How to clean, prep and paint hardware.
There are so many options when it comes to painting hardware. But no matter which method you choose, you know that you want to keep that vintage hardware. I often prefer to keep the original vintage hardware with the piece of furniture over replacing. The old hardware is more often than not made very well, has great details, and often suits the piece perfectly. Understandably there are cases where a piece requires new knobs and pulls and that’s ok too, but I am a huge fan of holding on to original hardware when possible. I am sharing a step by step process on how to paint hardware. See all the projects with painted hardware here to see how often and easy it is, as well as different finishes that can be achieved on old hardware: Painted hardware
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Vintage Hardware Before Paint
Here is a glimpse of the hardware taken right off the piece. It has many years of dirt and grime but they are solid quality pulls.
As you can see in the zoomed in photo, this hardware is pretty ‘icky’ BUT completely savable! With just a few simple steps you can prep and paint hardware to make it pretty again.
This next step hasn’t failed me yet when it comes to cleaning the layers of gunk off of old hardware. All you need is a large pot, stove, and good old-fashioned baking soda.
Drop your dirty hardware in a pot with water, heat it up and add some baking soda.
I don’t even measure how much I use. I just dump some in. If I had to guess it’s maybe around half of a cup.
I would suggest keeping an eye on the pot to make sure the bubbles don’t boil over.
After around fifteen minutes you can drain the water, don’t be surprised by the nasty brown color it turns. Then with an old toothbrush, give the hardware a scrub and then rinse with clean water to remove the baking soda residue.
Once rinsed your hardware should be clean of the grime.
I should also mention that the top of your stove will have splatter marks that turn white when dry, so please make sure to clean the stove when finished. My husband wants to kill me if I clean hardware and forget to wipe off the splatter. Since we have a black stove a simple wipe down can save a marriage.
Prep for Paint
Next, take a piece of sandpaper and scuff up the hardware. By scuffing you will give the hardware a bit of ‘tooth’ for the paint to grab a hold of.
Make sure to wipe away any dust left on the hardware as a result of scuffing.
Once your hardware is all ready you can paint. For this project, in particular, we are making the hardware a matte black, so I start with a true black chalk type paint. You can find great paint options online HERE If you want a true black then you’ll want to get the color caviar.
Go ahead and paint the hardware in your color of choice. You can put your hardware on a paper plate to paint them.
You don’t have to worry about being super tidy with this step as you can see. I probably got the same amount of paint on the paper plate as I did on the hardware.
Sealing Painted Hardware
Lastly, when you paint hardware you also need to seal it for protection. You can use the same sealer as you use on your painted furniture. I prefer to seal my painted hardware with the clear sealer from Dixie Belle found HERE. When sealing black painted hardware like these, I will often add a little black paint or black sealer to my sealer as well.
If you are new to furniture painting and want to learn how to update old furniture with paint you can always start at the beginning with How to Paint Furniture – a Beginners Guide.
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