I purchased and installed 14 cabinet pulls in the wrong finish. I ordered the cheapest pulls in an oil rubbed bronze finish to replace the builder grade nickel hardware in our laundry room.
In this case, the low-cost cabinet hardware came at a steep price; the cabinet pulls were non-returnable
I thought the oil rubbed bronze would look great against the white cabinets, but I did not love the finish. However, I was pretty sure I would love an all-black cabinet pull.
Painting over a dozen cabinet pulls without incident (meaning no coverage issues or drips) had me looking at a long, drawn-out paint fix. And, then I got an idea on how to paint cabinet pulls. An idea that would take seconds and mean little to no downtime in a room that is used every single day.
With an Amazon box, 1/2 can of black spray paint + primer and a handful of toothpicks I set up my impromptu paint station.
The sharp point of the toothpicks made it easy to press into the cardboard box. The cabinet pulls might have wobbled on the toothpick, but they didn’t fall down.
Never under underestimate the power of a toothpick.
I lined the toothpicks up, poking them just a bit, into the box. I placed each cabinet pull on top of the toothpicks. The cabinet pulls were hollow so the toothpicks could handle the weight of each cabinet pull.
A can of black spray paint changed the look of the cabinet pulls in seconds. The toothpicks made it easy to spray around each cabinet pull without coverage gaps. meant I could get around each cabinet pull without coverage gaps.
The painted cabinet pulls gave me the look I wanted for a space that is all about lost socks, stains and loads of laundry. It’s the most popular room in the house.
After hundreds of loads of laundry, the spray painted cabinet pulls have not faded or chipped. They look brand new!
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!
Pinnable graphic below!