The house is clean and ready for house guests, and now I am awaiting their arrival. So, I had a bit of time to play in my room! Yippee!
I glued some braces inside the cabinet, sanded the door's exterior window trims, and put a coat of varnish on the door's interior. Then I did something other than glue, sand, or paint! I aged the hinges and door knobs, using a solution called Blacken-It. It is available where model railroad supplies are sold. I think we got ours from Micromark.
These are the door hinges I will be using. Now, we can't have shiny new hardware on a shack, can we?
(Sorry for the not-so-good picture. I have a hard time photographing small shiny things. Pringles can lids are shiny. ;-P )
There appears to be some kind of coating on the brass hinges, since the blacken-It solution seems to have no effect on the finish if it is simply applied. So, I scuffed the surface with an emery board, then grew impatient and used a metal file before applying the Blacken-It. I applied the solution with a Q-tip. The Blacken-It is a poison, so it is a good idea to not to get it on the skin.
Here are the 3 aged hinges, and a new one on right. I wouldn't call the color 'black', but it does look like aged brass. I think that 'gray' metals would turn black.
Here is an aged door knob and a new one. After taking this photograph, I aged the other knob too.
After spending most of the week spring-cleaning our home, and making stuff shine, it was fun to make things un-shiny!
Today's favorite tool: Q-tips