Honestly, its my first big project refinishing with stain so it has its imperfections. But, I'm so very happy with the finished product anyway. Isn't it simply beautiful??!!
As you probably already know, my personal decorating style is 'rustic elegance' so I absolutely love how the stain brings out the blemishes in the wood!
So, many hours of online shopping for CHEAP but PRETTY backplates, I finally ordered these ones through my job at Benjamin Moore. They only came in brass so when they arrived, I lightly sanded them and then tried to do the antique thing like I had done on the knobs and hinges and no matter what I tried, it just wouldn't work. I think it was because the backplates are primarily a flat surface and the knobs and hinges had lots of curves.
So, I sanded them again and sprayed them with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze and then when they were completely dry, clear coated them. I decided to redo the hinges to match the backplates, but leave the knobs as is. I love how it all looks.
My little not-so-secret . . . I struggled big time trying to get the little nails in the backplates so I just left them not nailed. Who cares, right! LOL