When we first purchased The Ashland House I had what I now recognize as “Delusions of Grandeur” when it came to all of the things I would restore. At the end of the day I restored the door hardware. I suppose restoring one element is better than the proverbial stick in the eye, right?
Lesson learned: If you want to restore a house buy a house worth restoring – not a house that needs to be gutted because everything is in terrible condition.
You expected a picture tutorial so let’s dive in:
Before I started I did some research on the internet to see what I should do. After all, everything on the internet is true. 😉
I found out that I should give the hardware a bath in warm water with a teaspoon of dish soap.
I was supposed to use an old pot from Good Will but I was too impatient to go out and get one (American Consumer Mentality rears its ugly head – then again if that were true I would have just bought new hardware) so I used an aluminum pan instead. I read there was some reason I should NOT have used aluminum but apparently that didn’t make much of an impression on me.
I covered each pan with aluminum foil, placed it on an old cookie sheet for additional support and put it in the oven at 275 degrees F for 6 hours.
This is what came out:
Next I made an ice bath for everything to speed up the cooling process:
Then the most satisfying part:
It turns out the back plates weren’t made out of brass or another fancy metal. Hmm. Maybe that’s why they were painted so many times? Or maybe they were brass plated and that plating came off because I wasn’t supposed to use an aluminum pan to strip the paint? Either way I took matters into my own hands.
While the paint was drying and awaiting a clear top coat I used some baking powder and a tooth brush to clean up the doorknobs.
Here’s the almost finished product:
As always, thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!