I’m not a big fan of shiny finishes on hardware for the pieces I make. I much rather prefer hinges, screws, etc. that look like they have some age to them. In the case of inexpensive hardware from the big box stores, the solution is easy. Hinges and screws from the hardware store are typically zinc coated to make them shiny and prevent corrosion. However, I want the corrosion [we call it patina ]. To get rid of the ugly zinc coating and speed the patination, all it takes is a little salad dressing.