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Punch List - Back Door Hardware

Snow day!  No, it didn't snow in August (although it wouldn't surprise all the "Global Warming" folks out there), "snow day" is what I call those even semi-unanticipated days off, like waking up in the morning in 2nd grade and finding school's been cancelled because of the 11" of the wonderful white stuff!  I hadn't planned any projects for today, but something's been buggin' me all week. After stripping and painting the back door, the handle and lock looked a mess...

Part of the problem was - they were simply old and worn.  The other part was that I'm just a horrible painter! When I stripped and primed the door, I didn't remove the hardware because it was old and I was afraid I'd never be able to get it back on properly (experience is a hard teacher!).  So this is how it turned out...

So this morning, I measured the hardware and - off to Home Depot!  I looked around for a new plate and door handle, and considered a new lock.  Well, I guess this door really IS old, because they just don't seem to sell simple hardware like this anymore.  Then I remembered a post I just saw from Young House Love about how they re-did their door hardware.  So - I saved a ton of money and just bought some paint...

Okay, before you say it - I realize I said the other day that I don't care for the Oil Rubbed Bronze look, but after seeing how the hardware at YHL turned out on their yellow door, I figured I'd give it a try.  I already had some de-glosser and Rustoleum primer, so I just picked up some 220 grit sandpaper and went to work:

Basically, I just followed the steps that they took at YHL:  sanded, deglossed, primed and painted.  The only thing I found different was that the 220 grit sandpaper didn't scratch the hardware.  Anyway, so we sprayed on the Rustolem, went to an Indian Buffet for lunch, and put it all back together.

So there you have it!  Copying is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, and sometimes the mark of wisdom!  I love how it turned out - TONS better than the before!!  Oh yeah - all the hardware went back on the door with no problem.  None!


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