Removing Paint from Hardware

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Say hello to my recently acquired French provincial dresser from Goodwill.  All she needs is a new paint job and a hardware update and she’ll be good as new.  That’s where my handy tutorial for removing paint from hardware comes in.

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 The hardware on this particular piece has a layer of paint that looks like it could be older than me.  Luckily, the process for removing it is really simple.

Ingredients:
8 cups water
1/2 cup baking sodaThat’s right.  Two ingredients.  Both of which you probably already have.

Step-by-Step Process:

1.  Mix your water and baking soda together and bring to a boil

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 2.  Place your painted hardware into the boiling pot, cover, and boil for 20 minutes

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 3.  After 20 minutes, remove the hardware and use an old toothbrush to brush the loose paint from the hardware

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That’s it!  After being boiled, the paint should flake right off, leaving you with the original hardware to do with what you please.

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 If you want a tutorial for restoring that original hardware to its former glory, check out my Restoring Old Hardware post.  I promise it’s as easy as removing the paint!  Oh, and it will get you one step closer to seeing that French provincial dresser makeover.  It’s totally worth it…

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