Hinges are easy to take off but be sure to put all the screws into a baggie while removing them. Losing one will certainly add some frustration! I am working in small sections, so I'm only doing a few hinges at a time.
How to Quickly Clean and Update Your Old Cabinet Hinges
We just moved into our home a few months ago and it definitely needed some updating. We decided to start in the kitchen with new appliances. Black stainless beauties 😍 That's when we really noticed how "80's" our kitchen cabinets were! They were in good shape, just wrong color. So we decided to just paint them! The hinges were terribly dirty with a film over them and brass colored. So here's a step by step how I quickly cleaned them and then painted them to match the black stainless appliances....
Bring 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water to boil in a large saucepan. Once a rapid boil is reached, add your hinges.
The grime starts to loosen quickly. This is after just 10 minutes
This is after 20 minutes
After 30 minutes, most of the dirt has been removed and you can see it floating in the water 🤢
Pour them into a colander and rinse under cold water to remove any loose dirt and cool them off.
Lay them out on a paper towel to dry
I found a wonderful spray paint in black stainless and it matches my appliances perfectly!
I positioned the hinges close to each other on paper towels
Then did a light coat of spray paint
Once dried, flip them over and spray the other side
When they are dry, you then have to close the hinges and spray the rest
Once completely dried, spray your topcoat. I used polycrylic
I allowed them to dry overnight before reattaching to the cabinets and hanging them