When furniture pieces are refinished with a painted, glazed and distressed look, the original pulls and knobs on the piece may appear outdated and undesirable.
A great option for updating and reusing them is to paint the pulls and knobs a new color. Along with the new color of the refinished piece of furniture, the painted pulls and knobs help take the look of the piece in a whole new direction.
I’m a big fan of this option, and often paint hardware black or a dark bronze. The key to spray painting pulls is cleaning them thoroughly and using a high quality spray paint.
Here are the steps I use to get the job done:
- Purchase Krylon Fusion spray paint from Walmart. Satin or flat black are my favorites, and I’ve found this brand to provide the most durable adhesion and reliable coverage.
- Scrub the hardware clean with vinegar and a firm plastic scrub brush. Soak in vinegar for 60 minutes prior if coated with residue from years of use. Thoroughly scrub off residue, rinse with water, and then dry with a towel.
- Set up an old board in an outdoor area, preferably in the sun (will speed drying), to lay your pulls upon for painting. Because of the strong fumes, I don’t recommend using spray paint indoors.
- If your pulls have hanging handles, start by flipping them up and painting the backsides first. The same goes for knobs. Follow the application directions on the can, start by painting the handles flipped up. Wait a few minutes, then using a small stick, flip the handles down and paint the fronts of the handles as well as the entire pull.
- Circle around the pulls and make sure all angles are covered. Apply enough to provide a thick coat, yet without the paint starting to drip.
- Allow 24 hours for complete dry time. I leave them outside as long as possible before moving into the garage before dark.
- Reattach to your newly refinished piece of furniture!
Spray painting vintage pulls is a great way to give them a new look that compliments a piece of furniture that’s been painted, glazed, and distressed.