How to Paint Door Hinges

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Update your home by painting door hinges! Learn how to paint your door hinges with black spray paint with this step-by-step guide.

This blog post has been updated with our NEW YouTube video that also details how to paint hinges. Take a minute to check it out; it is worth the watch!

My mom purchased a small house down the street from us. We spent several months updating the house before my Mom moved into her new home. When renovated her house, we painted all the door hinges in her new home WITHOUT removing the doors.

Fast forward…we recently updated my craft room. As part of this renovation process, we painted the doors and hinges. We did remove the doors because I also painted the doors.

In both instances, we ordered new black doorknobs and painted the hinges to match so we decided to spray paint them flat black.

Before and After Pictures

Below is a picture before we painted the door and hinges in my craft room.

Below is a picture after we painted the doors and hinges (and renovated the room):

Materials needed for painting door hinges:

  • Drill with bits or screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • flat bar (or can use a flat screwdriver)
  • Soap and water (and maybe some type of cleaning spray)
  • Scrub brush
  • Sandpaper (if the hinges are smooth and need to be “roughed up”)
  • Flat Black spray paint
  • Some type of drop cloth, plastic, cardboard, wood, etc. as a pallet for spray painting
  • Black paint or black Sharpie (for touching up screw heads)

Removing the hinges:

If you DON’T WANT TO TAKE THE DOORS OFF THE HINGES, then you can do this in stages. I did this in our previous house and it worked like a charm!

  1. First, remove (using a drill with a bit or a screwdriver) and paint all the top hinges, and then reinstall them. SEE DIRECTIONS BELOW FOR HOW TO PREPARE, PAINT, ETC. 
  2. Next, remove and paint all the middle hinges and then reinstall them.
  3. Finally, remove and paint all the bottom hinges and then reinstall them. It will take a little extra time (maybe a few days) because of the drying time, but it was much easier than removing the doors.

Removing hinges in preparation for painting your door hinges: 

Close the door so you can access the pin that holds the two hinge pieces together. Use a flat bar or a flat screwdriver and pry the hinge pin in an upward direction. You might need to use a hammer to tap the flat bar or a screwdriver to jar the pin loose. Warning: The pin might be greasy, so don’t get this on your clothes. Once you remove the pin, open the door and use a drill and bit or screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding the hinges in place. Remember, just remove one hinge at a time if you don’t want to remove your doors. Be careful not to strip the heads of each screw. You want to reuse these screws if possible.

Sand if the hinges are new or have a smooth surface:

If the hinges are relatively new or have a smooth surface, roughly sand them to create a more porous painting surface. This will help the paint stick.

Clean the hinges:

I used warm water and dish detergent to clean all the hinges; this will ensure the paint sticks. If your hinges are really dirty, use a more abrasive cleaner to ensure a clean paint surface.

Layout the hinges:

I used a leftover piece of cardboard as my pallet.

Shake spray paint before painting the door hinges:

We used black flat spray paint. Be sure to read and follow the directions on the spray paint. Shake the can for several minutes to ensure the paint is even mixed in the can. There is a ball in the can so you should be able to hear the ball easily moving.

Spray painting the door hinges:

It is crucial to paint all the angles. As hinges open and close, different sections of the hinges are seen. It is very easy to miss a section (as I initially did). If you do miss a section, just remove and touch up – – no biggie!

Tips on spray painting:

  • Hold several inches away from the hinges.
  • As you spray paint, keep the can moving (i.e. don’t concentrate in one spot so as not to have drips).
  • It is better to spray paint several coats rather than apply the spray paint too heavy. Patience is the key!

Ensure each section of each door hinge gets painted:

Click HERE to watch a video that shows each stage of spray painting.

Lay them flat on one side and spray paint. Make sure you paint the edges. Allow them to dry. Don’t rush this process!

After the hinges dry, flip over and paint the other side. Make sure you spray paint the edges. Let them dry.

Then prop them up, spray paint, and allow them to dry.

