Transform Your Existing Hardware with Paint

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Updating furniture hardware is a really simple way to freshen up your home decor. 

Before you go hunting for new knobs or pulls- what about painting them?

It's great for a few reasons: 1. New hardware doesn't always come cheap  2. It might be difficult to find the right size cabinet pulls 3. It's a great way to restore your existing hardware that is chipping or scratched  4. It's totally gratifying to DIY. 

In this post, I will show you how I did a two-tone look when refinishing hardware for my bedside chests. 

The Before

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The bedside chests got a beautiful makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint Raw Silk, which immediately brightened up the antique white (ie. yellowish) colour.  

Next, hardware.

1. Remove hardware

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2. Clean hardware

Use a household cleaner/ degreaser to scrub the hardware clean first. You can use a cleaning brush (or old toothbrush) to help get in the nooks and crannies. This step will obviously vary depending on the amount of use it has had. Some recommend using vinegar to get rid of stubborn greasy spots.  Don't skip this, as the paint is less likely to adhere to grease/ dirt. 

Wait to dry before proceeding (I know, waiting is always hard!)

2. Sand

The purpose of this is to scuff up the surface to allow the paint to adhere better.  Lightly sand with a high grit sandpaper (220 and above). 

3. Prime and Paint... and Poly (optional)

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Prime or Prime/Paint.  The spray paint that I used is a paint + primer in one so I was able to do two steps in one.  I used Rust-oleum's Universal Metallic Spray Paint. The colour is called Champagne Mist. If yours does not have a built in primer, I have seen people recommend  Rust-oleum's Clean Metal Primer Spray Paint.

You need a well ventilated area for spray painting so I took them out to the garage. Although you need to be mindful of drying temperatures, as it was too cold to let them dry outside. 

 Once the spray paint was fully dry, I wanted to take an extra step to paint the top of the hardware to match the colour I used for the bedside chests. Before doing this, I lightly sanded the area and then carefully hand painted them with a small craft brush.

Tip: Use a cardboard box to help with spray painting and drying.

For extra durability, I used a Polyurethane ("Poly") top coat.

I tried a new product, Fusion Mineral Paint Wipe-On Poly.  Disclaimer: I did not use this to seal the painted bedside chests (I used Varathane Diamond Wood Matte Finish, my go-to these days), as I prefer a brush-on method for most larger projects.  

For a small project, it was great, quick to apply, and bonus- has no smell because it's non toxic (Poly's can be quite smelly). 

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