We are a young couple remodeling our first house...one outdated / ugly thing at a time. This blog documents our remodel projects and ideas.
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12.16.2010

As Good As Gold

This saying might be true about a lot of things; however, not in my house. Gold is not good in my house - it is overbearing and doesn't play nice with the other fixtures. So, I am changing the saying to "As Good As Brushed Nickel". It might not have the same ring to it, but with big-bully-gold getting kicked to the curb, it better applies.
That's right, I'm evicting all of the gold fixtures from my house since they are no longer welcome. And let me tell you, there is a lot of gold to get rid of!  From the ceiling fans and light fixtures, to the switch faceplates and knobs...it is all gold. I previously mentioned this project in the post about the garage lights, and now I'm telling you how we accomplished this de-gold task.

All 14 of the interior door knobs used to be gold. Not anymore. These were replaced with brushed nickel knobs. Also, the 4 exterior knobs were rid of gold too. I did try to spray paint the knobs; however, even with a clear coat, the paint wore off. So this was a DIY fail and it was best for us to buy new.
The 5 ceiling fans were white and gold. (I have a love-hate relationship with ceiling fans.) These were replaced with much sweeter cherry and nickel finish fans. And guess what, we purchased the fans from Wal-Mart. They were half the price as the comparable from a hardware store, and they have the same warranty - too good not to get them.
The cabinet knobs were all replaced with brushed nickel. Found a screaming deal on cabinet pulls at Tuesday Morning - $1 each. And all light fixtures were also replaced with brushed nickel.
And the master bath, well, it's going to take some major de-gold work:

Have you recently accomplished ridding your house of a finish? Or are you happy with the finished in your house? Do you have any tips on spray painting knobs and getting the finish to stay long term?

6 comments:

Mrs. G said...

Brass. I hate it. We're little-by-little getting rid of the brass finish items around the house. After the holidays, I'm going to start purchasing all of the new interior door knobs. Ours are that fake gross looking brassy stuff, and I want to replace them with oil rubbed bronze.

Your house is looking great, though! I'm loving your blog!

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