Then open the hinges and lay them flat. Spray paint and allow them to dry.

Be sure to open and close the hinges and examine them from multiple points of view to ensure all visible parts have been painted.

Be sure not to rush! Take your time so each hinge has an even coat of paint

Paint the Screws

You have two options for painting screws.

Option 1:

Install the hinges and paint them in place with black flat paint and an artist’s brush.

Option 2:

Stick each screw in cardboard (maybe use a box) and spray paint. You will likely have to touch them up once you install the doors. Do this with black flat paint and an artist’s brush or with a black Sharpie.

Reinstalling the freshly painted door hinges:

Once the hinges are painted, reinstall using a drill and bit or a screwdriver. Be sure you reinstall the hinges correctly. See the graphic below to understand how the hinge works.

In addition, our YouTube video has some helpful hints (starting at 6:15) in reinstalling the door.

Here is a closeup after the screws were painted in place at my Mom’s house.

Below is the final result of our freshly painted door hinges at my Mom’s house.

The picture below is the freshly painted door AND HINGES in my craft room after we renovated.

Below is a before and after picture you can pin for later. The before picture is before we installed vinyl floor planks.

painting door hinges Pinterest post

And now enjoy your updated hinges. Isn’t it amazing how this small change makes your doors look so much better?

Special Note about doorknobs: Because doorknobs need to be more durable due to constant contact, we opted to purchase and install all new doorknobs. It was worth the investment.

Check out our NEW YouTube video that also details how to paint hinges. It is worth the watch!

Tell us what you think or if you have questions, please comment below.

17 Comments

  1. Sabrina on 02/07/2020 at 10:28 AM

    I have mismatched hinges and am gonna do this!!!!!

  2. Karen on 02/07/2020 at 4:56 PM

    You guys are clever!

  3. Jane on 02/08/2020 at 9:30 AM

    What you did really changes the look of the doors. Nice work!

    • Cindy ritz on 10/10/2020 at 10:26 PM

      A really great idea for a really polished look. I love it. Thanks for the detailed writing.

  4. Kristina on 04/01/2020 at 10:39 AM

    Have you noticed the paint scrapping off the hinges from opening and closing the doors?

    • Suzanne on 04/02/2020 at 8:39 AM

      Hey Kristina,

      Great question! No, we have not noticed any paint coming off. We have done this in a previous house and it lasted the entire time we lived there (7 years) without any issues. I think the trick is to properly prepare the hinges (make sure they are very clean). Also, make sure you don’t rush the spray painting. Take your time and do a thorough job of painting them. This is a project you don’t want to rush.

      I hope that helps! Thanks for reading our blog!

      Suzanne

  5. Wendy on 03/18/2021 at 10:20 AM

    Would you recommend a flat clear top coat for the hinges?

    • Suzanne on 03/18/2021 at 6:19 PM

      Hey Wendy,

      There is no harm in adding a clear coat, but I would just use high-quality spray paint and not put a clear coat on the hinges. We have done this in multiple houses and not had any issue with the paint not lasting.

      I hope this helps!

      Suzanne

  6. Tara on 04/26/2021 at 8:30 PM

    Would this be as effective/hold up as well for kitchen cupboard hinges, with the amount of open and closing they have vs a door.

    • Suzanne on 04/27/2021 at 10:50 AM

      Hey Tara,

      That is a great question. Over the years, we have painted many kitchen cabinets and replaced hardware (included hinges). I am trying to remember if we painted the hinges on any of the kitchen cabinets or not. I have painted similar hinges on furniture. I actually spraypainted the hinges on this entertainment center and we have not had any issue with the paint chipping off. Granted, we don’t use it as much as kitchen cabinets. I would try doing this. The only investment would be a can (maybe a few cans) of spraypaint and your time. If they don’t last, you could repaint or replace over time. Suggestions as you spray paint: 1) Select a high quality spray paint 2) Be sure to not over paint when spraying; it is better to do multiple coats rather than thick coats of paint. Allow for adequate time to dry between coats. Patience is the key on this part. Typically, I spray paint a coat and then go do something else inbetween coats of paint. 3) Make sure you open and close them and reposition them many different ways to get each part that is exposed. When you think you have good coverage, double check yourself by putting up to the cabinet base as it would be installed and open and close it to be sure adequate coverage.

