Remember the mud room makeover that I started months ago? Well it got a little off track when I got slapped in the face with fatigue, morning sickness and general lack of motivation. Throw in the inability to paint and I’m out. However, there is one thing I haven’t shown you in there.
I mentioned in previous posts that I wanted to redo a long dresser to go where the shoe bench had been. My childhood dresser was at my parents’ house empty and I knew it would fit perfectly. When I asked them to bring it with them the next time they were visiting, they both tried to talk me out if it because it was in such bad shape. I convinced myself that I could save any piece of furniture. This is a real issue with me — I see too much potential in junk sometimes and I convince myself I can make it perfect. Some women have this issue with men, I have it with furniture and rooms. I guess I shouldn’t complain…
Anyways, here it is in all its before-glory.
I removed the pulls a long time ago to clean them up, but they were in such bad shape that they never ended up back on. Also, notice the crooked drawers on top and the chunk out of the bottom left drawer. Yeeeeaahhh… Needless to say, my parents were kind of right. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have rescued it but at least it looks decent now. I’d like to replace it eventually, but for now it works.
So I’m not going to go into details about the paint makeover because I was totally lazy about it, and after half-painting it outside, we got some rain and it came in. Then I realized I was pregnant and freaked out about painting, so I decided to call it done when it wasn’t really done… and it actually looks okay, but still not worthy of taking you guys through that process… BUT I do want to share my awesome DIY drawer pulls!!
These little handles make me so happy inside.. is that weird?!
If you’re wondering how and why I would have ever thought or wanted to make my own hardware (random, right?) here’s the deal… I knew the wonky dresser needed some great new hardware to detract attention from the ugliness of the dresser itself. I have always loved drop ring pulls but the cheapest ones I could find were 9 bucks a pop. Yowsa. I looked at other non-drop-ring options but even then, the cheapest ones that I would settle for we’re still $4 a piece and I needed 16 of them. It seemed silly to spend that much on a piece if crap dresser. So I convinced myself that I could come up with some way to make my own drop ring pulls. I googled my face off and after literally hours of searching, I found this amazing blog, Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. I read her tutorial for DIY drop ring pulls and it looked soooo simple. So I went to Lowes to hunt down the materials. I found everything except the rings, but I figured Ace would have them. I found some at Ace, but the large ones I wanted were almost $3 a piece which again was more than I was willing to spend. She got hers at Ace for cheaper, so must be hers were much smaller than what I was looking for.
Discouraged, I kind of gave up on the whole idea. But then I went back to Lowes and started digging through stuff in different departments. Curtain hooks were too pricey, shower curtain hooks were too big… And then I found them. Electrical conduit locknuts. (What the heck are they, right?) Kreig and my Dad were both like “why did you buy electrical conduit?!” I still don’t fully understand what their actual purpose is, but I think they’re really cute. The best part — they were like 50 cents a piece.
I basically followed Sarah’s tutorial, replacing the brass rings with my locknuts. I was surprised at how simple it is to make these — I will totally do it again!
So here’s what I started with…
- Conduit Locknuts (the rings)
- Cotter pins (just make sure the little round part is big enough to hold your locknut)
- Regular washers
- Finish washers (they have rounded edges)
Here’s what the packaging looks like… everything was found in the hardware aisle exept the locknuts, which were in electrical. It looks like a lot of supplies below because I did smaller ones for the smaller drawers, so we have a couple different sizes going on.
Assembling these little guys was actually kind of fun and relaxing! It’s so easy… here we go:
Pry your cotter pin open — you might have to use pliers. I found that it was best to open it up as little as possible while still being able to fit your locknut in. When I opened them too much, the rings didn’t move up and down as easily.
Yank on the handle from the outside to make sure it is secure — you may have to use a hammer to get the pins to really sit flat…. But that’s seriously it. It’s so common sense you probably don’t even need to follow instructions.. just go to it!
Other than the awful scratched up dresser, they’re pretty cute… right?! I love the funkiness that the little spoke-y things on the locknuts give the rings… and they are probably the most inexpensive drawer pulls in my house!
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