February 27, 2013

How to: Age brass

Hey guys!

Happy hump day! Only 2 full days left until Saturday which equal the big REPURPOSE SALE! I'm so nervous and excited to meet all of you! In case you missed it, here's the flyer for the event... hope y'all can make it :) If not, I better see you next time... dom...dom...dom.

Ok! Tonight I wanted to share with y'all some before & after photos of an antique dresser I found last week. I gave y'all a sneak peek of a entryway table a couple weeks ago as well... but now that one will be available at the sale! See below for photos!

Below is the entryway table that will be available at the sale. It is painted in a nice grey on the bottom with a rustic wood top complete with hammered black hardware. A solid piece of furniture so who ever scoops this up will be a lucky one :)

Photo via Instagram (@Homebyally)

Now, back to the real reason for this post! This beauty below I scored last week and for a decent price because she had a lot of scratches on her, including the deep one of the front there along with some other stuff that has now been fixed by yours truly ;-)

With this beauty that was made in the beautiful North Carolina ;-) came what I thought were brass hardware. But there is a difference between genuine brass and brass plated hardware. 
To test if the hardware is brass or not, you can simply take a magnet and see if it will pick up the hardware. If it does NOT pick it up, it is real brass. If it does, it's just brass plated.

In my case, my hardware was brass plated. For brass or brass plated hardware, there is a few method for renewing and cleaning the brass.

1/2 cup of salt to 1/2 cup of lemon juice... or whatever desired mix you have. Mix these two in the bowl together until you make sort of a "paste." Dip hardware in for only a few minutes and use a brillo pad to clean all the excess grime off. In my case, I wanted to do the opposite. I wanted to take off SOME parts of the grime but not all to give it a truly AGED look.

Notice how you can see where some grime has been left and some has been wiped to show the shiny brass coming through. It looks like it has been through decades of wear and tear which I love.

Now, remember the before... 

And just breathe like I did after I finished her...

I am in love and have been playing with a few vignettes for the top! I love my DIY chalkboard above with my straw wreath. But I think I need some pretty greenery for the bottom like these topiaries I stole from the living room.... or perhaps some vintage books or old lanterns! We shall see what I find!

Let me know what you think of my method of aging my hardware. If you loved this post and want to "pin it" to your Pinterest board, you can do so below. I would totally appreciate it if you did.

Take care guys and I'll see you Saturday morning hopefully! If you haven't started following along on Facebook, you can do so by clicking HERE!



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