      Let me know what you decide to do and how it goes. Thanks for reading my blog!

      Happy Home Improvement!

      Suzanne

    • Suzanne on 04/27/2021 at 10:50 AM

      Hey Tara,

      That is a great question. Over the years, we have painted many kitchen cabinets and replaced hardware (included hinges). I am trying to remember if we painted the hinges on any of the kitchen cabinets or not. I have painted similar hinges on furniture. I actually spraypainted the hinges on this entertainment center and we have not had any issue with the paint chipping off. Granted, we don’t use it as much as kitchen cabinets. I would try doing this. The only investment would be a can (maybe a few cans) of spraypaint and your time. If they don’t last, you could repaint or replace over time. Suggestions as you spray paint: 1) Select a high quality spray paint 2) Be sure not to over paint when spraying; it is better to do multiple coats rather than thick coats of paint. Allow for adequate time to dry between coats. Patience is the key on this part. Typically, I spray paint a coat and then go do something else inbetween coats of paint. 3) Make sure you open and close them and reposition them many different ways to get each part that is exposed. When you think you have good coverage, double check yourself by putting a hinge up to the cabinet base as it would be installed then open and close it to be sure adequate coverage.

      Let me know what you decide to do and how it goes. Thanks for reading my blog!

      Happy Home Improvement!

      Suzanne

    • Betsy on 02/01/2022 at 6:17 PM

      I have kitchen hinges that were painted before I bought this house. The paint is scraping off these hinges. HOWEVER, I think that these hinges were painted with a brush at the same time the cabinets were painted. Sprayed paint is probably not as thick as painted on paint, right?

      • Suzanne on 02/01/2022 at 8:42 PM

        Betsy,
        Several thoughts on this. First, it really depends on a few things…
        1. How the hinges were originally prepped. It does not sound like they were removed, cleaned, and lightly sanded to rough up to accept the paint.
        2. The quality of paint used.
        I actually like using Rustoleum spray paint because it adheres really well to metal. But again, it is essential that the hinges are cleaned, roughed up, and have good coverage (not one thick coat of paint but multiple light coats of paint with ample time to dry between coats of paint).
        I hope this helps!
        Suzanne

  7. Joan Hout on 07/21/2021 at 11:15 AM

    I had a hard time removing the pin on my entry door hinges. How do I ensure when I paint the hinge that the paint wont get inside and keep the pin from going back in?

    • Suzanne on 07/21/2021 at 3:45 PM

      Hey Joan,
      Great question! We have not had an issue with that and we have done this to multiple doors in multiple houses. However, if some paint does get in the hole where the pin goes, it should just get scraped off when you reinsert the pin. You might have to use a hammer to get the pin to go all the way down. If you scratch off some of the paint on the pin when using a hammer, just touch it up with a black sharpie or some touch-up black paint. I hope this helps!
      Suzanne

  8. Zannie on 11/02/2021 at 12:43 AM

    Question about using a clear coat with matte paint: is there any problem putting a polycrylic in a satin finish on a matte spray paint? I realize this may “undo” how matte it turns out, and I’m ok with that, I just don’t want high gloss on high gloss. But if they’re actually incompatible for chemical reasons, I’ll purchase a more appropriate top coat. Thanks, nice looking project!!

    • Suzanne on 11/04/2021 at 8:36 AM

      Hey Zannie,
      That is a good question. I am not sure. We just used the flat enamel spray paint without adding anything over it and they have held up great. It has been about 2+ years since we did this. When I have a complex paint question, I call Sherwin Williams; they are so knowledgeable about paint. Sorry I did not have a better answer.
      Suzanne

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