Readily available, inexpensive hinges and pulls can be turned into classy accents for your furniture
Synopsis: Gary Rogowski and Stephen Winchester explain how to make zinc-coated steel or brass hardware look antique. Rogowski likes simple, not showy, hardware, and his method for taking the shine off brass just takes a few hours. He removes the protective finish found on most modern hardware by soaking it in lacquer thinner overnight. Then he puts it in an ammonia chamber, and after it’s done, coats it in paste wax. Winchester patinates steel by removing the zinc coating with muriatic acid, then rinsing the hardware with cold water, drying it, and heating it up until it’s red-hot. He does this in his woodstove. After it cools, he brushes each piece with a toothbrush and applies a coat of wax. Both authors include helpful tips and important safety considerations.
Just as you can choose a stain to get the exact wood color you want and a finish for…