Unlacquered Brass {Hardware} | Julie Blanner

Unlacquered Brass is polished, unfinished uncooked brass that darkens and develops patina because it ages. At the moment, we’re guiding you thru the ins and outs of selecting unlacquered brass {hardware} to your house.

Hold studying to study extra about it together with the knobs, pulls, hinges and cupboard latches.

A cream kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware.

Unlacquered brass {hardware}. It’s traditional, timeless, and but rather more tough to search out than I had ever dreamed once we had been transforming our kitchen.

Nevertheless, some issues are price trying to find. Uncooked brass has my coronary heart and was price each minute of the search. Is it regular to spend numerous hours trying to find simply the proper hinge?

A cream kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware on the cabinets.

At the moment, I’m sharing all of the unlacquered brass {hardware} we utilized in our cream kitchen renovation. I hope this solutions all of your questions and makes your personal search slightly simpler!

At the moment, I hope you’ll study extra about unlacquered brass! I’ll reply a number of the mostly requested questions, and also you’ll discover all our unlacquered brass {hardware} sources right here, too.

Unlacquered brass hardware laid out on a marble countertop.

I really like sharing concepts for enhancing your house! 

We’ve renovated many houses over the last 20 years, and I’m all the time thrilled to go alongside the information we’ve gained alongside the best way. See the entire Earlier than and After tour of our St. Louis house right here, and our trendy Desk Rock Lake Cottage as nicely.

The truth is, we not too long ago up to date the lake kitchen to incorporate unlacquered brass {hardware} (proven beneath), and we’ll share the sources for these as nicely!

A white kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware.
Our lake cottage kitchen, that includes unlacquered brass {hardware}.

Unlacquered Brass {Hardware}

  • Uncooked Brass – Unlacquered brass is also called uncooked brass or uncoated brass. Brass will be brushed, satin or polished, however unlacquered is all the time left with no protecting coating. Due to this fact, it ages over time, creating a fantastic patina that provides character to new and previous houses alike.
  • Matte, Aged Look – I really like the heat the matte end affords and luxuriate in watching it flip over time, as it should change all through its lifespan.
  • Dwelling End – Since it’s a dwelling end, no piece will look precisely the identical. The variation provides slightly heat and curiosity in design. It may age erratically, turning into duller over time.
A cream kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware on the cabinets.


  • Questioning about mixing your stainless-steel home equipment with unlacquered brass {hardware}? You’ll be able to completely retain your stainless and blend in brass. Blended metals are a fantastic look!
  • Fearful about placement? Don’t skip our Cupboard Knob Placement information!
  • Should you don’t love the look of getting old and darkened spots, don’t select unlacquered brass. Select polished brass for a persistently brighter end that’s sealed for cover.
  • Unlacquered brass will age gracefully over time. Very like our Danby Marble counter tops, imperfections add a sure patina which are unmatched in a “new” end.

Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Continuously Requested Questions

Will unlacquered brass corrode?

This steel won’t corrode, however oxidation will happen: that is the tarnishing and darkening of the steel over time. Nevertheless, it won’t corrode and it’ll not rust.

How lengthy does it take for brass to patina?

It turns into tarnished when uncovered to air, so naturally, it should age over time. You could be shocked at how shortly it should patina!
Different elements contribute as nicely – The oils of your fingers, minerals in water and different elements contribute. Weathered brass or vintage brass try to simulate pure patina of unlacquered brass, however they nonetheless have a protecting coating.

How do you defend unlacquered brass?

To maintain it shiny, clear recurrently. Utilizing a gentle material and dish cleaning soap, wipe the floor gently. You may also polish it with brass polish and a gentle material, then rinse with water and dry.

Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Do you know?

The patina of your unlacquered brass can rely upon your house’s location and environment. The brass will tarnish inexperienced if you’re situated close to an ocean, the place humidity is larger and the air is salty.

Brown or grey patina can usually be indicative of a extra city atmosphere. The water in your house (arduous vs gentle) also can change the patina over time.

Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

The best way to Check if Brass is Lacquered

Dip in acetone or nail polish for 2 minutes. If clear movie begins to separate, it’s lacquered brass.

De-Lacquering Brass

  1. Submerge brass items in acetone or stripper to show uncooked brass.
  2. As soon as it has develop into gummy, rinse.
  3. Repeat if wanted.
Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Suggestions for Cleansing + Sharpening Unlacquered Brass

  • Brass Polish – To shine, simply apply your favourite cleaner to floor. Utilizing a humid rag, apply strain to wipe clear. Rinse completely utilizing a clear material.
  • Cleaning soap + Water – Clear for sanitation functions, in fact. We simply use cleaning soap and water for that, however permit them to patina over time.
  • Be aware – Utilizing abrasive cleaners on this end is rarely a good suggestion. And though utilizing conventional brass cleaners can work superbly, they will harm surrounding marble and stone, so use with warning. 
Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Our {Hardware} 6+ Yr Later

I’ve obtained a number of questions on how our {hardware} has aged and I’m pleased to say, superbly!

Effectively, in fact that’s within the eye of the beholder. I do know it’s not for everybody, which is completely nice by me!

The beneath photographs are a yr and a half price of getting old, and once more, within the present state, which is over six years after set up.

unlacquered brass appliance pulls on a paneled refrigerator.

You’ll be able to see the place little fingers attain and I believe it’s oh so candy!

Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Our Unlacquered Brass {Hardware} Sources

Unlacquered Brass Knobs

An unlacquered brass cabinet knob on a white background.

Our Knobs

We chosen 1″ unlacquered brass knobs which is usually smaller than what you see in kitchens, however I just like the understated class they add to the kitchen with out detracting from different options.

Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Unlacquered Brass Cupboard Latches

We now have an entire information to Cupboard Latches right here – don’t miss it!

Our Cupboard Latch

I like the classic allure that these add to our kitchen.

Unlacquered brass cabinet latch on a white background.
An unlacquered brass cabinet hinge.

Unlacquered Brass Drawer Pulls

Whereas these are listed as drawer pulls, they’ve held up superbly for us on our fridge. Click on by way of to our information to Equipment Pulls to see how we did it!

An unlacquered brass cabinet pull on a white background.

Our 18″ Drawer Pull

I really like that these really feel a contact extra delicate than many equipment pulls in the marketplace.

Unlacquered Brass Cup Pulls

Name me boring, however I really like these eternally and ever. They’ll by no means exit of fashion!

Our Cup Pulls

They really feel much more lovely as we speak than once we put in them, 5+ years in the past.

An unlacquered brass cabinet pull on a white background.
Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

Brass Cupboard Hinges

Our hinges are lacquered – on the time of our renovation, unlacquered hinges had been unattainable to search out. We love the delicate glimmer of those subsequent to our unlacquered items and have been so pleased with the best way they’ve held up.

An unlacquered brass cabinet hinge on a white background.

Our Hinges

Whereas hingeless cabinetry is in style proper now, I really like the look of slightly added jewellery on our cupboards.

Cream kitchen cabinets with unlacquered brass hardware.

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Lake Cottage Unlacquered Brass {Hardware}

Do you know that we up to date our trendy lake cottage kitchen with unlacquered brass, too? Learn extra about our Ilve Vary and our Paneled Dishwasher right here.

A white kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware.
Unlacquered brass mission style drawer pull

Drawer Pulls

We love the clear, trendy traces of those mission fashion pulls

Cup Pulls

Sturdy and displaying a fantastic patina, these cup pulls are a beautiful match to our vary!

Unlacquered brass mission style cup pull for cabinets.
A white kitchen with unlacquered brass hardware.

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