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    Furniture question. Should I paint brass plated drawer pulls or leave them alone?

    Getting ready to put drawer pulls back on a desk I'm refinishing. They have a nice patina, but the patina is uneven, due to wear over the years. Should I put them on the way they are or paint them with gold metallic paint?

    Here's a few pics. You guys will decide it for me. Thanks!

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    Not me! I'd leave them alone.

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    I like antique furniture as is, drawer pulls included.
    If furniture isn't valuable, sure make a project of it.
    As for the drawer pulls, try a light polish first. If you don't like the results, then paint.
    GL
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    The wear is part of the charm of original hardware. I would never paint it!
    I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it”

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    its up to you. Do what makes you happy as long as the piece is not rare that will bring down the value.
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    Thanks for all the advice, guys. A big problem I didn't consider is that the rest of the brass plated hardware (hinges and small drawer knobs) were trashed, so I painted them. Now I guess I'm forced to paint the drawer pulls so everything matches. Either that or look for vintage hinges and drawer knobs for a 1930's Governor Winthrop desk. Not easy to find those anywhere.

    When I finish working on the desk in a day or so, I'll post pictures of the finished product. I guess it's probably going to end up with shiny drawer pulls! I'll have to live with it for now. Thanks again for the input.
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    It is very easy to remove paint from brass and other metal. Just pull off the hardware and drop it into boiling water and let it sit a bit. The paint sloughs right off. This works even on hardware that has layers and layers of paint on it.

    Your finish looks awesome, by the way.
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    is that a cloth rub finish, it dosent look brushed
    nice job
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    Your finish looks awesome, by the way
    Thanks! I applied two coats of red mahogany stain and three coats of glossy polyurethane.

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    is that a cloth rub finish, it dosent look brushed
    nice job
    I applied the stain with a foam brush and then rubbed the excess off with an old T-shirt. For the polyurethane, I used a foam brush as well and sanded with 220 grit sandpaper between coats.

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    Here's a couple of photos of the finished desk. I wish I had taken some "before" photos. It was in really rough shape. Too many years in a hot attic dried it out. The old finish was flaking off and the wood was bone dry. Came out pretty nice, but I must have put in at least 20 hours on it!

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    Just beautiful. I refinished a slant front, pigeon hole desk a few years back, under it's black ebonized finish, I found stunningly beautiful Birdseye maple. The outside wasn't so bad, but doing those little inside cubbies just about drove me crazy.

    i don't know if you have a key for yours, but I visited an antique store and they were kind enough to allow me to take home a handful to find a fit and return the rest.
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    Great look to the finished product, and I'd leave it as is with the handles. 20hrs into the project or is that just into the finish part? Wood and doing a finish is a labour of love sometimes, had a trawler with a teak deck and cap and hand rails. I lost count but it was between 500-600 hrs of restoration work and it showed well, but I'd never do it again.

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    It came out nice! I'm impressed. Any ideas on the age of that drawer?
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