Monthly Archives: February 2013

AFTER: Restoration of beautiful detailed vintage doorplate

I have been rediscovering the beauty of vintage hardware recently. The back door to our garage had an old doorplate that had been covered in many many layers of paint. I recently found out that it’s very easy to remove paint from small pieces of hardware like the door plate. All you need is an old pot, something that you will not be using to cook food, and a little baking soda. You just put a few tablespoons of baking soda in your old pot, fill it three-quarters of the way full with water, pop in your hardware, bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and simmer for about 15 minutes. The paint just lifts right off. ┬áThis piece of hardware had many layers of paint on it, so I did repeat the process about 3 or 4 times before all the paint came off. I love how it looks now that’s back to the original finish.

Doorplate after many layers of paint were removed

Doorplate after many layers of paint were removed

This is the door plate after one round of boiling

This is the door plate after one round of boiling

Simmering the paint off the doorplate

Simmering the paint off the doorplate

Pot purchased from the a thrift store for only $2

Pot purchased from the a thrift store for only $2

The paint literally lifts off the doorplate

The paint literally lifts off the doorplate

A vintage black ceramic knob now graces the restored doorplate

A vintage black ceramic knob now graces the restored doorplate

The detail in the doorplate is beautiful. I really enjoy it.

The detail in the doorplate is beautiful. I really enjoy it.

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BEFORE: Vintage doorplate painted over

This is the back door to our garage. An antique doorplate with beautiful detailing is hidden under many layers of paint. Check out my next post to see how I removed the paint without harsh chemicals.housepaint 020, originally uploaded by kellyinbernal.

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