Thursday, December 08, 2011

Easy Hardware update

As promised, here's my little "how-to" for bring new life to dingy hardware.

These pulls belong to the Craigslist dresser I recently revamped (see the before and after pictures HERE)I love the campaign style hardware, but it was in sad shape.

The first thing I do when giving furniture a makeover is remove all the hardware and place it in a Ziplock bag. That way, I am less likely to lose pieces, and everything is in one spot when I'm ready to put it back together. (Label the bag if you're working on more then one project.)

Knowing the handles needed to be cleaned up if they were to look nice on a freshly painted dresser, I remembered a product used on another blog and decided this was the perfect opportunity to try it out.

Janell from and has often used Rub 'n Buff with awesome results. You can see her projects HERE, and HERE. She has some serious DIY talent!

I squeezed a tiny amount of Rub 'n Buff in Antique Gold (picked up from Michael's for under $5.00) directly onto the hardware and rubbed it around to cover the surface. Then I used an old rag to buff it until it had the finish I wanted.  If it didn't cover well enough, I just added a little more and repeated the process. The faster and messier I did it, the better it seemed to turn out! I like projects like that.

What a difference it makes! If brass or gold isn't your thing, there's a a whole slew of other finishes you could try!

(One more note: Rub 'n Buff is wax based and will stain your work surface; putting newspaper or cardboard makes clean up a cinch.)
5 comments on "Easy Hardware update"
  1. Oh man, what I wouldn't do to come across a campaign chest with brass hardware to fix! This is so pretty.


  2. Im a newcomer to the blog and I LOVE IT!! so cute! Kudos on the house projects and I LOVE this project. Campaign is so rad, isn't it? and gold rocks my socks off. love what you did!


  3. Thanks to all who stopped by and for the lovely comments! So kind!

  4. Thanks for using AMACO's Rub 'n Buff! These look great.


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