I am kicking myself, y’all.
I’ve spray painted and Rub ‘N Buffed so many pulls and knobs over the years – I had no idea how to clean them.
Don’t get me wrong – there are sometimes when you want a bold colored knob, but sometimes I just want that hardware restored to its former glory.
I had no clue how to restore hardware to its former glory though.
Until a few weeks ago.
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First off, thank you to Jennifer from Dimples & Tangles for sharing this product when she cleaned up some silver trays. She’s just awesome, y’all.
How to Restore Hardware
The hardware in the photo above is what was original to the vintage radio that I just turned into a bar cabinet. I almost spray painted them, but decided first to give Bar Keeper’s Friend a try.
I had only used it to clean real brass before, and I was pretty sure this hardware wasn’t real brass. I wasn’t sure if it would work or not, but it SO did!
First, I ran some water over the hardware, then sprinkled the Bar Keeper’s Friend on.
Next, I took an old cloth that was a little damp and rubbed it around the hardware. These pieces had some nooks and crannies, so I took an old toothbrush to really get into those. Then, I just rinsed it off and let it dry.
The top pull is from the same cabinet, just not cleaned yet.
Is that not crazy?!
I was totally baffled. And it took less than 5 minutes to clean it up!
Have you used Bar Keeper’s Friend before to restore hardware or clean anything else? I want to know what else this bad boy will accomplish!!
You can see this hardware in all its restored glory on the Vintage Radio turned Bar Cabinet.
Also guys, this IS NOT a sponsored post for Bar Keeper’s Friend – I just wanted you to know how easy it can be to restore your hardware – put that spray paint down!
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