all of the back plate all at once.
What Kind of Paint to use on Hinges
When painting hinges, you can open them all the way, so they create a triangle shape. Spray the middle of the inside of the triangle, and then flip it over and spray the rest of the hardware.
This makes it so you can spray everything that you can see when they are installed. Write labels on tape, and then fold the labels in half and tape them so you know where each hinge belongs.
What Kind of Paint to use on Knobs
Stick a toothpick or skewer through some paper or cardboard and then put the knob on the toothpick to help it stay upright when you spray it.
If you use a long skewer, you can keep it elevated so you can paint the underside too!
What Kind of Paint to use on Screws
Stick screws through some paper, Styrofoam or cardboard too so you can paint the heads.
Or sometimes I spray the spray paint on some paper and brush it onto the heads instead.
Watch my “How to Paint Drawer Pulls” video to see it in action!
- Clean your hardware with a degreasing cleaner to remove the layer of dirt, grease and grime.
- Lightly sand the hardware with 220 grit sandpaper. Then wipe off the dust created from the sanding.
- Spray a couple of light coats of shellac based primer to your hardware. Let it dry for about an hour.
- Spray light coats of paint to your hardware, letting it dry for a few minutes between coats.
- Topcoat your painted hardware. This is completely optional but if you’re worried that it’s going to get scratched up, you may want to do this.
- Let your painted hardware dry. This step is super crucial. You’ll want to give your hardware time to dry before you put it back in operation. Allow 24 hours before lightly using it or installing it… and then be extra careful with it for about a month while it completely cures.
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