Our dining room set is from the late 1940’s in a duncan phyfe style. As far as maintenance and update, twice a year we oil it but that is it. We reupholstered the chairs when we moved in but have done very little to it since then. That is until last week.
After years of polishing there was a significant buildup of wax on the handles and knobs. After looking at some old black and white photos from the 1950’s we began to realize just how dingy they were. We began by taking all of the handles and knobs off and soaking them in warm soapy water. To help clean the metal we used a little Barkeepers friend with an old toothbrush. This is where things went a little wrong… as we began brushing the handles beautiful brass was revealed, however as we began brushing the knobs we realized that they were actually pressed steal.
We wanted to keep as many of the original parts as possible so we looked into having the parts brass plated. And then we tried spray paint. As you can see the results aren’t bad.