Spray paint is one of my favorite ways to transform something old into something brand new. It’s cheap, easy and quick, so I don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to breathe new life into an item that’s seen better days.
When spray painting smaller objects, such as drawer pulls or cabinet knobs, I always run into issues with making sure they will stand straight so the paint goes on evenly and smooth. Is it just me or can those little things be top heavy and fall over in the slightest breeze? Anyway, I finally had an a-ha moment and figured out how to hold them in place while being able to paint their entire surfaces at the same time.
How to Spray Paint Drawer Pulls and Cabinet Knobs
1. Find a flat surface of some kind that you don’t mind putting nails into. Try to use something you have on hand – there’s no need to buy something new for this. I had a sheet of foam core, so that’s what I used. An empty cardboard box, a thin scrap of wood or a small piece of styrofoam would work, too.
2. If your pulls have more than one screw hole, measure the distance between them and then draw a straight line that length on your surface. Draw the same number of lines as pulls, making sure you leave enough space between them that the pulls will fit without touching (you will later see that I had to move some of mine).
3. Using small nails (I used roofing nails), poke a hole at the end of each line. Then, push nails through the bottom of your surface. Slip your pulls over the nails.
4. Carry your surface outside. You can happily spray away knowing that your pulls won’t fall over.
5. Let your pulls dry about an hour, and they are ready to go onto your project. Hopefully, you will be as happy with your finished results as I am with mine!
A reader asked last week how I sprayed the pulls for my yellow Miss Matched dresser without them sticking. They were tarnished brass, so I cleaned them with steel wool. Then, I spray primed them with the hinged pull pushed up, waited for that to dry, and then primed them with the pull facing down. Once the primer was dry, I repeated the process with flat paint. My personal experience has been that gloss spray paint is more tacky than flat paint, so that may be why some hinged pulls tend to stick.
What has been your experience with painting small, top heavy items like drawer pulls and knobs?
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