Now at the time when Stephen first brought in the table that he was planning on restoring, I was maybe only a year in since I had started here at Horton Brasses. During that time I had the chance to work in the different departments here at the shop and see first hand, the many steps we go through when processing and filling orders. I was still fairly new with our products so I was always pretty fascinated when we would polish them up to our semi and bright finish or brush them to down to make our light antique. For me at the time, the semi bright was my favorite finish. And when I saw Stephan's finished table and saw that he had used a semi bright finish, I got pretty excited. Chances were, that it was probably me who polished that hardware, and here they were; installed on a table.
So your home's ready for an interior makeover, but you don’t want to pay professional interior designer big bucks to do it. That’s fine -- you don’t have to. By following these simple tips, you can stylize any room in your home without the help of a professional designer.
Go Shopping – First things first, go shopping. No, we don’t mean grocery shopping or to the mall. Go to a local furniture store and just browse. Don’t buy anything; instead, just take note of the styles you’re attracted to. Pay attention to the styles that catch your eye. If you can identify the styles you’re attracted to, like modern or vintage, it will be easier for you to match paint and decorations when you go to buy them in the future. Don’t force yourself to love a style you’re not naturally drawn to; doing so will only make the process more difficult for you.
Choose Your Colors – After you know what style you’re going for, you can then decide what color paint to buy. Yes, you should re-paint; a fresh coat of paint can have a dramatic effect and will make the room look new and updated. Stay true to your style when you’re choosing colors. If you’ve decided to go with a modern or contemporary look, focus on bright, eye-popping colors like blues, greens, reds, and purples. If you’ve fallen for the vintage look, focus on picking colors that are lighter, like light blues, grays, whites, and light browns. If you’ve chosen something more specific, like Mediterranean, for example, choose golds, deep browns, and other earth tones to adorn your walls.
Complimenting Hardware – Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to purchase all new furniture once you’ve decided to switch up your style. Unless your furniture or cabinets are really worn out, you can update them just by replacing the existing hardware! For example, if you’re going for a vintage look, why not replace those old brass or plastic hinges with hand forged iron ones? Adding iron hardware to the furniture, cabinets, and doors will really pull the whole theme together and make everything look polished and professional.
Introducing new hardware into your home can be a challenge and, frankly, intimidating conquest. Not only does it have to match and be aesthetically pleasing, but it also needs to be functional! If you’re nervous about installing hardware that won’t compliment your home or style, fear not. Here are some tips that will help you pick hardware that is perfect for you and your home.
Style – The first thing you need to keep in mind while hardware shopping is your style. Is the room you’re replacing rustic? Is it classic and timeless? Is it modern? These are things you should know before you start looking for replacement hardware, and if you decorated your home yourself, we’re sure you know what your style is. No matter. Sometimes, preferences change, so before you decide to change the theme of a room, make sure that replacement hardware matches your existing style.
Consistency – If you’re going to branch out and choose hardware that does not match your style, just make sure you are consistent with it. If you’re going to make a statement with mix-matched hardware, make it big and don’t hold back. If you install vintage hardware in a modern room, people are going to notice. However, if you do it right, the new look will look not only intentional but trendy as well.
Function – Whatever you do, do not trade function for style. We know you want the most beautiful, unique hardware replacements you can find; however, you don’t want to install them just to find out they're not a good fit for your home. If a certain handle style is going to annoy you every time you touch it, don't buy it. If a delicate hinge isn’t going to hold up against the abuse of your children, don’t waste your money. You’ll be better off with hardware that is going to last than hardware that is beautiful but useless.
No matter how well you care for your furniture, your cars, or your decorations, it seems like rust always gets the best of them. Don’t worry; this furniture cancer always gets the best of everyone. Instead, it’s knowing how to treat and remove it that separates the dollar signs. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to throw away your furniture and décor if you see a spot of rust. Here is how you can battle rust and restore your furniture to tip-top shape.
