The Look of Unlacquered Brass for Less: Tips to De-Lacquer It Yourself!

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The warmth of brass in contemporary kitchens is really starting to take a foothold and we love it here at The Kitchn. Brass looks best when it's allowed to patina a bit: no shiny '80s gold stuff here. But when you look around for unlacquered brass hardware and fixtures, they can be difficult to find unless you're looking at really pricy manufacturers. Here's how you can do it yourself, though, with ingredients you have in the pantry!

Fante's Kitchen Wares Shop in Philadelphia offers this advice for de-lacquering lacquered brass:

Make a mixture of Baking Soda and Water (1 Tablespoon of Soda to each Quart of Water) and bring to a boil.

While still boiling, immerse the item. One half at a time if your pot of solution is not large enough to immerse the item completely.

After about 15 minutes of boiling, the coating will peel and lift off. Remove from the solution and wash with hot water. (Remember to protect your hands from hot surfaces.)

Use acetone (or non-oily nail polish remover) on a cotton or wool pad to remove any remaining stubborn coating.

Have you ever done this?

(Image credits: Workstead)

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.