Sunday, 27 December 2009

Salvage or bin

I threw a pair of 70 + year-old steel barrel bolts in the bin last night. They were from the French doors, leading out to the front entry, that we are painting.

Removing old barrel bolts from French doors

We never painted the other side of these doors when we painted the entry

Romantic notions of salvaging them entered my head. I've read in other renovation blogs that you can remove the years of paint on hardware by placing it in a slow cooker overnight - it softens the paint and you are able to peel the paint. Ingenious.

Good-bye little pieces of hardware history

Jason put paid to that and said I have hoarder's disease but I know that he is trying to build up his brass empire.

He is probably right (about hoarding) and one bolt was badly twisted...but I still feel guilty about binning them.


  1. I am goin' ta slap ya fingers now!!! One does not BIN pieces of iron in favour of a brass empire... ARGGGGGHHHHH I'm coming over in Feb - I could've taken them off your hands ;-) OK - I have a few pairs here myself already. So maybe I don't need them..BUT STILL. YOU can do really cool things with bolts............ No mind! Somebody will have a lucky find at the tip one day ;-)
    PS - never thought of using the blog as a confessional - great idea!!

  2. You're right, I'm using the blog to absolve my renovation sins. Forgive me, someone. Quick!

  3. Hurry Quick!! Go dig them out!! LOL

    Big Hugs ~ Teresa

  4. Yes, I know I'm late but Merry Christmas to you & all at The Fun House! Hope it was a great one, especially with all that French champers I spied in an earlier psot.
    Millie ^_^

  5. Teresa and Ange, I've fished the bolts out of the bin and will try to salvage them. The guilt got to me.

    And Merry Christmas to you too Millie. Hope you enjoy your holidays!

  6. Yay! I'm so glad you got them back!!!

  7. Lots of ways of removing paint and those are (potentially, I give you that) gorgeous.

  8. Thanks for stopping by wrm. I think they will come up a treat too.

  9. Hardware guilt will get you every time. Good luck salvaging them!!!

  10. Am I the only one on Jason's side on this?

  11. I'll tell him he has a supporter. He'll be thrilled.


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