DIY Gift Wrap Station by High Style Restyle

This is the perfect DIY for the holidays! We partnered with High Style Restyle when Amy needed some labeling hardware for this perfectly timed project. Click through for the full DIY or simply admire our label holders adorning the finished product below! Those label holders are .60 or less by the way!

DIY Gift Wrap Cart - High Style Restyle

Rifle Case to Workbench at Virginia Sweet Pea

This is really one of the coolest projects we’ve had the pleasure of being participants in lately. Our little brass label holders are the finishing touches on this old Russian rifle crate that Paula turned into a fold out workbench. I love this creative idea and it’d perfect or a small garage. The full project is here at her website, Virginia Sweet Pea, please do click through.

D. Lawless Finish Guide

D. Lawless Finish Guide

A detailed guide to determining what you have and what you want.


satin-nickel-knobSatin Nickel

Satin nickel is the most popular nickel finish, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to silver tone cabinet hardware. Polished nickels and satin nickels are on the lighter side of satin nickel while matte nickel and antique nickel are on the dark end of the spectrum.

  Brushed Satin Nickel
brushed-satin-nickel-knob  Brushed satin nickel is always a shade or two darker than satin nickel and the finish     is very smooth. You can see the brush marks in the finish. It will still be hard to see     the exact shape online, but this should be darker than satin nickel.


  Matte Nickel
matte-nickel-finish Matte nickel is generally the same shade as the standard satin nickel, but it has a  “matte” finish, which simply means that it doesn’t shine. Matte finishes are dull for  lack of a better word.


 Antique Nickel
antique-nickel-finishAntique Nickel is usually the darkest of the nickels, and sometimes it’s called weathered nickel or distressed nickel.

There are several names for the brass finish from polished brass to bright brass. On the internet, brass is one of the hardest finishes to differentiate just by looking at a product picture, so below we’ve shown examples that all look very similar. In order to know what you are getting you’ll have to pay attention to the terminology.

 Solid Brass
solid-brass-knobSolid Brass will have a softer, warmer, look than the hardware out there that is brass plated. Brass plating is done through an electroplating process that really shines. Real solid brass will use the world “solid” in the title and will give off a softer look. Solid brass is also pricier than brass plated.

 Polished Brass


Polished brass is really bright and is probably the same thing that people are calling bright brass. Much cheaper than solid brass and it’s far more popular than solid brass for this reason.

Satin or Sterling Brasses & Gold


These types of finishes will vary greatly  by the manufacturer, but the basic idea is that a satin brass or a sterling brass is going to have something similar to a matte finish. These finishes will be far less bright and shiny than polished brass or solid brass.

oil-rubbed-bronze-finish-helpOil Rubbed Bronze
Oil Rubbed Bronze is one of the toughest finishes there is to put a name to exactly what you have. This is an important reason to never mix any ORB finishes from supplier to supplier. The finish has that much variety. The standard oil rubbed bronze is a very deep, nearly black bronze color. The finish will give way to highlights of a much brighter bronze with use and each knob becomes even more beautiful with time if you ask me.

Venetian Bronze


Venetian bronze is one of the fastest growing finishes the past year. To us, this is basically just the new term for bronze with copper highlights. This finish will vary greatly in the degree to which the copper highlights are featured and it’s best not to mix and match manufacturers.

Liberty OB3 Finish


Distinct to Liberty Hardware is the OB3 abbreviated finish. This knob borders on being a very dark marooned bronze. The color is consistent, throughout the entire finish of the knob, giving it a nice solid look to help accent proper décor appropriately.

Rubbed Bronze


Rubbed Bronze is, essentially the same thing as, oil rubbed bronze. But in our experience, if it means anything, it means a lighter shade of oil rubbed bronze. The starting finish of oil rubbed bronze hardware varies quite a bit, and we’d call the lighter shades just “rubbed bronze.”

You’d think there wouldn’t be much to say about the black finish, and generally that’s true. Black is black and, for the most part, is going to look the same unless you are comparing ceramic to die cast or wood. There are however a few variations and we’ve listed them below.


Flat Black


This simple, yet elegant finish creates a traditional aesthetically pleasing complimentary finish to any other home décor. Flat black blends into the surroundings of any home furnishings and/or decorations incredibly well. This finish is as subtle as it is elegant allowing it to maintain that casual or upscale feel to the room’s proper atmospheric condition.

Weathered or Distressed Black


This finish provides an air of timeless and old tyme feeling to any home décor and furnishings. Distressed black gives an antiquated, day in and day out, weathered look and charm.


