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Live.Laugh.DIY. How To Paint Your Cabinet Hardware

Everyone knows an easy and cheap way to update a cabinet or dresser is to swap out the hardware. It can also get expensive quickly depending on the style you go with, and where you buy the hardware from. Cabinet hardware can cost anywhere from $2 to $20 per pull or knob. In a 200 square foot kitchen you can expect to need up to 40 pulls/knobs leaving your hardware update (depending on what knob or pulls you go with) costing anywhere between $80 to $800 (no big deal – insert eye rolling emoji). 


In my own kitchen, I purchased simple matte black knobs for the cabinets. A 10 pack was reasonably priced at Home Depot. Unfortunately, after searching high and low online, I wasn’t sold on any “affordable” matte black pulls, so I decided to reuse the nickel farmhouse pulls that I bought two years ago. By prepping, priming and painting this pulls, I spent $0 (because I already had the supplies) and I love the way they turned out. I used leftover chalkboard paint from when I created a large chalkboard for my nephew as a birthday present. I figured it would work just fine, since chalkboards hold up against hard use and are easy to clean with water! It also gave me the matte finish I wanted. I’ve been using my pulls in my kitchen for well over two months and they still look as great as the day I painted them. I estimate that if you don’t already own all or some of these supplies already, you’ll likely spend $15 to $20 to update your own hardware. 








What you’ll need: 

  • Tack Cloth
  • Steel wool or sandpaper
  • Primer Spray Paint
  • Colored Spray Paint
    • I used leftover chalkboard paint because I knew it would be durable and provide the matte finish I wanted. Glossy and semi-gloss finishes will show more grease from your fingers and reflect more light.
  • Clear Shellac Spray Paint
    • This step is optional (and I skipped it).

* Quick Tip: Rust Oleum has great paint and stain products. Sometimes I just scroll through their website for inspiration!

Step 1: Prepare your hardware for paint.


With sandpaper or steel wool, rough up the surface of your pulls. Then run them under water to wash any dust from the knobs/pulls. Dry the knobs with a clean cloth and use a tack cloth to pull off any extra dust.


Step 2: Secure your knobs/ pulls. 



This step will vary based on your hardware. My hardware was simple because it didn’t topple over. If you are spraying knobs or lighter handles/pulls, you may want to use a piece of cardboard and the screws you’ll use to attach the handles/pulls to the cabinet and attach them to the cardboard. 


Step 3: Prime, paint and let your hardware dry!


Read all directions. In a well ventilated room, first spray your knobs/pulls/handles with a primer spray paint and let dry. Test your spray paint (color of choice). Apply multiple thin coats (let them dry in between sprays). After you’ve applied your final coat, I recommend letting your hardware cure for at least 24 hours before attaching them back onto your cabinets!

*Quick Tip: You can always use a clear shellac spray paint to protect the surface of your knobs. I did not because chalkboard paint is pretty durable.

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Benny is seriously impressed by the simple hardware update, and thrilled that he now matches the kitchen. He’s also saying, “I’m a good boy, mom. Can I get a treat?!”


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  1. They look amazing…I’m totally going to give it a go!

    • I love to hear that! You’ll have to let me know how it goes. Reach out if you want to talk about it more. 😉

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