One of the first things I noticed about my house is was the doorbell. Crooked...yellowed...rusty... yet somehow not my thing:
While at Lowe's, I also picked up some Valspar silver spray paint. It was under $5 and my intention is to use it on the dining room chandelier. However, that is currently stuck on my ceiling so until it detaches itself, I thought I would use it to give the kickplate a makeover...
...because the second thing I noticed when I first saw this house was this brass kickplate:
Yowza. Funny story - the bottom left corner was not screwed in. There wasn't even a hole for the screw! This happens a lot in my house. I think the builders were lazy.
Anyway, three coats of the spraypaint - dry to the touch between coats. Totally dry in about an hour.
The screws were brassy, too, so I decided they needed a paint job as well. To keep the screws stable as I sprayed the heads, I poked them into a paper-towel roll covered in foil. The foil was not to protect the paper-towel roll (I'm not that weird), it was so the roll wouldn't...well...roll. In the picture below, there are only ten screws... if you're counting you know there should be eleven (#12 never being installed). I found the missing little guy on the porch and poked him into the other end later.
Once everyone was dry, I removed the painted screws by unscrewing them (they wouldn't just pull out)...
...and reattached the "new" kickplate to the door:
I think it looks pretty snazzy! Although in this picture, the peaking-out doorknob looks brassy. :D
What have you spray-painted new life into?