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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.

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  2. Jenny@Simcoe Street says:

    Love this post! Those brass rings are great, can't wait to see what piece they eventually end up on.

    I haven't done anything recently with true antique hardware, but we did update an ikea billy bookcase (currently serving as a china cabinet in our teeny kitchen) with these second hand knobs. If you are interested, here's a link
    http://simcoestreet.blogspot.com/2010/10/ikea-boo

    Jenny

  3. amy says:

    I bought new hardware from Lee Valley (similar to those brass rings above!) and added them to a vintage nightstand makeover recently: http://itsagoodhouse.blogspot.com/2012/01/mini-ma

  4. Jenn says:

    Awesome article. I love the dresser pulls you found on Etsy. The wood grain detail is awesome! I love saving the vintage hardware from furniture I find and using it on other pieces. Just used some on this project and the vintage hardware really put it over the top! http://www.myfabulesslife.blogspot.com/2012/01/di

  5. Stephanie Press says:

    I tend to live in older spaces that are rentals, so I have to mix in some modern so it won't feel dated. But when people do renovations, I think it would be cool to take your new and modern finishes and set it off with vintage originals! A lot of people get rid of great hardware because they don't think it will look good with modern, it will! I love the last set of hardware featured here, they look Spanish or Moroccan!

  6. Karen says:

    Hello!
    For months I have been looking for one brass ring like the 4 you found!
    Would you ever consider selling me one?
    Thanks!
    Karen D.i

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