Check Out How To Get Updated Drawer Pulls Cheap

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Do you have furniture that needs an updated look but you don't want to buy all new hardware. This is a fast and cheap way to update drawer pulls and knobs.

If you want to give a piece of furniture a facelift and the hardware isn't terrible, or you don't want to spend another $30-50 on hardware, what do you do? Well I am about to show you. Just like how paint can completely transform a piece of furniture, paint can also do that with your drawer pulls and knobs! I have painted many a piece of hardware!!

Setting Up Your Hardware

The first thing you will want to do is screw your screws into cardboard or wood. I like to paint the screws to complete the look and make it more nice and professional. The reason I put the screws in this way is so they aren't rolling around and then they are unevenly painted.

Once I have screwed all the screws into the wood or cardboard I lay out the drawer pulls and knobs out in a line. When I spray the hardware I do light coats. Your finish will be much nicer if you do thin coats rather than glob it on in one coat. Spraying thin and even coats will prevent dripping and blotches.

How To Spray Your Drawer Pulls

As you are spraying, whether it's a spray paint or painting paint with a paint sprayer, thin coats is the best way to do it. Why? Because when you start putting too much or too thick of coats on with spraying you run the risk of drips, uneven paint, splotches, and a bad finish. When you do thinner coats that you may need more of, your finish will be much nicer. Another step before painting is priming your paint can by spraying the cardboard or wood. Then you will paint the thin layers. Allow an hour between coats. Once your hardware is dry you will flip handles and rotate the drawer pulls and knobs to hit every angle.

Sealing You Hardware

At the end of the day you want your drawer pulls and knobs to last right? I used Rustoleum's clear sealer in matte. I used the same method with the sealer thin coats. I sprayed about 3 coats on my hardware.

The After Math

This is super easy and way cheaper than replacing all of your hardware! Look at the difference below!!



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  • Amy Thomas
    on May 7, 2019

    I have the same rolltop desk and I’ve been wanting to paint it forever. Can I ask what paint and color you used? It’s gorgeous!!!

    • Karen Sattenfield
      on May 24, 2019

      I also have a roll top desk & was wondering how to paint the roll top. Thanks for the advice.

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  • Lisa House
    on May 15, 2019

    I have to do all my spray painting outside so I just stick the screws into the dirt to hold them upright, never thought to stick them in the cardboard! Thx for sharing.

  • Becky Dunbar
    on Jun 2, 2019

    Nice job! I stick my knobs with the screws about half way into an old piece of styrofoam and turn the styrofoam around different ways for full coverage. Nice to know about the cardboard as an alternative.

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