Rub-n-Buffed Door Hinges

Changing out your door hardware is a great way to update your space, but it can get pricey.  When I priced out doorknobs for the 26 doors in this house, I didn’t even think of the 78 hinges we would need to change out too – forget about the labor involved in removing each door, replacing the hinges and rehanging.  Not exactly an easy job to bang out on my own!  But seriously – this was really bugging me:

I was trying to psych myself up to change out all the hinges when I thought of my stash of Rub-n-Buff.

I have a box full of Rub-n-Buff from my frame shop days – it’s a staple for a framer to touch up the finish on molding.  Have you noticed how R&B has caught fire big time in the DIY blogging world?  I’ve seen it transform Carrie’s elephant, Karen’s coffee table,  Andrea’s demilune table, Rene’s buffet hardware, Cassie’s faux antlers and mirror, and Carmel’s sconces and lamps to name just a few fabulous R&B applications.

Well, this use for Rub-n-Buff is no where near as exciting as those projects, but it did the trick!  A little Silver Leaf R&B on the brass hinges was all it took to match the new doorknobs without going through the labor of taking down and then rehanging the doors!  Woohoo! An added bonus:  a tube of Rub-n-Buff will run you under $4 and each hinge requires only a smidgen.

Ahhh, much better.  The hinges are a teensy bit brighter than the knobs but I don’t think it’s that noticeable.

Next week I will share very exciting (:) tutorials on retrofitting doors for new knobs and spraypainting hardware.  I know you’re on the edge of your seat!!!   Tomorrow I’ll have some more great Before and After features for you!

I’m off to Mum’s, where amidst all the painting we’ve been unearthing all sorts of gems from my childhood!

Have a wonderful day,