Black Nickel


A bit more of a solid black color is infused in the background of black nickel, yet it still maintains somewhat of a shiny or reflective surface. However with more of a gloss or freshly windexed mirrored coating it loses some of black chromes’ coloration and changing hues.This makes black nickel its own unique finish that is still retro and flashy, yet classy.

Black Chrome


Black chrome has a few different looks. First, take note of that it is very weather durable and will hold its look despite outside conditions. The only drawback in this area is that it does tend to, if scratched significantly, show a silver line or two. Otherwise it displays an old retro smoky feel similar to a grey tinted or smoky glass.


Chrome is a lot like black in that nearly all of the pieces of hardware you see in chrome will be the standard bright polished chrome finish. The few variations are usually to tone it down a little bit by adding a matte or satin finish.

Polished Chrome


Polished chrome is the standard and it’s just like the flashy rims on sports cars. This finish will show up differently depending on the light source. This knob is actually the same exact finish as the main chrome image. Just know that if you choose chrome or polished chrome that you are getting a bright, shiny chrome.

Matte Chrome


Matte chrome is a softer and cooler finish than polished chrome. A little less flashy and could almost be described as brighter matte nickel.

Satin Chrome


Satin chrome is like a bit of a brighter satin nickel finish. Take the glare out of chrome and you get the soft feel of satin chrome.

antique-brass-finishesAntique Brass
Antique Brass is one of the most diverse finishes out there. Antique brass can range fro
m a soft brown with gold tones to a dark nearly oil rubbed bronze. There are a lot of subtle differences between what people are calling this finish or that finish, but below we’ve laid out what we think each of these finishes mean.


Dark Antique Brass


The dark antique brass finish will vary a bit but we consider dark antique brass to be similar to oil rubbed bronze except it has brass undertones instead of bronze undertones.


Tumbled Antique Brass


This bruised brass finish accompanies home décor with an old world feeling quite well. The dark undertones provide a rustic look and antique look and feel that will compliment many of old tyme homes with great pleasantry.


  Burnished Antique Brass


This cabinetry hardware gives an accent that is a bit more distinguished than weathered brass. The finish has darker tones that are distinct and often front and center when compared to the more distressed or weathered styles and finishes.


Weathered Brass


Inspired by the times that have come and gone, weathered brass accents home décor and furnishings, looking to compliment an aged and antiquated atmosphere. The days that have come and gone, along with the weather, create a soft undertone of dark brass and worn brass creating quite an atmosphere for time honored home décor.

Satin Antique Brass


Satin polished brass brings a warmth and shine to a room that fulfills a classy futuristic or modern look to home décor and furnishing in the immediate surroundings. With a focus on the flash and class, this finish can provide the look and feel to modern or forward looking rooms and surroundings.

Pewter is one of our favorite finishes and can create a great contrast between it and lighter colors. While we have a small line of solid pewter, solid pewter hardware is very expensive and is therefore not really that common. The rose to the left is solid pewter. Since most hardware is not really solid pewter, but a die cast, there are quite a few pewter like finishes to choose from.

Brushed Satin Pewter


Brushed satin pewter follows the rule that “satin” means a softer smoother look and you can see a clear difference between this and the solid pewter picture above.


Antique Pewter


Antique pewter is usually a nickel that has been dulled and darkened to give an aged pewter look. This is a real deep grey, almost black finish at times. As with the others, it will vary from brand to brand a bit.


Tumbled Pewter


A light pewter color with dark highlights and distressed areas. Very simply, it has the look of having been dulled by tumbling.

antique-copper-finishesAntique Copper
Similar to antique brass, antique copper has a diverse array of finishes. We’ve snuck in an extra finish in the header burnished antique copper. This finish, nearly distressed, has deep dark undertones and appears to be well worn with time. Antique copper can always provide a range of different looks and feels to your home décor and furnishings.

Brushed Antique Copper


Dark lines that appear to be worn into the finish, from time honored use, gives antique burnished copper a very distinct look. This finish can provide the class needed in a modern home décor setting or provide the accent to aged setting.


Copper Kettle


Copper Kettle, as the name describes, has the look and feel that any aged worn, well used kettle would produce over time. Slightly beaten or bruised undertones from countless days of use, this elegant old tyme feeling can only be uniquely provided by copper kettles’ hand worn finish.

Weathered Antique Copper


 Days gone by, have worn this finish into a distinguishable dark and rustic tone.  Nearly as dark as it is copper, weathered antique copper is a simple description that provides time-honored subtleties to any aged décor setting.


