I don’t know about you guys, but personally, I *LOATHE* brass fixtures. They just scream outdated and cheap and also clash with just about everything. Unfortunately, our house was built in 1982 – a bumper year for brass, apparently.
Getting rid of the brass in our house has been a slow but steady process requiring the updating of light fixtures and ceiling fans, towel holders and shower rods. And we were about 90% brass free EXCEPT for the obtrusive eyesore lurking in every room of our house – the hinges and doorknobs of all our doors were still brass.
Looking at Lowes, getting the same type of interior doorknobs we had, only in brushed nickel, was going to cost us about $20 a piece. New hinges would cost about $3 each, or $6 per door. Throughout our house, we have 12 doors (including all room doors, closet doors, and entry doors) needing to be de-brassed, meaning replacing all the parts would have run $312. Not awful, but not great, either.
Luckily, there’s a cheaper option. Rustoleum is a brand of spray paint that can stick to pretty much anything – including metal. And they just so happen to make a “satin nickel” variety, which is exactly the color we wanted. For $15 and a little drying time, we got the exact same look as replacing all our door fixtures, for less than 1/20th of the price. Pretty sweet!