It’s the Little Things

I have not fallen off the face of the earth or been eaten by sharks. Some periods of time just seem to lack inspiration. So instead of junking up your newsfeed and email with things that don’t really inspire me in order to “create content” I chose silence. I’m a nonconformist that way.

So what is it that has brought me back? Door knobs! I know, right? My house is old. It was built in 1979. That is the same year my sister graduated from high school. Hi Jackie! It will never look new again even with a whole lot of effort. My sister, on the other, looks amazing!

All of the hardware is antique brass.

antique brass door knob

antique brass door knob

You are probably thinking this doesn’t look too bad. Hang on.

This particular finish came before the bright gold phase.

visually offensive gold

visually offensive gold

It is not quite as visually offensive as the gold but still looks very dated.

Here is a photo of my own, dated, antique brass door knob before I decided what to do about it.

Tresa’s personal antique brass door knob

Ick! 1979, people! Not a pretty sight. So one day, without stopping to think about what a pain in the ass it would be, I decided to paint them all black. Not a revolutionary idea by any means but there it is. It’s been done before. Even before Pinterest.

Did you know that door knobs come with a lot of parts to them? Exactly. As you all know, anything worth doing is worth doing right so I fired up my screwdriver and got busy.

The change has saved my life.

life changing black door knob

The effect makes my heart beat faster. I hang out in the hallway more often as a result of it. And I did, in fact, paint the strike plates and face plates. And the hinges. And all the tiny little screw heads.

black hinge with tiny little screw heads

This change celebrates the age of my house. It was worth all the trouble to give it an old timey feeling instead of a dated one.

If you are going to change out your hardware you still have to remove it all and install the new. Very labor intensive. I cut out the cost of new hardware with a few light coats of Rustoleum spray paint in between.

It’s the little things.


*No screws were stripped in the execution of this project.


6 thoughts on “It’s the Little Things

  1. You are hilarious. And thanks for telling me that my brass knobs (insert joke here) are visually offensive… My house was built the year YOU graduated from High School! Did you have to prime them or something to make the paint stick? If not, this is a genius idea. (If so, it might still be genius but I might not be doing it.)

    • Thanks for the comment, Angi! They are a rare commodity here! I just have to call them like I see them. I can’t count the number of visually offensive items in my house. No priming necessary. It will hold up to normal use but can be scratched off if one is hell bent on doing so. Another popular finish would be an oil rubbed bronze spray paint. Good luck!

  2. Your sister(s) IS fabulous. Hi Jackie! And so are you. Love the change. Our house has so many things icky about it … but we do a lot of living around here and we all survive, so I try to calm down. Someday. Some. Day. What’s sad is I don’t even care about the popcorn ceilings. Whatever. Anyway, your KNOBS are so hot, girl. Thanks for the post and inspiration.

    • Living is the important thing and I have to say you guys do it well. I would love to come scrape popcorn ceilings with you someday. How much fun would that be? It’s more about the company than the activity. So good to hear from you!

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