Furniture hardware can make or break your makeover project. Select the wrong style and your piece will look like it's going through a midlife crisis and the wrong size will fade into the background or take center stage. The goal is to accessorize with the right hardware that will take the piece to the next level.
I am always on the look out for new hardware, whether or not I actually have a project in mind. So much so that I carry a screwdriver around in my purse. Some of my favorite hardware has come off of the abandoned furniture from the streets of San Francisco. When thrifting remember to not just looking at the furniture but to check out the hardware, if the furniture item isn't great but is a good price I will buy the item for the drawer pulls or knobs.
Another great place to find unique hardware is at the Alameda Point Antique Faire, there are a few vendors that have a small selection but there is one gentleman that has an entire booth dedicated to vintage treasures! I have also found some wonderful pieces at many of the San Francisco thrift stores, Community Thrift and The Salvation Army in the Mission have a lot of furniture turnover so if you see something you like you have to get it when you see it or it won't be there tomorrow.
All of the hardware in the photos above are vintage and have come from many different resources from San Francisco to New York. I use Brasso, Wenol and Bar Keepers Friend to polish vintage metal hardware. Also should you become like me and begin to carry a screwdriver remember to take it out of your purse before you fly :-)
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