Update from ssanke: The key to making the finish on your spray-painted hardware durable is to sand/rough up every surface before spraying with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. (Best I've found for updating hardware.) Also, it's best to do several LIGHT coats or you will get drips. Let dry COMPLETELY before re-installing. I replaced many of my standard knobs with "the real deal" but I did this for larger, more costly handlesets. It's holding up great on our back door which gets *heavy* use.
"I should be mopping the floor" blogger (yep that's the blog name & her blog is funny) explains how to bring an old piece of furniture back to life. Aspects from repairing damaged wood, stripping, sanding, poly top to painting & staining sanded areas for that weathered look.
How To Paint Trim: a complete tutorial for transforming an outdated house just by using paint! Really awesome advice and great pics! We are in the middle of updating the house and I wish I would have read this last week! Will def use going forward!