Home Hack: Engine Spray Paint

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Hey all!  Today, I am kicking off my home series with my first home hack.

If you missed it, last week I shared that it had been one year since I closed on my condo.  You can read the post here.  At the end of it, I shared that I will be posting both room tours and home hacks from now until the end of the year.  There is still a lot I would like to do, but I thought it would be neat to document how things look at this point.  And I also wanted to share some of the inexpensive projects (aka home hacks) I have done.

My condo was built 30+ years ago, and some of the finishes reflect that, like all the gold hardware throughout.  I know that gold has made a comeback and while I can appreciate how it looks in some spaces, my personal preference is silver or black.  I ended up replacing all of my kitchen hardware (post here), but the hardware in the bathrooms was actually very good quality - the look just wasn't what I wanted.  My mom suggested instead of replacing them, we use spray paint.  My dad was using this engine spray paint for his Corvair, and either he or my mom had the idea to use this for the knobs.

My dad did the actual spray painting, but when I asked him what he did, he said he just took a little sand paper to them, to ensure the paint would stick, and then gave the knobs a good couple coats.  Easy peasy!  

After the knobs turned out so well (I did my pantry knob, laundry closet knobs, all of the bathroom knobs, linen closet knobs), I also asked my dad if he could spray paint the toilet paper holders.  They were brass, which wasn't as bad as the shiny gold, but the black looks SO much better.  I even had my dad spray paint the knobs from my new dresser and two new nightstands.  

Because this spray paint is for engines, it has really held up well to everyday use.  All of them look as good as new, even the ones that were painted shortly after I first moved in. 

It was such a money saver - even though knobs are a relatively inexpensive way to change up a piece of furniture, or the look of a kitchen, when you are replacing them all, they can really add up!  It was definitely worth it to replace the ones in the kitchen, because the quality was not there, but elsewhere, they were really nice - just the wrong color, so spray paint for the win!  

This spray paint comes in a load of colors, too, if you are looking for something more than just your basic black.

That's it for my first home hack installment.  Check back in two weeks - I will be starting my home tour with the first thing you see when you come over - the outside!


  1. I Love this idea!! Very helpful - I'm looking to change some of our drawer handles but maybe I'll just spray them.

  2. Such a good idea! We love spray painting different finishes if we need them to match but never thought to use engine paint. I'll have to remember this for next time! Sierra Beautifully Candid

  3. that paint looks pretty awesome. I love how it is the matte look too.

  4. What a great and inexpensive way to change up your knobs. They all look wonderful!

  5. Oh my gosh, they look amazing!! I am the spray paint QUEEN and I had no clue that engine spray paint existed. I will definitely be using that in the future!