Friday, August 13, 2010

Frugal Friday - Hardware on a Budget

This is my inspiration from Pottery Barn. Isn't she lovely (: As I continue to complete projects in the bedroom makeover, frugal ideas are plentiful (: The dresser is getting a face lift, which includes white paint and replacing the wood handles with new hardware. Hopefully the end result will resemble the chest below...

Being frugal is just in my nature, so I'm wanting to use anything I might have on hand instead of buying new. Many of us have these brass knobs and mine are in pretty sad shape. Shiny brass hardware of any kind isn't my reminds me of the 80's. Is it just me?

When I found brushed steel knobs on sale for $0.75, I immediately changed out the brass knobs in my kitchen. With the switch, all of this extra hardware was just sitting around waiting to be used (: I couldn't pass up the chance to transform these little guys into something better.

The solution? Why paint and Mod Podge of course! I simply applied 3 coats of black acrylic paint in a dabbing motion to give an iron or hammered texture...nothing too severe, just something subtle.

Then three coats of Mod Podge to seal the deal (: If you're trying this, make sure to add a little water to your brush during the Mod Podge application so it won't leave any brush strokes behind.

If you want this to be permanent I suggest a base coat of Kilz primer first. Then after the Mod Podge phase, use a sealer of some sort. The reason I'm skipping these two steps is because the brass knobs belong to the apartment I'm renting. When I leave, the knobs stay.

After a few days of soaking in hot soapy water, the paint comes right off, yet it's strong enough for everyday wear and tear. Pretty neat, huh? I did this in my previous apartment with great results!

Here's my sweet dresser sporting her lovely new "iron" knobs. She's a little distressed from the many years of use, but her coat of white will be completed soon enough (: Don't forget to stop by on Makeover Monday for the final results!

If you're wanting to change your hardware but don't have the funds, get frugal and grab your paint brush! Great results are only a few cents away!!

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  1. Can't wait to see the end result. I have a cabinet I want to do this with. I really must just get in and do it.
    Thanks for stopping by today and leaving your lovely message Michele. It's nice to hear from different people every now and then.

  2. I'm sure the dresser is going to look great....can't wait to see it!

  3. Bonjour Michele,
    You do have loads of great tips - anxious to see the final reveal!
    Bon week-end,

  4. Great inspiration! What a good idea. So far so good, and we can't wait to see the finished product! Have a fun weekend. :-)

  5. Cool idea, Michele! TFS

  6. What a cool idea for the knobs, I never thought to use Mod Podge to seal them. Thanks for the tip!

  7. They really do look like iron! We just changed out all the hardware on our doors in the house. We also changed style though so we didn't paint them. I had so much brass in this house when we moved in and I've been de-brassifying ever since!

  8. Can't wait to see it! Hurry up, lol!


  9. that is one spiffy idea for painting without permanence! the knobs look fantastic :)

  10. great transformation and easy up-cycling!

  11. Thanks for the great idea! La

  12. Great idea,I can t wait to see it:))
    the knobs looks nice:) Hugs, Biljana

  13. Hey there! Just wanted to say thanks for becoming my first follower! I am so excited!

    Your blog is great! I became a follower!

  14. G'day~Thanks for sharing, can't wait to see the entire room.~Cheers Kim

  15. That turned out so great!

    I'm going to show the hardware on the cabinets in my apartment on Monday. You won't believe it!!

  16. super idea, i never woulda thought of that! neat trick!

  17. I should have asked you about brass candlesticks before I threw them away when the spray paint bubbled up!

  18. Great tutorial! I learned something new... LOVE the hammered effect. I'm putting you in the SPOTLIGHT at the PoPP this weekend. Thanks for sharing with us!


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