I love using vintage hardware when I am recreating pieces.  There is something about vintage hardware that you just don’t see with the new stuff.  The weight.  The patina.  The design.  Even when you can find good reproductions, there is still something missing. packages of vintage hardware round at a Charity shopNot long ago, I came across this stash of vintage hinges and I was giddy with excitement!  Besides their obvious beauty, all I could think of was how they were still in their original packaging!  I kept thinking of the The Big Bang Theory and the guys saying their action figures were “mint-in-package!”  HAHA.  My new, old hardware was mint-in-package!!  Sooo cool!  Ok, they weren’t really in “mint” condition but I was as excited as the guys on the show talking about their action figures being mint-in-package 🙂 If you’ve ever seen The Big Bang Theory, you know exactly what I am talking about!  (Note to self… maybe cut back on The Big Bang Theory watching if you start comparing 1970’s hardware to action figures!) three different styles of vintage hardwareIn the lot of 15 packages, there were three different styles in a similar pattern.  They were all gorgeous!  When I found them at the Habitat for Humanity Store I felt like I had won the lottery!  Before I even got them to the cash, my mind was whirling with all that I would like to do with them. gorgeous vintage hardware on a piece of white painted woodI was/am so in love with these beauties that I almost hated to use them 🙂 vintage hardware on a blue painted arrowI did use some though, despite my despair over the possibility of never finding more like them, on some rustic wood signs that I had been working on.  using vintage hardware on reclaimed wood signsSome I left in the original brass colour, and some I used a little Silver Lead Rub ‘n Buff on to turn them into more of a silvery colour.  brass coloured vintage hardware on white painted wood

vintage hardware on a yellow painted wood arrowI think there is something so breathtaking about the mix of paint, rustic wood and the ornateness of the vintage hardware and I still can’t believe my luck at finding these beauties!

A few of these signs are available through the Recreated Designs Etsy shop.

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  1. Oh, what a great score!

    How fun to have the great hardware for projects.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

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