Not for the specific interpretation, but for the idea: Making hinges, drawer pulls, etc. as metalwork practice. Simple, cheap materials, and an easy way to spend just a little time honing one's skills while making something useful and, hopefully, beautiful.
Removing years of bad paint decisions from hinges and door knobs. Easy as water, heat, and baking soda. I actually did this in my old bungalow. Really very easy, butr emember, metal gets hot people.... I may or may not have burned myself.