Aug 7, 2009

What Do You Get When...

You take...

a Toothbrush

PLUS

a Bottle of Brasso and Some Rags

PLUS

Two and Half Hours of Time

PLUS

Rosettes and Bails?


Yes, that's right! I *finally* found replacement bails for my armoire. After searching tons of websites, checking with antique malls in several states, and having my online friends look at flea markets, I found a set of 10 rosette bail pulls on eBay. Little did I know what I was to find out...

The hardware on my armoire is brass -and- the pulls I bought on eBay are also brass! I *thought* the ones I bought were painted. I decided to use the bails I bought with the rosettes that came with the armoire. Notice how different the rosette looks after using the brass cleaner on it?

Guess which one was "cleaned"?


After two and a half hours, my hands were black, three rags were black, and the end result was this:

Can you even tell that the bails aren't original?

31 comments:

Rene la Frog said...

WOW...it looks fantastic now

Cynthia ( Cynimin) said...

Wow that's great! Maybe you have a new line of work in your future!

Old Yankee Stitcher said...

It looks smashing, congrats on the great find. CJ ok;-)

Nancy M said...

Do you need me to send you some more toothbrushes?? LOL Looks great! Maybe I'll see it with my own eyes sometime!

Emily said...

Looks brand new.

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

WOW great job.

Carol R said...

Great job - it looks wonderful!

~~~Melinda said...

Great Job!!!

shutterbug said...

Absolutely beautiful Meari!

Hugs, Elaine

Mary said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Great job. I am so impressed with your skills of restoring old pieces of furniture.

Shari said...

it looks great Meari!!! Wonderful job!!!

Debra said...

All that work really paid of. Well done.

Lucy said...

Beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

It looks beautiful.

Marl

Donna said...

Very, very nice

Cindy said...

Wow! It looks awesome :)

CindyMae said...

It looks gorgeous!!!

Daffycat said...

Darn, that's a lot of elbow grease, Meari! Looks fantastic!

Carolyn NC said...

wow - this is phenomenal - looks fantastic!

Shelley - ILCS said...

Absolutely fantastic looking. Kudos to you for taking the time to make it worth while.

stitcherw said...

They look wonderful! Congrats on your find, they work perfect. I can't believe how beautifully they cleaned up. Your framed Kimono in your earlier post was gorgeous too.
Sue

Mary Ivancicts said...

WOW! There look great!

Sharon said...

It looks fabulous Meari!

Kristin said...

OMG...that is truly stunning now Meari! Wow.

mbroider said...

Wow Meari!! Now i am sure the armoire 'wanted' to be with you!!! The bails look great...

5 Foot Runt said...

Nice job! It looks beautiful. Have fun with it !

Jennifer said...

BEEEYOUTEEFULL!!!!!

Very impressive!

Rachel S said...

Very nice!

timetostitch said...

WOW!

Mel said...

Fantastic Meari! :)

Jenna said...

You are amazing, woman! The ultimate DIY-er, you do incredible work. The armoire looks fantastic! Well worth your efforts.