I know door knobs aren’t usually at the top of your “to buy” list, and frankly you probably don’t even notice the ones you have after about a month of living somewhere… but in essence they REALLY can make a dramatic “fresh & new” impression! I have always been a fan of the curly scroll knobs and OF COURSE those are the most expensive!
When we moved into our new house, almost ALL of the fixtures were brass. When I say ALL I mean (door knobs, faucets, switch & outlet covers, knobs, shower doors, EVERYTHING!). No matter what the cost, when you start counting up all those suckers, you will be shocked at how quickly it can all add up. Oil rubbed bronze door knobs for example: Round – $8, Swirly – $12… and we have 17 doors!! That just WAS NOT going to fit into the budget. So I chose another route: SPRAY PAINT!
These are the brands I used from Lowe’s Home Improvement
All I did was remove each door knob (and don’t forget the plate that catches the latch), sprayed 1 coat of the paint, let that dry, that sprayed 1 coat of “satin” acrylic sealer. If you buy the glossy sealer, it will turn out really shiny and glassy.
I know you must be wondering how they paint holds up? So far we have had ours painted for 4 months and they are still in perfect condition. I have hung several hangers w/ clothes on the closet door and swung it open for days… and still no scratches! 🙂 I also did my bathtub fixtures, and they have held up through the frequent water and cleaners!
I discovered this recipe over a year ago, have shared it with MANY friends, and those who have tried it are ALL still using it today! I like a strong smelling soap, so I add “Downy Unstoppables” to every load and so far I have NEVER had a problem w/ stains or my clothes not coming out clean!
My first batch lasted a little over a year! Mind you, it is just my husband and I, but considering the gym clothes and multiple times we change in a day… it could easily be assumed that a family of 3 or 4 could get by with this recipe for close to a year!
I copy/pasted the detailed instructions below to share from:
**Don’t worry the Fels-Naptha will dissolve in your washer even if you only use cold water like me.**
about 2 gallons worth of detergent. Walmart has large glass jars in the kitchen department.
**Update** I have had a lot of repeat questions so I though I would answer a few here.
-This detergent is safe for HE washers and should be added to the barrel instead of the dispenser.
-This detergent is safe to use on sensitive skin.
-It does not have a strong scent, you can add laundry crystals to the batch to add fragrance.
-Some of my followers have used other bar soap instead of Zote or Fels-Naptha. I have personally not tried it but from the feed back I get it sounds like any bar will work.
-Use 1-2 Tablespoons per load.
-Walmart has nice big glass jars in the kitchen department!
-This is not safe for cloth diapers because it contains baking soda which affects how the diaper is able to soak up liquid.
-I am not sure if this detergent is safe for a septic tank or not, you may have to research it and do what you feel comfortable with.
– I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl letters for the jar. I used the Story Book font
This is one of the most functional and thrifty projects I’ve ever done! Yet another $10 window, and here’s how I did it!
What you will need:
- Wrapping paper or fabric for backing
- Spray Adhesive
- 8-12 cup hooks
- 4-6 dowel rods (size 7/16x36in)
- Picture mounting hardware (or just use the lip of the window for hanging)
- First clean up the old window (I hosed mine down outside) and brush a fresh coat of paint on.
- Measure & cut out fabric/paper to fit each window pane.
- Use spray adhesive on the back side of each window pane and place square cut outs face down.
- Screw cup hooks on each side 5-8 inches apart.
- Insert dowels with wrapping paper, and viola!