I put the hardware back on the desk - i ended up using the hardware that it came with and i spray painted them black. I am so happy it is done - let me know what you think about this technique - it originally happened by accident lol - its hard to tell by the pictures but when you look up close in person you can really see what i've done. If anyone is interested i have a dresser that matches this desk (not transformed yet) and i can match the color. I love the character on this one with the queen anne style legs and the wavy trim. Its perfect for any little boy or girls room. You can see that when i distressed it i let some of the old blue show through. I thought it gave it some added character. If anyone is interested it is going into Painted Whyte's Store.