Monday, October 01, 2012

Vintage Hardware

Now that my dresser is painted, waxed and distressed it's time to deal with the hardware! I quite like the original hardware, in this case, so it just needs a little tweaking to make it perfect.

Here's what I did!

1. Soak in hot water with a little bleach for 30 minutes. Rinse well and wash with dish soap.
2. Soak in cider vinegar with a bit of water, only because I didn't have enough vinegar to totally cover all of the drawer pulls. I left it in there for about 30 minutes.
3. Rinse and scrub each piece thoroughly with dish soap and a scrub brush. Dry with a tea towel.
4. Paint with CeCe Caldwell's Santa Fe Turquoise.
5. Immediately wipe off some of the paint using a paper towel so the original brass shows through in the raised areas.

This is how they look after steps 1,2,3.

Freshly painted.

After some paint has been wiped off with a paper towel.

... the finished result!

PS. This may not be the proper way to do it, but it's how I did it and I like the results. :)


  1. You're painting up a storm! I like the turquoise colour.
    I hear that you snagged the tea trolley... it only occurred to me a few days ago to ask for it.

  2. Amazing. Beautiful. Bravo. I love them.

  3. How did you like the Cece Caldwell paint? I'm hearing wonderful things about it, but curious what makes it so amazing! Can't wait to see the dresser. :)