Satin Red


Satin Red often appears close to Bushed Antique Copper, but more often that not it contains a deeper shine-bruised undertone of worn black polished over its entirety. The color has this distinctive reddish hue that softens the look a bit more than a weathered or distressed pattern.




D. Lawless Hardware Free Hardware Friday #3!!


Free Hardware Friday is here again and this week’s piece is this mid century style Havanah knob from Liberty Hardware.

Free Hardware Friday - D. Lawless Hardware

The deal this week is the same as the deal every week except that I’ve added a deadline of 5 p.m. CST for all who want in on this deal. Turns out giving away free hardware is a popular thing to do and I quite frankly would prefer to have the promotion wrapped up before I go into the weekend.

For those of you that haven’t seen this before I am indeed offering you as many of this knob as you need to complete a project for your home. In exchange you have to promise to send me nice pictures of this knob in use on your project for me to post on the website and to use in our promotional materials. I will of course give credit to the photographers unless otherwise asked not to.

Also it would be nice if you shared us on social media and told people about us 🙂 but that’s not a stipulation of this deal. Nice pictures are my goal and I intend to keep doing these giveaways as long as I keep getting great photos.

Here are a few of the participants projects now that I’ve had some people finish up their projects!

havannah knob project
free hardware friday havannah knob

Beautiful Mixed Theme Bathroom Makeover at Refresh Living

Jenny from Refresh Living recently redid a bathroom mixing vintage, rustic, and industrial design to make a truly unique look. There are lots of cools details in this makeover but we were very happy to see our milk glass knobs and label holders used as adornments here and there.

My favorite part is the soft or faded blue paint on the cabinets in tandem with the grey accent wall.

Click through to see the full post and be sure to check out her other projects too!

Refresh Living - Bathroom Makeover

Water Color Beauty at Anastasia Vintage

This project is about as unique as they come and features an amazing paint job on the top! Really beautiful! Stacy from Anastasia Vintage took a curbside desk find and turned it into a work of art using label holders from us and Unicorn Spit. You read that right…

Click through to see the full makeover!

Anastasia Vintage - Desk Makeover
And a full view of the Unicorn Spit paint job.

Anastasia Vintage - Desk Makeover - Paint Job

Satin Nickel at Just a Girl and her Blog!

These pictures speak for themselves! Abby at Just a Girl and her Blog did a full kitchen makeover that we were lucky enough to be involved in. The beautiful hardware is from Liberty (sold by us at the lowest online price) and really stand out in this brand new white kitchen. Love it! Click through to see the full before and after.

The before…

And the beautiful finished kitchen!

D. Lawless Hardware Free Hardware Friday #2!!!


Oh man! This week is a good one! Last week was a big success in my opinion given that our reach isn’t that large. We had five readers accept our offer and I’m happy to be working with every one of them!

So here’s the deal for people that missed the first week. Each Friday we’ll be giving away as many pieces of a special piece of hardware that the readers want. The catch in that you must promise to take really nice photos of the hardware in use so that I can use them on our website. Pictures of the hardware in use sells hardware!! So it’s a win-win.

So without further ado, here are this weeks products! We probably won’t have matching sets like this often but I really want to kick start this event. For the time being, until we get super popular :), I’ll be extending the offer to as many people as contact me. Yes! You can have the matching set of both knobs and pulls! That would be even better for me as I will get pictures of them together. I can be reached at and my name is Derrick Lawless.

These pulls are high quality Laurey “Mission Bay” matching knobs and pulls. Link to the product information below.

Oil Rubbed Bronze Pull
Oil Rubbed Bronze Knob
Satin Chrome Pull
Satin Chrome Knob

*This is very unofficial. There is no contract. By giving me your images you are giving me permission to post them on product pages like so, EXAMPLE, and also to put them on social media. I will give you or your business credit unless specifically told not to. I think it’s really neat to have all the contributors on our website.

Small Business Partner: Stained Glass Source, Inc.

Stained Glass Source, Inc. is a small business out of New Mexico just recently started getting bases from us to create some really nice fused glass knobs they are selling on Etsy. After checking out their site though I really wanted to show off a few of their stained glass pieces that have nothing to do with our hardware. Below are two of the several dozens styles that I liked the most followed by one style of the fused glass knobs they are making with our bases.

Also, here is an interesting little bit about their community from their website:

“Silver City has long been an attractive place for burgeoning artists to relocate. Our pleasant climate, stunning scenery and relatively low cost of living are all responsible factors when artists want to call Silver City and the surrounding areas home. There is an active gallery and artist studio association that promotes a popular artist studio tour in the fall called the Red Dot Art Weekend.”