Brushed nickel hardware and a door that doesn't fit

by brae  

Quite while ago, I posted an entry on turning brass lights into brushed nickel lights. It was a moderate success. Yes, the color was good but the finish was way too delicate to be practical. This technique, however, worked really well for the doorknobs and doorplates I had.

The doorknobs are the white enameled kind from HBS, and the doorplates are brass from Clare Bell Brass. I sprayed the doorplates with flat black and then used Valspar Odds 'n' Ends Fast Dry Enamel in Chrome on both the primed doorplates and the "as is" white doorknobs. As noted before, I wouldn't call the finish "mirror chrome" but it works well as a mimic for a brushed nickel finish. I indented the wood behind the keyhole and painted it black before gluing the hardware in place.

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When I painted the brick wall in the kitchen white, it thickened the mdf to the point that my Houseworks door didn't fit anymore. To fix this, I added a thin frame of strip wood to the inner edge, making sure the new frame was flush with the existing one.

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Here the garage side of the door frame has been painted grey; the kitchen side will be white.

The added trim gave me a surface area to glue the interior trim to without having any gaps.

Those are Greenleaf vinyl tiles on the floor. The dishwasher is by Meile.

The kitchen cabinets were made from unfinished EuroMini's. The pendant lamps were scratch built from Wilton cake tips...and you can barely make out the mini teapot clock made from a jewelry finding (I have these for sale in my etsy shop).


Comment from: Lyssa [Visitor]
The doorknobs look great, not that I would expect anything less. I really like the Greenleaf tiles, too. I think I'll look into getting some.
01/31/11 @ 05:53
Comment from: Jeannette [Visitor]  
You are amazing! I always love reading your blog posts!
01/31/11 @ 07:57
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you both! &#59;D
01/31/11 @ 08:47
Comment from: Ann [Visitor]
The 3rd pic looks like its a real 1:1 scene ;-) Great job as usual and thanks for the tip on using the Valspar chrome enamel (in your linked post). I'm just wondering though, where did you purchase that? It doesn't seem to exist in Homedepot!
02/02/11 @ 19:43
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks, Ann! I bought the paint at Michael's.
02/02/11 @ 19:45
Comment from: Ann [Visitor]
Got your email.. thanks for letting me know! Will have to check Michaels now ;-)
02/03/11 @ 17:42

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