- JEREMIAH 29:11 -
March 23, 2017
Hey friends! It's been a while since I've posted, I know. I've been busy working on the shop a lot lately, so my projects have been here and there, sometimes partially finished (tell me, I'm not the only one right??). As some of you may or may not know, our little family of 3 (and one fur baby!) is currently living in an RV. Well, being the person that I am, I can't leave anything alone without adding my own touch! So I've been slowly "renovating" our little house. It's getting closer to where I can show you what I've done without you going "ACK! WHAT IS THAT UGLY THING?" lol as you can imagine, the space is small so I haven't really been able to just show you one area without you seeing the outdated decor right next to it. But, progress right? Still, I can't bring myself to photograph anything until it's almost next to finished - it would ruin the suspense anyway ;)
Today I'd like to share with you how I updated our brass hardware with almost NO WORK, NO MONEY, and a TON of payoff! I knew I wanted to update the hardware to something black/oil rubbed when we first moved into the RV, but seeing as there were handles EVERYWHERE, I knew I couldn't replace them (after all, it's only temporary that we're here). I thought, ok, what about spray paint? Then I read horror stories about what happens if you don't prep and prime and then after reading about all the work prepping and priming involved I nixed that idea and started doing research....
My basic idea was, "What if I could strip the brass?" So I went to my dad - the man with all the answers (hehe...but not today), "Dad can I strip this brass plating off?" "Nope. It's electroplated on." I stared at him, blinked a couple times while my brain went other places and then said, "I'm gonna go google that. There's gotta be a way." Sure enough, 10 minutes later I had my solution and I gave him a good ol' "Told ya so!" :P Once I stripped the brass off, my handles were just silvery nickel - much better already! So I did some more googling - gun bluing! And bam, I made the impossible possible! Dad was impressed :) Read on to see how I did it!!
You may already have some of these items at home, but if not, it shouldn't cost you more than $20. You'll need about a day and a half from start to finish but there is very minimal actual work time! I think you're going to love this! Especially if you live in an older home and just don't have it in the budget to replace the hardware - that stuff gets expensive!!! So are you ready??? Let's go!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you did, please do me a favor and pin it! If it saves you some money and allows you to make your home into the beauty you know it to be, then I've done my job :) And that way, you can put your money where you really want it - because it's not a budget; it is creatively allocated finances hehe! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to like and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for more great ideas like this one!
October 27, 2017
I followed instructions to a T, but my handles are dark grey instead of black. I guess it would be gunmetal grey. The color is gorgeous & I will use them, but I was wondering if your handles are black? Maybe I didn’t leave the Gun Blue on long enough. One of my handles was spotchy, so I rinsed it in cold water & used steel wool then Gun Blue & it came out perfect. Thanks for this wonderful project…gunmetal grey looks much better than the brass.
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