Polish or Fake: Brass Hardware

Centsational Girl

Brass hardware is making a big comeback. If you have a piece with less than blingy brass, here's a primer on how to polish it to perfection or fake it to fabulous.

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Kate from Centsational Girl is one of our favorite people for how-to tips around the home. She has a thing for brass details, and wanted to restore the hardware from a dresser and a campaign desk. Kate provides a comparison of commercial polish, homemade polish, and faux patinas for brass and brass plated hardware. She also reveals how to tell real brass from lesser brass plate:

But first, before you polish, you should know whether your hardware is real brass or brass plate. Here's the simple way to tell the difference. Take a household magnet and see if it will stick to the piece, if it won't that means the hardware is real brass, like these campaign pulls.

It's a great how-to post that we'll definitely be bookmarking for future thrifted finds!

For full details and step-by-step photos, visit Centsational Girl.

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