Personalize Your Furniture With Handmade Drawer Pulls

The drawer pulls are the little things that make a dresser or a cabinet stand out from others with similar designs. They’re also a great and simple way of personalizing a piece of furniture or of reviving an old one. The best thing about them is that you can make them at home using a lot of interesting methods and materials. If you need some inspiration just have a look at the following examples. They’ll definitely put you on the right track.

leather belt drawer pullsView in gallery

Have a look at the dresser featured on Themerrythought to see how an old piece of furniture found on the side of the road can be brought back to life with some stylish drawer pulls made of leather. A leather belt should be enough for all the drawers. So find out and cut it into pieces. Then secure the new leather pulls to the drawer fronts with nails.

Hand painted door knobsView in gallery

Knobs are good option too. You can go to your local hardware store and get some plain wooden knobs like the ones on Thecraftedlife and then you can decorate them using paint. The possibilities are numerous in this case. You can choose to paint the whole knob or only sections of it. Also, you can use a very thin brush to draw something cute on them.

Gold and pink drawer knobsView in gallery

Another great project that shows you how to paint unfinished wooden knobs can be found on Designlovefest. Here are the things you’ll need, besides the knobs: some gold spray paint, craft paint in various colors, a paintbrush, spray clear coat and painter’s tape. Tape the exterior edge and put a piece of tape across the top at an angle. Spray paint the knob gold, remove the tape and place another piece at a different angle. Cover the gold area with tape. Color the empty portion using a different color.

custom drawer knobsView in gallery

Simple wooden knobs can be personalized in a lot of interesting ways. For example, for the project featured on infarrantlycreative you’ll need some primer, mod podge, paint, a brush and tape. First the knobs are painted white. Then the sides and half of the top are taped off and the remaining section is painted a different color. A coat of mod podge then seals the color. You can also add some finishing touches such as a number or a small image printed on tissue paper.

Geometric drawer knobsView in gallery

If you want, you can even make the knobs yourself from scratch. Your best option in this case would be oven bake clay. So get some clay in the color of your choice and start shaping the knobs. You’ll also need some cheap drawer pulls with a flat head, screws and washers and a knife. You can find a step-by-step tutorial for the project on Stuffstephdoes. The knobs featured here have a geometric design.

Gold clay knobsView in gallery

Clay knobs are actually pretty easy to make and they can take any shape you want. Air dry clay is a good option, as shown on Delineateyourdwelling. Other supplies needed include a butter knife, knob hardware and gold spray paint. First you need to cover the existing knobs with clay. Let the clay dry and then use the butter knife to give it the desired shape. At the end, spray paint the new knob.

Gold animal drawer knobsView in gallery

You can also make drawer pulls out of things you already have in the house. For example, use some plastic toys, buttons, jewelry and lots of other things. Let’s say you choose to use cute toys. You’ll need some spray paint, glue, hanger bolts, washers and nuts to turn them into drawer pulls. First you need to determine which side will be the front, drill a hole in the toy, paint it and insert a bolt into the hole, adding some glue at the end. You can then attach it to the drawer. {found on apartmenttherapy}.

Kids cars used like drawer pullView in gallery

If you want to somehow personalize the dresser in the kids’ room, you can turn some toy cars into drawer pulls. They can each have a different color. All you’ll need for such a project is some screws, washers and the actual cars. It’s really simple actually. Drill a screw into the car and then just add it to the drawer.

Wine cork drawer knobView in gallery

Recycling can also be fun. By that we mean that you can actually turn champagne corks into drawer knobs. You’ll need some long screws with sharp pointed ends. Insert a screws through the hole in the drawer, with the sharp end outwards. Puncture the cork with it and then twist and push the cork onto the screw until it sits tightly against the drawer front. You can also paint or decorate the corks if you want. {found on learn.winecoolerdirect}

DIY stone beach cabinet knobsView in gallery

Drawer knobs can be made out of a lot of things, including stones. For example, you can use some of the beautiful stones you found at the beach or somewhere else. To find out how to transform them into stylish knobs, have a look at the instructions provided on Hometalk. The stones have to be cleaned first. Then holes have to be drilled in each one. After that, secure them to the knobs with glue and add a coat of clear varnish.

Stone inspired drawer knobsView in gallery

River rocks work too. They should be pretty easy to find but you could also buy them if you want. In any case, just clean them and, if you want, paint them or decorate them however you want. Then glue the bolts to the rocks and let the glue dry overnight. You can then install them on the cabinet drawers. If you need more details or instructions, check out Lilliedale.

Crystal drawer knobsView in gallery

Instead of stones you could also use crystals. They can be turned into knobs using bolts and nuts and clear epoxy. You can try to find some crystals at the local art supply store. Dip the flat end of the bolt into glue and then place it on a crystal. Let the glue dry. Once all the new knobs are complete and the glue has dried, you can install them. {found on freepeople}.

Faucet handle knobView in gallery

If you prefer the industrial look, you could replace your old drawer knobs with rosette faucet handles of something similar. You can find these at your local hardware store. After you’ve selected the model, take them home and spray paint them. Add nuts and screws and turn them into drawer knobs for your dresser, cabinet or another piece of furniture that has drawers. We found this interesting idea on Witandwhistle

Copper drawer pullsView in gallery

Another lovely and very simple option for a beautiful industrial look is to use copper pipes to make drawer pulls. You’ll need a thin copper pipe, a pipe cutter, a pack of copper bell hangers, copper slip cap fittings, epoxy, nuts and bolts and a screwdriver. You’ll find some interesting design suggestions on Mountainmodernlife. You can make the drawer pulls as wide as you want. Also, you can spray paint them.

Tree branch drawer pullView in gallery

In case you’re not convinced that an industrial look is suitable for your dresser or if you simply prefer something a bit more rustic, try the idea offered on Hollydo. The drawer pulls featured here are made of tree branches and are really charming. You can paint the branches or let them show off their natural color. You can also use tape to customize their look. Attaching them to the drawers is really easy and the process is similar to everything else described so far.

DIY Dresser Makeover with a Stenciled TopView in gallery

Vintage keys can make wonderful drawer handles, giving the dresser a mystical and unique look. They’ll look charming on a white dresser like the one featured on Homedepot. You can alternate them with simple knobs for the smaller drawers included in the design. You can apply this idea to a lot of other projects. The dresser featured here also has a stenciled top that looks amazing. You can add this feature too to your own dresser makeover project.