How to age your hardware
Have you had this happen? You are super happy with the piece of furniture you just painted. You put the hardware back on, only to fit out it no longer looks good. Sound familiar? Yeah, ditto. It happens to everyone who paints furniture. No panic! I am going to show you how to easily transform your hardware into something that fits the new look of your furniture.
For this project, I choose to age some of my hardware to use with an early 1900's old-world piece I just finished. The hardware is ornate and original to the piece, so I don't want to replace it. But I want it to fit in with the new paint job. Let me show you how to do that in a very easy and quick way.
Supplies needed for this project
- Dixie Belle White Lighting
- Hammered Copper Gilding Wax
- Green Patina Gilding Wax
- Sterling Silver Gilding Wax
- Thin artisan brushes
TIP: These waxes will last for a very long time. One tin will last you months even if you use it on every piece you paint!
Start with cleaning!
Before you do anything, CLEAN your hardware! This piece is over 100 years old and there is a lot of dirt and grime on there that needs to come off. I boil my hardware in water for about 30 minutes so the dirt gets loose and then I clean it with Dixie Belle White Lightning which is an absolute must-have if you are a furniture painter.
The first coat: Hammered Copper
I started with Hammered Copper Gilding Wax and with a small brush, I went over all the hardware and covered only the top of the surface. After that, I let it dry for about 15 minutes before applying the next coat
The second coat: Green Patina
After the Hammered Copper wax dried for a while, I applied a layer of Green Patina wax. Now, as where I brushed on the Hammered Copper wax, I stippled and dabbed on the Green Patina wax because the first layer was not completely dry yet and I wanted to add some texture. You don't want to brush off the first layer. Given that this is wax, that will happen if you brush on the second layer rather than stippling.
As you can see, both the original material (the dark part) and the Hammered Copper are still visible after applying the Green Patina wax. This is what gives you the "aged" look that I was going for.
The final layer: Sterling Silver Wax
It may seem counterintuitive to add sterling silver to copper but it gives it a nice finish. Since the piece this hardware goes on has blue hues in it, the silver is a nice addition.
And just like that, your aged hardware is done! Just let it dry and harden until the next day and put it back on your furniture!
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