The Easy Way to Get Paint off of Hardware
Have you ever noticed that it’s always the little details that derail a project – like hardware or drawer pulls? I have found that I can paint a dresser, but can’t call it done because I haven’t reattached the pulls. Usually the pieces have paint caked all over them and the idea of getting it out of those crevices makes my head spin. This is the best method I’ve found to get paint off of hardware. And it doesn’t use harsh chemicals – BONUS!
We are almost done with all the new furniture pieces for my niece’s new big-girl bedroom. One coat of paint left to go on the pink details and we can call it a day. But just as we were on the final steps of deciding on whether we wanted hot pink drawer pulls or white drawer pulls, I found another task to do.
We decided that the white pulls looked better, so I set off to spray paint them. Problem was that they were already thick with layers of paint and adding more would just make it more gummy feeling.
In the past, I’ve used Citristrip to remove the paint from hardware, like on this China cabinet. But I wanted to see if one of the articles I read on just using hot water and baking soda would work.
So, I plopped all 8 of the drawer pulls into my “project pot” and added water and about 1/4 cup of baking soda.
After I put the baking soda in and it was bubbling and fizzing, I remembered that I didn’t have any “before” pics of the pulls… so I fished them out of the water…
I was working with three different pieces of furniture, so there are three different kinds of pulls – all with varying amounts of paint on them. Those black ones in the picture above, had black over hot pink over white. And I had quickly painted one of the pulls hot pink to see how it would look, so that added yet another coat of paint to the mix.
I let them boil for about 15 minutes. By then, you could see the paint peeling away from the pulls while they sat in the pot.
What didn’t come off on it’s own, I just peeled off. And what stuck in the corners and crevices was easily removed with a wooden shish-ka-bob skewer.
After peeling almost everything off, I got the rest of the remaining gunk off with soap and water and a toothbrush (not mine). In the end, this is how well them came out.
Seeing how beautiful they were almost made me sad that I had to re-paint them, but those metal tones just wouldn’t work in a pink and white princess room.
I’ve read that just boiling them in water will also remove the paint just as well, but I didn’t try that out yet. You’ll let me know if you try it, won’t you?
So, this was definitely a success, and is the way I’ll be getting paint off of hardware in the future. I love it when something so simple will do the job that everyone assumes will need harsh chemical strippers.
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UPDATE: I’ve tried not using baking soda to remove the paint, and that works too! Just follow the directions above, but don’t add anything to the water – it still comes off like magic!