I could paint the front door pumpkin orange and the dogs would notice before the rest of the family. And that is how I ended up painting my brand new cabinet hardware in my laundry room.

But let me back it up for a minute. I purchased and installed 14 cabinet pulls before I realized I did not like the oil-rubbed bronze finish.

I thought the finish would be more oil than bronze. Sadly, it was not. And based on my pumpkin orange front door hypothesis I had no concern if anyone would notice (or care). But I knew I was entering the grey zone and needed to figure out how to paint the cabinet hardware. Until I found a solution it would bug me like a mosquito. #wink

The irony is I replaced the original hardware and could have used this tip and saved myself the money of the oil-rubbed bronze cabinet pulls.

Here are the original, builder-grade cabinet knobs.

how to paint cabinet hardware

But I wanted a different design than the builder grade. I loved the shape of the new hardware knobs. They remind me of petite Easter eggs. They are larger than they appear in the photo. But I wish I had ordered a little larger.

how to paint cabinet hardware

I wanted black cabinet pulls; to pop against my white laundry room cabinets. 

Painting over a dozen cabinet pulls without incident (meaning no coverage gaps or drips)  sent me on a paint fix search. And, then, with no help from Pinterest or Google, I got an idea on how to paint cabinet pulls with a toothpick.

Yes, a toothpick. Never underestimate the power of a toothpick.

how-to-paint-cabinet-hardwareNever underestimate the power of a toothpick.


  • With an empty Amazon box,  1/2 can of black spray paint + primer and a handful of toothpicks I set up my impromptu paint station outside.
  • I spaced the toothpicks apart making sure to have enough room around each one to spray every crevice.
  • Once the cabinet pulls were positioned, I poked each toothpick into the box; just enough to hold the cabinet pull.

The toothpick’s sharp point made it easy to press into the cardboard box.

  • I placed each cabinet pull on top of the toothpicks.
  • The cabinet pulls were hollow so the toothpicks handled the weight of each cabinet pull.
  •  The cabinet pulls wobbled, but they did not fall down. 


A can of black spray paint changed the look of the cabinet hardware in seconds. 

The freshly painted cabinet hardware gave a fresh look to a space that is all about lost socks, grass stains and dirty laundry. 

After all, the laundry is the most popular room in the house.

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After hundreds of loads of laundry, the spray-painted cabinet hardware looks brand new. 

how to paint cabinet pulls

Love it! And, no one in the family ever knew of my initial disappointment in the finish.

I started and finished and reinstalled the pulls in a matter of a few hours. In fact, NO ONE in the family noticed I had changed the cabinet pulls from the original pulls!

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  1. I push the screw that goes to the knob into a cardboard box, screw the knob on and spray paint. Very similar technique.

  2. They look great , and a clever save my friend, I know how disappointing it can be, especially the non refundables, eek. xo P.S. are you getting my emails?

  3. Love the idea! Thank you, I look forward to painting my ugly gold & oak cabinet pulls , I can’t stand them

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