Give your old hardware new life.
First things first,
allow me to be honest. If this had been a smaller project, I probably would have used some A.C. Moore coupons to purchase new hardware. But considering I had 45 knobs (see my kitchen cabinet post) purchasing new didn’t quite fit the budget. Well, I did find out halfway into the cleaning process that one can find affordable hardware on Ebay. As to the quality of those pieces I am not certain. All of that aside, repurposing something you already have is actually quite satisfying. Before we move on to the nitty gritty, let me share a before photo of my cabinet and knobs.
It’s all in the prep!
When we installed these cabinets after moving them from their former home (again, see prior post), the knobs were bright shiny gold. Gold just isn’t our thing. Nothing wrong with it, but it just doesn’t suit our style. So my dear husband removed the knobs and quickly spray painted them a textured looking matte bronze color. No prep. Oops! He meant well god bless his heart. All surfaces in kitchens get at least a fine coating of grease unless you never actually cook in them. I hear there are actually people who have never cooked a thing in their kitchens? What!? Crazy talk I say. Anywho, we learned our lesson once the paint started to peel off the knobs and they began to feel like a toddler’s hands after eating a stack of maple syrup covered pancakes.
Hardware redo take 2
Is the above picture what’s for dinner? Well, I did actually text my mom with this picture of my boiling cabinet knobs and ask her over for dinner. Oddly she declined. Weird. So what is that mess? I read vinegar is the ticket for removing old paint from hardware and fortunately I own an old pot and always have vinegar in the house. Maybe this is a “duh” thing to mention but please don’t use a pot you use for cooking to try this method. After the vinegar and knobs came to a boil, I let them go until I saw the old paint start to peel off. Then I removed a knob using tongs (don’t burn yourselves dearies) and placed it on an old towel. After a quick dry off pat with the towel, I scrubbed the knob a bit with steel wool to remove any remaining paint and to scuff the surfaces a tad. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. The whole process probably took me about an hour.
What if the knobs haven’t been previously painted?
Then you get to skip the boiling vinegar part! Had my darling husband done this right the first time, he would have taken our gold knobs and simply cleaned them well with a degreasing product. To be on the safe side, I still recommend giving them a light scuff just to give the new paint something to grip.
The paint process
Kitchen skewers are such multitaskers. Make some kabobs for dinner or use them for painting. Here’s what I mean.
So high-tech, right? Place newspaper on grass, stick in skewers, place knobs on top, and spray away. That’s it. Seriously. I used a matte black Rust-Oleum spray paint with a built-in primer. There are plenty of other brands and colors to choose from just be sure to read instructions about drying time. This brand took very little time to feel dry to the touch but I waited a few days before putting them back on the cabinets. Not being done with the whole cabinet painting bit also had something to do with the wait.
The kitchen has been done for a few weeks now and I’m still in love with the results. Everything is holding up nicely even after wipe offs of a few cooking splatters and grime from general use.
- Steel Wool
- Degreasing product (see above)
- Old pot
- Old Towel
- Tongs or slotted spoon
- Wooden kitchen skewers
- Spray paint of choice