…beach pieces & painted hardware

This summer was a bit of a whirl-wind, but I do not believe I posed Diana’s lovely pieces. I was reminded of this when I had the pleasure of seeing her and her wonderful husband yesterday afternoon when she dropped off a few more to be refinished.


She was placing two dressers in her new beach house. There were a few decisions to be made about the hardware. It was an interesting color and as you know, my rule is if it looks old & cool then keep it. However, if you are after a softer look then you will wan to paint.


We took a look at the piece without hardware painted and she decided she wanted the hardware in the same French Linen to soften the look.



I think the hardware still looks interesting with all the crevices.

Her other piece was refinished in Country Grey with the raw hardware. You may recognize this piece from my Clear Wax w/ Rag Tutorial.





When you are deciding whether or not to leave the hardware as is just be sure you take it all off and paint the entire drawer. If later on you decide you want to change out the hardware and it’s a different shape you won’t have to touch up your piece. You want to have the freedom to change you mind – which Diana did 🙂

She brought me the hardware to paint as well as some great pieces that I’ve already started. I joked that this time I was going to deliver the pieces to her beach home myself…and stay a few days 🙂




A great piece of furniture will elevate any refinishing. Painted hardware or not, if it’s a great piece it will always look like a great piece.

PS-I heart working with great people!



  1. As always, beautiful furniture. Thank you for sharing. I have a quick question – can the leather tops on those small tables be painted? Does that require any special treatment? Thank you.

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