After I learned the crockpot method for hardware stripping, I wanted to strip everything in my house, and trust me, there is a lot. With an almost 100 year old home, most of the hardware is paint-covered. I started with something easy and accessible, the door knobs to my tiny broom closet on the way down to the basement.
Removing the Hardware
I started by removing the knobs from the door, unscrewing the small door knob screw on the side of the knob. I then unscrewed the plate covers and the latch mechanism. Removing hardware that’s been painted over can sometimes be a pain. I often have to cut into the paint to be able to unscrew something. Luckily these pieces weren’t terribly covered, so I could unscrew them easily enough. Unfortunately when I removed the latch, I found out that it was cracked. I just ended up putting it back in place once the stripping was completed. I don’t think anyone will notice and I’m not sure how I’d find a replacement for it on such a tiny old door. Maybe I’ll have to keep an eye out.
Stripping the Hardware
I did a crockpot soak of all the pieces, including the screws, and got them all cleaned up and new. Well, I wouldn’t say they look new. There is definitely some patina, but I love that. After stripping all of the hardware, I easily installed them back onto the door. Now that the hardware is cleaned up, it’s making me realize how much this door and frame need to be painted. This whole hallway down to the basement actually needs some attention, but that will be saved for another day. Enjoy the before and afters!
Want to learn more about crock pot stripping? Check out my post How to Strip Hardware without Paint Stripper for the methods I used to strip these items and other hardware pieces in my home. Once you go crock pot, you’ll never go back!
Have you done any hardware stripping in your own home? What methods worked best for you? How did they turn out?