Brass Hardware: Polishing and Faking It

February 5th, 2012

One thing is undeniable in the DIY and design world, brass hardware is back and lately I’m totally loving it on furniture. As a child of the 80’s I admit shiny lacquered brass fixtures still don’t appeal to me, but I am drawn to the golden glow of real or antiqued brass with its warmer patina.

In the past two weeks, I’ve fixed up two pieces, one dresser and one campaign desk, and both had brass hardware I wanted to reuse.  One set of hardware was real brass, the other brass plate, and both needed a good polish.

Over the last year, I’ve also narrowed down two great substitutes for faking the patina with other hardware that you want to give a golden glow.  If you’re curious how to tell the difference between real brass and brass plate, how to polish unlacquered brass, or how to fake the look of antique brass hardware, here’s how I do it.

brass hardware polished and fake

 

Real brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and if it’s not lacquered, will tarnish with exposure to air over time.  There are two methods I use to bring back the mellow antiqued patina, one is Brasso if I have it on hand and the other is natural lemon juice and salt paste mixture.

tarnished brass hardware

 

But first, before you polish, you should know whether your hardware is real brass or brass plate.  Here’s the simple way to tell the difference.  Take a household magnet and see if it will stick to the piece, if it won’t that means the hardware is real brass, like these campaign pulls.

real brass campaign pulls

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Decorative Pillow Giveaway

February 3rd, 2012

Greetings all and happy weekend to you!  This decorative pillow giveaway is brought to you by Stylish Furniture and Decor, an online source for chic modern furniture and home accessories.  They offer something for every room from lighting to rugs to wall decor.  This weekend Stylish Furniture and Decor is offering one winner their choice of any one designer pillow (up to $270 value) and their pillow collection is divine!

decorative pillow giveaway collage

Eligibility to win the designer pillow up for grabs:

1)  Hop on over to visit the Pillow Collection and pick a favorite, then name it in a comment.

2) For a second chance to win, link to this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter, then leave a second comment naming where you linked (FB or Twitter).

One winner only, US and Canada only, up to a $270 value.  Giveaway ends Tuesday February 7, 2012 at 8 p.m. PST.  By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry

**** Also Centsational Girl readers receive a 10% discount at through the end of February with the code CENTGIRL  – happy shopping!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

Winner: #853  Autumn M.

(Autumn, I sent you an email, congrats!)

 

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DIY Paper Treat Boxes

February 2nd, 2012

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s not a holiday I decorate for but my elementary school kids look forward to it.  Apparently, word on the playground among second graders is the passing of the valentines is kind of a big deal.

Typically I buy those store-bought packs of kid Valentines and attach a lollypop, but my daughter was asking for something a little more special for her besties.  I came up with this inexpensive paper treat box made from cardstock scrapbook paper and embellished it with washi tape.

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They’ll be perfect for inserting a few sweet treats and a Valentine too.

treat box open with candy

 

To recreate, here’s what you’ll need:  11 x 11” cardstock scrapbook paper, scissors, double sided tape, measuring tape, pencil, washi or decorative tape, embellishments (optional).

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