Updating the hardware on your furniture makeovers doesn’t need to be timely or difficult to be beautiful. When it’s appropriate, I like to spray paint hardware for furniture to complement the finish I’m doing. It’s a quick and easy process that dramatically changes the way the hardware looks and can a lot of value to your piece.
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How To Quickly Update That Ugly Hardware
How To Clean Hardware Before Spray Painting
Before you can spray paint hardware, be sure to clean it well. Years of grime and dirt and even loose paint can cause the paint not to adhere well, and you’ll have a nasty sticky mess on your hands.
To clean the hardware before painting, pour white distilled vinegar into a container with the hardware. Add enough to cover them completely.
After several hours or soaking overnight in the vinegar, use a brush to clean them well. An old toothbrush works well for detailed hardware.
*Do not brush your teeth with this toothbrush after using it for cleaning old hardware. Add it to your furniture refinishing tool kit! It sounds like a no-brainer, but I want to make that super clear. 🙂
If you want to speed up the process or have old paint that needs to be removed from the hardware, you can add a vinegar and water mixture (1:1 ratio) to a crockpot and set it on high and cook the grunge and paint off. It works like a charm!
This can be a stinky process, so you’ll want to do this in a location other than inside your home. Be mindful that old paint can also contain lead and be harmful if the fumes are inhaled. Protect your hands and lungs! I have an old crockpot that I found at the goodwill and have designated it for all my hardware cooking.
*Do not reuse the crockpot to cook food in after cleaning hardware. The chemicals in old paints can be harmful if ingested.
Rinse with clear water and allow to dry.
How To Spray Paint Hardware
When you spray paint hardware, be sure to use good quality paint that adheres to most surfaces. I like Rust-oleum paint and primer in one.
Holding the can about 6-8 away, spray a light coat, and allow to dry. I find it’s better to add layers than to paint a thick coat on all at once. Allow drying 24 hours in a controlled environment, and then they’re ready for installation.
Want to see how this one turned out? CLICK HERE to see how I painted bold stripes on this french provincial dresser. Thanks for joining me today, and I hope that this will inspire you to be creative in your furniture makeovers. I’d love to know how you update your hardware. Do you paint or leave the original finish? Please drop me a comment below. Happy painting!
Until the next project… xo, Do