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Monday, October 28, 2019

D. Lawless Historical Tidbit

Before D. Lawless Hardware, Dave Lawless tried many things in his life. He was an English major but that didn't pan out to much. After college he did a lot of things from sandblasting to building furniture. Something not many people know though is that he took a shot at producing and promoting a product similar to orange paint stripper product so many painters use to clean off their hands and body after a job.

He did so much painting (after sandblasting) that he needed his own non-toxic option for paint removal. This was back before there weren't many options other than just using lacquer thinner on your hands...

Dave Lawless' product was blue and named "People Stripper." There are still a few bottles around but this now defunct product is a part of D. Lawless history. Here are a few shots of my father out in Las Vegas at a product convention. He had a local news feature where he covered his body in paint and used People Stripper to remove it.

Here he is getting sprayed down by my Uncle Duane for the cameras!

Dave Lawless & Duane McCommons - People Stripper

Vegas Product Show

Dave getting sprayed

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Video Tour of D. Lawless Hardware with Derrick Lawless

I made this walk through several months ago after being asked by some of my furniture business partners and I realized I hadn't put it on the blog. I talk about the store, a bit of D. Lawless history, and show off our large "smalls" inventory.

Our brick and mortar store in Olney, IL has a large and very nice showroom as well as all sorts of smalls and knick knacks from vintage glassware to old advertising tins. Conveniently located two hours from STL, four hours from Chicago, three hours from Indy, and four hours from Nashville! HAHA!

I probably should have shaved before the video...but what's done is done...

Monday-Friday 9-5 if you are in the area. We would love to see you!

Monday, October 21, 2019

D. Lawless All-Star: Creative Moments in Canada

Lee Ann at Creative Moments has been a great contributor to our website for many years. There are at least ten of her pieces on the website and probably closer to twenty!  As with all the greats, sometimes they get forgotten because everyone just expects them to be there doing great things all the time! So I decided to put together an article of her most recent work since she gets left out of some of the other stuff while I continue to add all the new contributors.

Each photo will link back to the product Lee Ann used and then I'll link to the article in the text so you can see more shots of each piece on her own website. She can also be followed on Facebook of course!

I'll start off with a total stunner sideboard makeover Lee Ann finished a little while back. She used our baroque style hardware with the rose detail!

Most recently Lee Ann shared this great antique tall boy featuring our wood appliques and casters. The full article features detailed how to on the painting and full fix up.

Next up is this lovely little DIY accessories box using our affordable labels. She painted the labels and piece herself to get the perfect finish match with the paint!

This next piece, a grey farmhouse dresser, was sent in a few months ago and features the Augustine cup pulls from Liberty Hardware. The paint and detail on this piece are amazing!

This article features a great painting tutorial as Lee Ann takes you through her process of completing this great French style desk with antique pewter cup pulls.

Here's something I could have used in the last year or so...a lovely navy changing table makeover from an old worn out dresser. Like new!!

Thank you again to Lee Ann for always sharing her wonderful work and for always sharing her process and tips along the way. Her blog is a must follow and I am so grateful to have worked with her over the years. Check out her main site before you forget!

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Teardrop Pendant Pulls - New Product Feature

We brought this new teardrop pendant pull with the ceramic insert in just a couple months ago and it is already a top seller and top performer on social media! We got a great suggestion from furniture pro Nancy at Viv & Violets that a drop pull like this would be a great seller because the one her and a lot of her colleagues were using had been discontinued. Her suggestion was backed up by several others so we went out and had this one made that isn't the same, but is as close as we could get while creating an original product.

In just two months we've received photos from all over featuring the product and I am so impressed with how great it looks on a variety of styles and pieces. So...without further ado...

The latest photos sent in to me come from Meredith at Pumpkin Seed Designs on a beautiful hand painted buffet.

hand painted buffer with drop pulls

The first set of photos I got came just a week into stocking the product and came from Amini Design Ashburn on this great dresser makeover with matching ceramic knobs.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Champagne Bronze Hardware - 2020's Trending Finish

Since coming on the market in early 2019 champagne bronze hardware has taken the kitchen design world by storm and shows no sign of slowing up heading into 2020! Champagne bronze hardware has been compared to a satin brass or a soft gold look. However, this is not quite right and I think the finish stands alone as a great option for modern kitchens and for people that want a finish that stands out without treading on the "old" or "traditional" look of brass.

During 2019 I had the great privilege of working with many kitchen and furniture professionals who incorporated champagne bronze into their work and homes. Below are several examples, along with links to the blog or websites for your to see more of the beautiful champagne bronze kitchen hardware in use.

First off we have the Francisco Collection from Liberty Hardware as used in several professional designer kitchens! You can see how the champagne bronze really goes nicely with white kitchen cabinets in these posts from Fyne's Designs, Cuter Tudor, & Elizabeth Burns Design.

White Kitchen with Champagne Bronze Pulls

Thursday, October 3, 2019

D. Lawless Hardware on the Zibra Paint "Before & After" Podcast

The blog is back!

Over the last year or so the blog was on hiatus while we opened our new website, added in a new wholesale module, and generally just improved our entire operation. But we are glad to be back and will be posting frequently with work from our customers and business partners!

Our first post back is an exciting one as I was asked to be a guest on the Zibra Paint "Before & After" podcast! You can listen to me talk about the history of D. Lawless Hardware, our new products and how we develop them, my work with small businesses for content, and some tips for professionals. It was a great time and I appreciate their having me on!

I am on episode #35 for those of you reading this post after they have added newer podcasts. Their archives are filled with all sorts of great content from furniture and kitchen professionals to help you refine your painting techniques, improve your business, and network with other professionals.

You can also listen and subscribe on iTunes, Spotify, and pretty much any other app you might have.