Hardware: Spraying, Buffing, and Cleaning
We offer a few different options when it comes to hardware. There are many ways to freshen up old, vintage hardware. Usually, the original hardware is more solid and better-suited for the piece, but there are also times when updating the hardware makes all the difference! It depends on the look you want. Here are some examples of what we do to hardware around here.
Often when we do pieces in white or lighter colors, we will leave the darker, tarnished hardware as it is. It can create some good contrast on lighter surfaces and helps to maintain some of the vintage feel after a piece gets transformed. Sometimes the tarnish brings out the details of the hardware, adding dimension. In many cases, it’s best not to fix what isn’t broken!
Oftentimes, this beautiful brass is underneath a tarnished handle. We can easily clean it up using our professional rotary buffer. This is a great option if you’re looking for a bright brass finish. However, sometimes, we start to buff a piece of hardware and find out that it was in fact plated. If it was plated, then it’s likely silver underneath. That is great if you want silver, but not if you were hoping for brass. When this happens, we either stop and leave it the darker color, spray it, or change it all together.
We’ve gone through quite a few different sprays for hardware. It’s hard to get a true brass or true silver look, but we can get close. This hardware turned out really pretty sprayed! This can be a good option when you like the feel and look of the original hardware, but desperately want it to be a certain color. We recommend exploring the other two options above before landing on spray, but sometimes, spraying is the best route to take.
If you’re willing to spend a little extra money, replacing the hardware can really transform a piece. Sometime people come in and they really don’t want the piece to look vintage at all. It is possible to disguise the vintage elements by picking a piece with straight lines and then changing the hardware. It just depends what look you want!
These are the places we like to look for hardware:
Hardware can be the last choice you make on a piece, but it’s an important one and can really change the entire look!