Today, I’m featuring tips for furniture hardware, whether you are painting, cleaning, or removing paint. The look of hardware on a furniture piece can make a big difference and making changes to what you already have can save a lot of money.
I’m sharing tips I have used for my furniture makeovers which will hopefully give you ideas and the confidence to get started on making changes to the pulls and hinges on your furniture piece. My ways may not be the perfect solution and some have been created out of error ( as you will see with my chifferobe makeover).
Here are some ideas to get started on your project….
Painting Ring Pulls: I had to get pretty creative with my latest furniture project when it came to painting the drawer pulls. I am one who likes to keep with the original hardware on a piece of furniture as much as possible, but these ring pulls presented a bit of a challenge.
I wasn’t able to just lay these ring pulls onto a cardboard piece and start spray painting like usual. The rings laid right against the base, so there would be a part of the base that wouldn’t get painted and the ring would have stuck to the base had I sprayed it and laid it down to dry. What was I to do? Well, go into my shed and grab the weed eater line of course. Doesn’t everyone do that when they spray paint drawer pulls? Probably not, but this was the only idea I could come up with.
And while I was in the shed, I grabbed the small garden stakes to tie the weed eater line. It was like putting together a small clothes line.
I set up my work station right under our pine trees and hung the ring pulls right across the line. It wasn’t long after I hung them up when the wind came and turned them sideways, so I needed something to keep them stable.
Thank you Amazon…
Once the idea came to me, it was so easy to put together and spray paint my ring pulls. The small pulls stood on their own, but the larger ones did not, so they were the ones I hung on the line. I was able to coat the pulls evenly with the spray paint thanks to the line holding the rings and the box supporting the base of the pulls. They turned out great….
Cleaning Old Hardware: What if you aren’t painting and just want to make the pulls shine again? That’s exactly what I did with these drawer pulls on my Grandaddy’s old toolbox that I repurposed as a beverage cart. It took just three things to get this job done…Cameo Stainless steel cleaner, steel wool, and elbow grease.
Cameo is my favorite stainless steel cleaner…
See what a difference it made?
You can still see the age on the pulls even after cleaning, but now they have character without all the dirt and grime.
Removing Paint from Hardware: The truth is, I’m not in favor of painting over hardware…although I have done it before. It’s just not my preference and only becomes a problem when I want to remove the old paint. I’ve come across a few pieces with painted hardware, including this hutch that was a family piece. It once belonged to my husband’s Grandmother and now sits in his mother’s kitchen. It is a beautiful piece and we wanted to keep the original hinges. We removed the paint with Strypeeze, which did a great job removing the paint but is pretty harsh as far as smell and handling goes. You’ll need to use caution and the proper equipment if you decide to go with Strypeeze.
My mother-in-law was pleased that we were able to keep the original hinges, and they really stand out now!
Distressed Pulls: This project was accidental, but was easy to do and turned out better than I expected. I found these drawer pulls for around $2 a piece at Lowe’s to replace the pulls on my daughter’s chifferobe I was refinishing. I know I said I usually like to keep with the original hardware, but not with this makeover. I did not like the original hardware at all…
Although this started out as a mistake, it was easy to do and turned out great. I found these drawer pulls for around $2 a piece at Lowe’s to replace the pulls on my daughter’s chifferobe I was refinishing.
I went a little too heavy on the spray paint here, and as I began wiping off some of the excess paint before spraying again, I started to like the look it was creating as it took some of the paint off the raised surfaces of the pulls. I waited for the rest to dry, and lightly went over the raised areas with a 220 sandpaper.
I now had a distressed look with pulls that were brand new…
Advice for Spray Painting Hardware: My advice for the best surface to paint hardware would definitely be cardboard. It wasn’t just a good support for my ring pulls above, it’s also good for securing your pulls by pushing the screws through. I had a contractor once tell me that cardboard was best to paint the tops of screws for things like switch plates. You just push the screws through the cardboard and spray paint the tops.
I was able to keep some of the original pulls with this dresser makeover…
I hope these tips gave you some ideas for your next furniture project. Hardware makes all the difference in your furniture piece and spray painting or removing the paint from the original pieces are the best way to save money.