100 DIY Upgrades for Under $100
Strip Paint-Caked Door Hardware
How to do it: Buy a thrift-store Crock-Pot and fill it with water and 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent. Drop in hinges, knobs, and escutcheons. Heat on medium overnight. By morning, the paint will be falling off the metal.
Estimated cost: About $5 for the pot