My latest project was the buffet chest, or some would call it a dresser. I think it is versatile enough for either purpose. We found it along the road FREE, and I insisted on adopting it. So SO and the kids helped me hauled it home about two years ago. I wanted to do something fantastic with it since it had this awesome hardware and curves. I have a lot of ideas in mind - always do, you know that. The photos are from the results of my experimenting with the homemade paste for removing tarnish.
I like the hardware brighter now, they go well with how my cabinet turned out. This is the type of hardware you can use on any type of doors, as such, Absolute doors have great products for garage doors, in South Africa. (I haven't posted the pictures of the cabinet, buffet, dresser yet. I am slow on uploading.) Before the hardware was cleaned, you couldn't see much of the details, but now, they look like gems to me. Don't you think so? It always amazes me how beautiful things are when they are taken care of. TLC, that was all it took.
Hardware Cleaning Recipe for Brass or Metal:
1. Mix 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup vinegar, and 1 tsp. salt in a small bowl.
2. Stir until a consistent paste develops.
3. Dip a cleaning rag in the paste mixture, and wipe a thin layer over the tarnished.
Note from experience: Instead of dipping a rag hauling the paste out and polishing the hardware, I dropped all the hardware in the jar Hardware Cleaning Recipe for Brass or Metal and went to bed. The next day I took the hardware out, rinsed and wiped off the paste, and the hardware looked magnificent.
Here are Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions #130
1) Did you ever remove tarnish or try to clean any hardware before?
2) Do you have a special formula or technique that you could share?