Removing the Rust – First things first, in order to restore your furniture, decorations, or hardware, you need to remove the rust. You can do this either by sanding it down or by using a metal tool to buff it off. Some common tools that do a great job of removing rust are steel wool and wire brushes, but really, anything made of metal will work well. Rust is weak and brittle, so apply some elbow grease and watch it all flake off. For those tiny knicks and crannies that you can’t reach, use a chemical rust remover. Just be careful: As chemicals can be damaging to your skin, wear gloves.
Restore – After you’ve removed all of the rust, it’s time to restore your furniture or décor. If you’re restoring a specific type of metal, make sure you treat it with the appropriate finish. If you want to repaint, make sure you use paint that is rust resistant; you don’t want to go through all that work again for a very, very long time.
When to Call it Quits – As easy and cost effective as battling rust can be, sometimes you need to know when to call it quits. For pieces in which rust has eaten the metal away to the point its structural integrity is compromised, it is best not to restore. Rust doesn’t only spread across a surface but also deep inside of it. If removing rust creates holes, or deep gauges in your furniture or decorations, we suggest replacing them. When it comes to hardware pieces, it is always best to replace them instead of trying to get them to come clean. Hardware keeps your furniture working and looking beautiful, so it’s best to replace them as soon as they become weathered.
If you think that Horton Brasses is a start-up company, you couldn’t be more wrong. Horton has been around for many generations, and our back story is certainly an interesting one. Horton was built on core values that still stand today. From our products to our customer service, we hold up the traditions that began so many years ago.
Let’s go back a few years, specifically to the 1930s. It was at this time that Angeline Horton, great-grandmother of the current owner of Horton Brasses, was becoming quite the accomplished antique dealer. As she progressed in her trade, she soon realized that she was in need of fine hardware to compliment her handiwork. Since she was looking for high quality hardware, her husband Frank decided to use his skill set to help her out. Frank Horton was a skilled tool and die maker and quickly learned that he had a future providing antique hardware to antique dealers. This simple act of kindness from Frank to Angeline was all that it took to start Horton Brasses.
The company has been passed down through the generations and will continue to so, hopefully, for many years to come. With four generations under its belt, Horton Brasses continues to provide high-quality hardware made by the same methods that early American craftsman used. Horton’s attention to detail, quality customer services, and dedication to higher standards has made it the successful business that it is today.
If you want to support a family run business that takes pride in its heritage, products, and service, check out Horton Brasses -- you won’t be disappointed.
Do you have rickety, unstable furniture in your home? Are the handles on your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets old and tired? If so, the good news is you don’t have to replace the furniture or re-do the cabinets; all you have to do is replace the hardware. Before you start to panic, let us explain to you just how easy, and fun, replacing hardware can be.
Decide on a Style – The first thing you need to do before replacing your hardware is decide on a style. If you like the way your current cabinets or furniture looks, then go ahead and match replacements, as closely as you can, to the existing set. At Horton Brasses, you can find a wide variety of hardware that comes in styles like hand forged iron, brass, and much more.
Prepare the Swap – If you’re replacing hardware in the kitchen, why not give those cabinets a fresh coat of paint while you’re at it? You’ve already taken the hardware off, so why not tinker with the rest of the aesthetics? If you’re replacing hardware on furniture, go ahead and clean up the dust, dirt, and rust before putting on the new hardware. If you put a little more work into the piece of furniture, or cabinets, before installing the new hardware, the results will be 10 fold, and many people will think you bought new furniture or remodeled the kitchen.
Replace – When you’re replacing your hardware, make sure to take your time. If you install hardware too quickly, you run the risk of damaging it. Trust us when we say that damaged hardware is no better than old hardware. Don't waste your time, money, and effort. Good luck as you shop for new hardware, and enjoy the restoration process!
After years of abuse, your kitchen table may be salvageable or headed for the dump. It squeaks, moans, teeters, rattles, and, man oh man, is it scratched up! Before you throw it curbside, remember that fixing your table is much cheaper than replacing it. Here are some easy ways to revive your table.
