I have the original hardware on my kitchen cabinets, and I’d like to keep them, but the pulls that receive the most frequent use (like the one on the left) are noticeably lighter than the rest.
How can I make them the same dark color?
They are made from some kind of die-cast metal; I don’t think they’re brass. They are forty years old, and the finish is wearing off.
What is the best way to restore them?
I could spray paint them. I have a spray can of oil-rubbed bronze paint in my garage, but I’ve only painted things like mirrors and light fixtures, not things that need to withstand frequent handling.
I could use a metallic wax like Rub n Buff, or is there a chemical that would be better?
Our strategy for this home renovation is to use good materials that will last so that we only have to do it once. I don’t care so much about how it will look when it’s finished or when I take a picture for the blog, I care more about how it will look in a few years from now.
I looked at these photos and wondered if I should just leave them alone, but then I went back into my kitchen, and they really do look better in the photos than they do in person.