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.
I hate stripping hardware with a passion. It’s messy, the chemicals are awful and often really smelly. Plus, you have to use precautions to protect your skin, including gloves, goggles, a mask and protective clothing. I feel like I entering a science lab whenever I need to strip a bit of paint. Luckily, my stripping woes are over and I’ve finally learned how to strip hardware without paint stripper.
I have to admit, this isn’t my original idea. I was watching Rehab Addict on HGTV and came across this tip. Instead of using a chemical paint stripper, she used an old crock pot to soak her hardware. I just had to try it.
My dad, luckily for me, has 3 crockpots and offered to let me use one to try the stripping technique. If you don’t have the opportunity to get one from a relative, you can always find one at a thrift shop on the cheap. Nicole Kurtis from Rehab Addict said to not plan on using the crock pot again for cooking, as the hardware can stain the pot and, I assume, leach into the sides. Luckily I don’t like to cook, so this wouldn’t be a problem.
I was at the Rebuilding Center the week after Christmas last year. The Rebuilding Center is this great place in Portland that sells salvaged building materials, including wood, cabinets, lighting, you name it. The inventory changes constantly so there are always cool things to check out whenever you go. I don’t think I was looking for anything in particular that day, I just like to wonder around, see what I uncover and maybe find a hidden treasure or two. On this day I came across a vintage set of cabinet doors complete with the original hardware in place. Someone was even kind enough and put the original screws in a baggy taped to the door. I thought, these definitely need a home. That’s when the inspiration hit to build a cabinet from reclaimed materials.
I stepped out with Cooper for a walk the other day, but didn’t get very far. Across the street, my neighbor had set out an old chifferobe dresser on the corner. Around here, that means it’s free for the taking! I went over with Coop and inspected the dresser. It had an adorable style with a terrible scratched paint job, a very vibrant green spray paint over white. I thought, I can make this beautiful again! Today I present my first dresser makeover. Be sure to check out the before and after’s below.