…painting hardware tutorial

I’ve had a few requests to do a tutorial on How & When to Paint Hardware on furniture. Voila! I had the perfect dresser that I was refinishing for Ann in Old White to demonstate on.

When painting hardware, my rule of thumb is that if it is old/antique-looking and a dark metal I take it off, put it aside while painting the dresser and then put it back on when done. Meaning, I DON’T PAINT IT. If it is brassy, too funky, not shabby or too modern I will either a) replace hardware with something more suittable or b) paint it.

I know it does not seem natural to paint the hardware to some, but you will be surprised at the look it will give you. It’s a softer, European-type of look and makes the piece more cohesive.

I promise you, after all your hard work refinishing a piece you do not want to stick on any brassy or cheap-looking hardware. It will ruin your piece & shabby-chic look.


When painting hardware use a smaller brush for the detail work. When going over with your clear wax be sure to wipe down all the metal completely. It will just sit on the metal and will not be absorbed and you don’t want to be wiping wax of your finger tips when reaching for clean socks.

Lastly, to all those concerned & caring readers out there, Ollie-the-indoor-cat that almost made an appearance in the tutorials in inside safe & cozy. His adventure she did tire him out. And yes he is curled next to a vintage tea pot.IMG_3246



  1. Denise James says:

    Thanks Christen – I appreciate and learn something new from all of your tutorials!
    Warm Regards,

  2. Ann says:


    Coincidentally, my name is also Ann and I have the (almost) identical piece that I wanted to paint in Old White. I didn’t know what to do with the hardware so I’m really glad to see your post. (So many coincidences, seems like the universe is telling me to get to this project!)

    Do you have any ‘after’ pictures to share? I’m getting more comfortable with Annie Sloan paints and waxes, but the Old White and Dark Wax combo is pretty intimidating! I would love to see your results.

    Thanks for all the great tutorials.


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