Beautiful furniture hardware is the perfect accessory, but we all know how expensive it can be to purchase new.
Why not buy vintage? It’s typically more affordable and you can score classic looks, from traditional to modern.
There are a number of ways to source vintage hardware. Two of my favorites? Visiting flea markets where vendors will have already removed the hardware, and scoring something off the sales floor at a thrift store.
If you find hardware, but it’s still on the furniture and the store won’t let you remove it, you can buy the whole piece, remove the hardware in the store and leave the furniture behind. This way you get the hardware and someone else can buy the furniture.
Some time ago, I bought a dresser from the thrift store and took off these brass rings. I am waiting for just the right piece to put them on. You have to admit, these make quite a statement.
As always if you don’t have any luck sourcing affordable, attractive vintage hardware from a local thrift store you can always take your search online. This set of cast-iron drawer pulls offered on Etsy would take a plain standard dresser or cabinet to the next level. I really like the clean horizontal bar that is offset by the more ornate pull. Such detail should never go unnoticed.
There are so many possibilities to add character to a piece by using vintage hardware and so many places that you can acquire it from.
Do you have a piece that you used vintage hardware on? I’d love to take a peek at it.