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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Updating Hardware Without Spray Paint or Chemicals


Learn how to SAVE MONEY by updating old hardware without using spray paint or chemicals
Last Friday, I shared my grandfathers dresser makeover and today I'm sharing how I saved money by updating the original hardware.  I would have loved to go out and buy all new hardware, but that would have added a rather large expense to this makeover.  The dresser will eventually end up in our laundry room and since I'm probably the only one who's going to see it, I just couldn't justify the added expense.

I normally update hardware with spray paint, but this time I wanted to try something different.  I wanted the pulls to have a variation in color and knew I could achieve that look with regular old acrylic paint.


I started by first sanding the shiny gloss finish off the hardware with fine grit sandpaper.  Make sure you don't skimp on the sanding, it's very important if you want your paint to stick well.  I used a fine grit sanding block, which worked out great.
Next, it was time to paint.  I used metallic gray and metallic gold acrylic paint, first painting on the gray then adding the gold once the gray was almost dry.

How to update hardware without spray paint or chemicals
It's very important not to let the gray dry before you add the gold.   If you let the paint dry you will essentially just be covering up the first coat of paint.  Adding the gold overtop while the gray paint is still wet allows the colors to blend nicely together.
How to update hardware without spray paint or chemicals
Once the paint was dry I gave them a quick sanding before adding them to the dresser. How to update hardware without spray paint or chemicals

Learn how to SAVE MONEY by updating old hardware without using spray paint or chemicals
I couldn't be happier with how they turned out and especially love that this project was totally free, which is way cheaper than going out and buying new hardware.


10 comments:

  1. Oh how clever! Love how you blended the colors to give it a nice vintage look - I had no idea that arcylic paint could go on drawer handles! Genius.

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    1. Ha, I didn't either until I gave it a try. So far they have held up great!

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  2. This hardware looks amazing....and you made it look so easy! "Free" projects are the best when they look like you spent a fortune!

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  3. That hardware turned out beautifully... and you can't beat free!

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  4. Dude! These look totally expensive! I love the antiqued look you achieved! I'm going to give this a try on some of my hardware.

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  5. Great work!. I just painted some hardware, and it was clumsy at best. I'll try this technique next.Thanks so much.

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  6. You did an excellent job Katie. I really like your writing style and how you express your ideas. Thank you.

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  7. I have spray painted many times, but still not proficient in painted some hardwware. Thank for sharing your experiences.

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