Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New Old Hardware

My wife bought me the Silent Paint Remover for my birthday recently. I immediately tested it out on the linen closet in our hallway (shown below). The paint is coming off nicely, but it forced me to go look for new hardware. The hardware that is currently on it is definitely not original. The entire hallway is as white as possible, white walls, white trim, white hardware. The laundry chute in the second picture is on the opposite side of the hallway.
For some unknown reason, I decided I wanted octagonal crystal knobs with brass bases. Also, I needed 9 that matched, and they had to be antique. My first stop was at Guilded Salvage, which I think is a great store. I found a set of 9 yellow-green uranium glass (actually made with uranium, type it into google) that would have been great. Unfortunately, they were $65...a knob. I decided to pass.

After searching dozens of salvage websites, I came across www.coolstuffiscoolstuff.com, aka Architectural Artifacts in Toledo, OH. Incredibly, they had exactly the hardware I was looking for, 6 larger glass knobs for the drawers and 3 smaller ones (2 for the linen closet and 1 for the laundry chute). They were extremely helpful and significantly less than $65 a knob. Hopefully I will actually finish stripping the paint so I can install them.


Nathan said...

Like the knobs! Lets see some paint stripping progress pics. Also, never underestimate the power of Ebay. Found some matching 80 year old doorknobs there!

1915bung said...

Yes - Very nice knobs.

I like the authenticity of your bath. You really seem to be committed to keeping your home authentic. Good Work!

BTW..There is a new Minneapolis Historic Homeowners Organization forming to provide grass roots support for those of us restoring our homes in Minneapolis. Email me if you would like more information.

Tiffany said...

I love the Silent Paint Remover.

Sandy said...

I love the knobs! Glass knobs have always been my favorite!