A Quick Way To Restore Hardware


While we are working on the linen closet, the door has been off and I decided to strip the hardware to see what was underneath years of sloppy paint. All the hinges in the house have many layers of paint and we knew that we had to strip them, and depending on what was underneath, spray them. So I took off the door hinges and plopped them into a pot of water. I boil them for about 10 minutes and scraped them off using a small putty knife. To my surprise there was brass underneath. After most of the paint was off, I used 000 steel wool to clean them off. This is the finest steel wool you can get, and very easy to find at any hardware store. Because the steel wool is so fine, it removes bits off the surface without damaging or scratching the brass. I did not want to clean them too much, and remove all their character. With further cleaning, I found a Stanley Sweetheart logo. Steven is familiar with this logo. He prefers this logo on his beloved Stanley hand planes. It is a mark of the height of Stanley’s quality. This was such a pleasant surprise and I hope to do this to the rest of the hardware throughout the house.




Big Plans For A Little Linen Closet

So we have decided to embark on a little project to revamp the linen closet on the second floor. Its a small closet but I am oh so thankful for this extra space devoted to linens, toiletries, and in my opinion all things clean! This closet is definitely not clean at the moment. We haven’t had a linen closet in any of the other homes we lived in, it has been more of a throw everything in your bedroom closet and have it fall on you every time you open the door sort of way of organizing. The one part of housework (I know many disagree) that I enjoy the most is laundry. It can be so minotimous but I love the feeling to clean, warm, fresh scented laundry. I am relatively simple when it comes to bedding and the sort: two sets of sheets for each bed and two white towels for each person. There are all the extras that will go in here and I want to find a nice way to organize everything. I figured this was a tiny little space and it would be a short fun project. In the end I hope its a little sanctuary for my linens.



linen closet
Better Homes and Gardens

I like this simple clean linen closet. Nothing too fussy just nice and organized.



red dresser
found on flickr



There is something about this chest that I just love. I love the bold color and the pattern, I have started to think about doing a stencil on the back wall of the closet to make it really pop. Most of what will be going in there is white and it would be a fun place to try out a bold wall stencil. I really like the blue and white so I think I might do something similar.

black armoire


I love this black one too. I really like how the white linens stand out. I am planning on doing the shelves black milk paint and distressing them a bit.


Here is what it looks like now.