From the June 2013 magazine.

June 2013: Rich details

Stripping away the old ugly layers reveals the beauty inside

After we purchased our 120-year-old house, there were many surprises in store for us. As we painted each room, we found that the hinges on the doors were hand-crafted original brass and copper masterpieces full of rich details. However, they had been painted over numerous times, which made it impossible to see their original beauty. At some point a previous owner had decided that it would be easier just to paint over them than to remove, polish, and replace them each time they renovated a room. Maybe they didn’t feel the hinges were important enough to warrant all that work. Or maybe...

-- Mary O.

LaGrange, Illinois