Easy Update: New Drawer Pulls

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  March 20, 2012 — 4 Comments

Back in October I picked up the saddest little desk I ever did see for twenty bucks at the Goodwill. I painted it green and made it my new sewing desk. (you can read all about it in this post)

Isn’t it adorbs? It’s perfect for sewing. All my little scraps and doodads are stashed in the drawers. I’ve been looking over at it a lot lately, though, and thinking about how the wood knobs I painted to match the rest of the piece are a little bo-ring. I considered switching them out. Then, when I stopped by Hobby Lobby yesterday and saw that their knobs and pulls were half off, I decided it was fate. So many to choose from, though. I was pretty tempted by these knobs wrapped in jute.

After much deliberation I decided they were too trendy and settled for these little lovelies instead. They felt much more timeless to me, which is the number one quality I look for when I’m unsure about a purchase. Trendy and quirky are great if I’m absolutely, positively sure that I’m in love, but if there’s any doubt whatsoever in my mind I always go for the more classic choice. Do you know how much I spent for four of these on sale? Ten dollars. Can’t beat that.

I used a flathead screwdriver to remove the bolts holding the old pulls to the drawers.

I realized pretty quickly, though, that it was not going to be that easy. Those knobs had been painted over a bunch of times and were stuck on there pretty good. I ended up having to use a box cutter to score the edge of each and then a hammer to knock the knob out of place. Nasty little rings of mismatched paint were left in their wake.

I went over each with some sandpaper. Just enough to smooth things out a bit.

Then, I gave each spot a few coats of leftover green paint. Oh, the wonders of flat paint. The freshly painted spots blended right in.

As soon as it had dried I put the new hardware on. Ta da!

Isn’t she pretty? Ignore all the clutter on either side. We’re still working on some storage and organization in this room, remember?

I think the new pulls are just charming. I love how the minty green color looks with the paint. If I’d tried to match a paint color to those knobs I probably would’ve gotten it all wrong, but the happy accident of picking out knobs in a store months later and having them complement the color so nicely is just gravy. Now I feel so fancy and smart every time I walk in the room. Maybe this will even encourage me to spend more time sewing? There’s a bunch of wing chair piping calling my name!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


4 responses to Easy Update: New Drawer Pulls

  1. It’s gorgeous! Well done :)

  2. I love it. The new knobs perk it right up.

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