Hinges – If you have a table that has a drop leaf, one that folds down when you don’t need it and then lifts up to extend the length of you table, you can fix those squeaks and get rid of those rusty hinges simply by replacing them. If you find yourself muscling the leaf into place, perhaps it’s time you replace the hardware.
Spiders – If you have a wobbly table, you can add extra stability just by adding table spiders. Table spiders can either be used directly under the table top or they can be used under the feet. Using them under the table top will help hold the table together if it is rickety and tired. Adding spiders to the feet will keep it from rocking or wobbling.
Yokes – Many families have dining room tables that extend by adding a center segment, also called a leaf. As the table ages, separating the table to add or remove the leaf can become more difficult. In order to make this process easier on you and your sore muscles, check out table yokes that are designed to mount on the underside of the table, making assembly easy and hassle free.
If you’re still worried about the scratches, pen marks, and other dings your table has acquired over the years, simply sand and refinish. It may sound like a lot of work, but trust us, refinishing your table is the most economical solution. Plus, you might find yourself enjoying restoration projects.
You’ve picked your hardware, but you’re still not done making important decisions. Now you have to pick the finish! You thought this would be an easy choice, but you were unprepared for the wide variety of options! How will you ever be able to choose just one? Here is a breakdown of all the finishes that Horton Brasses has to offer. We are confident that you’ll fall in love with a finish that is perfect for your home!
Nickel Finishes – If you’re looking for a finish that looks just like stainless steel, nickel is the right option for you. Nickel looks like silver and is commonly mistaken as stainless steel. It may be because of its strikingly mirror-like characterizes; regardless, this finish is actually made from solid brass and overlaid with a nickel top coat. Whether you choose a polished nickel finish or a satin nickel finish, both are classy and beautiful and are sure to turn heads.
Antique Finishes – A variety all in itself. Our antique finishes range from a light antique to medium antique to a deep, oil-rubbed bronze. Our medium antique finish is our most popular, as it is extremely versatile and goes well with almost any style. Our lighter finish is our newest; it is bright and shines with a gold hue. Although it is brighter than the other two options, it doesn’t shine like a new penny. This is still an antique finish.
Bright Finishes – If you don't want a dark antique finish and you’re not one to buy nickel hardware, now what? Lucky for you, we also offer two bright finish options. Bright finishes are also more commonly known as polished brass. It is far brighter and shinier than the antique finish, but instead of having a silver color, it is more of a yellow, gold shade. This finish is perfect if you want warm finish with a beautiful luster.
Casters have been around for a long time, and they’re not going anywhere soon. Casters are used to move anything from beds to couches to tables to large toolboxes. Whenever a large object needs to be portable, adding casters is the best solution. So, where do they come from? Here is an overview in caster history.
Casters were first patented by David A. Fisher in 1876. During this time, casters were incredibly heavy and industrial. At the turn of the next century, so we’re talking some time later, most, if not all, casters were made of glass or leather to allow easier travel over wood flooring. You’ll notice that casters aren’t only made of glass and leather today. In fact, casters of the twenty-first century are made of a wide variety of materials ranging from iron all the way to plastic. Now that you know when casters were invented and how they have evolved, let’s take a closer look at some modern options.
Modern Casters – To put it lightly, casters have come a long way. Today, you can choose casters that have brakes or locks, are shock absorbent, are antibacterial, and are retractable! We are also finding that casters are being used for more and more applications. Think about it: Casters are found on shopping carts, office chairs, medical equipment, and heavy machinery. When you think of casters, your mind naturally goes to furniture, but in reality, casters are everywhere. Let's continue to explore some of the common caster models.
Rigid Casters – If you’re thinking of furniture casters, this model may be the first to pop in your mind. Rigid casters are mounted to a stationary fork, so that they cannot swivel independently from the furniture or vehicle. The rear wheels on shopping carts are actually perfect examples of rigid casters.
Swivel Casters – Just the opposite of rigid casters are swivel casters. The wheel is actually mounted to the fork on an additional swivel joint to allow the wheel to rotate freely. This allows the wheel to change directions without moving the entire vehicle. A swivel caster promotes ease when moving or operating the vehicle.