Classic Kitchen: Unlacquered Brass Cabinet Hardware

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

Unlacquered brass hardware. Classic, timeless, yet much more difficult to find than I had dreamed, but some things are worth searching for. Raw / unlacquered brass has my heart and was worth every minute of the search. Is it normal to spend countless hours searching for just the right hinge? 

Unlacquered brass can be brushed, satin or  polished, but left without a protective coating. It therefore ages over time developing a beautiful patina that adds character to new and old homes alike. 

When designing our new kitchen, I decided to invest a little effort into finding the perfect unlacquered brass hardware to grace our kitchen. I love the warmth the matte finish offers and enjoy watching it turn over time.

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

Call me boring, but we used cup pulls in our last 2 kitchens and still love them just as much today. So surprise, we selected unlacquered brass cup pulls for our new kitchen as well. 

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

At our last house our existing cabinets had holes for knobs, but in our 80’s kitchen we had holes for handles, so I updated them temporarily, but I’m so excited to return to knobs for the cabinet doors for a more traditional look. We selected 1″ unlacquered brass knobs which is often smaller than what you see in kitchens, but I like the understated elegance they add to the kitchen without detracting from other features. 

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

Hingeless cabinets have become increasingly popular, but I love the added decorative detail hinges provide. Who doesn’t love a little extra jewelry? I think a new kitchen deserves plenty of jewelry, too!

Finding unlacquered brass hinges was a bit more challenging. Almost all quality cabinet hinges are lacquered. My cabinet maker said that inexpensive solid brass hinges can be easily compromised and reminded me that it’s important to find quality hinges for durable cabinet doors that will stand the test of time. 

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

I tried my friend Diane’s trick to remove the lacquer from brass these solid brass lacquered hinges to no avail, but these hinges are heavy and oh so pretty, and have found a home in our new kitchen. I am head over heels in love with them, which is great considering the amount of time I spent locating them!

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

I also wanted to incorporate cabinet latches in our new kitchen – I can’t get enough of them. I considered using them throughout the kitchen, but for ease of use we opted to use them just for the hutch {which will be installed after the marble counters}. It’s so fun to mix it up a bit. 

unlacquered brass cabinet hardware - hinges, knobs and pulls

Do you share my affinity for unlacquered brass or do you prefer a more polished look? 

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