Fancy It up - Gilding Cabinet Hardware

I have been working for the past few weeks on a Kichen Makeover that includes a fresh coat of paint. Against the new brighter wall, this oak hutch looked dark and dreary. I was so tempted to take a paint brush and white gloss paint to it, but in the end I just was not convinced that was the right answer for me. So instead I gilded the hardware and filled the shelves with white stoneware to brighten it up.
Even the mirrored backboard cannot make this hutch shine! It just looks old...
My remedy to fix the hardware issue was to gild it. The pulls and handles are a custome fit and high quality so it did not make sense to buy new. I used Martha Steward liquid gilding in Silver.

To do this, I removed all of the hardware and wiped each piece down with a soft damp cloth to remove and old dirt and dust. I took everything apart and laid it out on newspaper to protect my table. The gilding was applied with a medium natural bristle brush. I went in only one direction on each piece. When everything was dry, I turned the pulls and handles over and did the other side as needed. I waited 30 minutes between coats.
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