Way back when, we bought this Hemnes dresser from Ikea for the guest bedroom. Despite not being much of a home decor geek at the time (I’m still not, but I’m learning), I really liked the simplicity of it and the clean lines.
When we got it home and put it all together, the dresser looked great, even with the blue walls. Once we ditched the “nursery blue” and painted the walls the second time around, the dresser looked even better…
The rich gray walls made the dresser stand out even more, and it turned into an even better statement piece. The only problem was it wasn’t really making as much of a personality statement as we wanted. It added plenty of visual weight and great function, but it just craved something to make it “us”. Rather than trying to compensate for its lack of personality by putting a bunch of clutter on top of it (though Ash is still looking for something for the top), we decided it would be better to personalize the dresser itself with some new hardware. After searching two hardware stores and several sites online, Ash ended up ordering 12 shiny new pieces of hardware from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.
For the top four drawers, she picked out four brass 1 3/16″ button pulls (these), and for the bottom drawers, she went with eight brass 3″ cup cabinet pulls (these). At the time, both types of pulls were on sale, and we were able to get all of the hardware for around $35, including shipping.
Changing out the hardware on the top drawers was a piece of cake. All I had to do was unscrew them, replace the screw with the one that came with the new pulls (the screws were different sizes and lengths), and screw the new pulls on. Easy peasy. As for the bottom drawers, since we were changing a 1-screw piece of hardware out for a 2-acrew piece of hardware, it was a tad more involved.
At first, I thought I’d have to drill four holes, one on either side of each of the existing holes. Before I started measuring and drilling, though, I decided to line the new pulls up with one of the existing holes just to see what it would look like. As it turns out, it looked a lot better than I thought it would. All I had to do was put a straight edge across the center of the two existing holes, measure three inches toward the center of the drawer from each of them, mark the spot with a pencil, and drill away.
Some of the holes ended up being just slightly off, so I widened them slightly to allow for more adjustment. Once that was done, I attached the hardware using the provided screws, and tightened them up with my handy-dandy ratcheting screwdriver. (Seriously–for small house projects, you owe it to yourself to grab a ratcheting screwdriver. I’ve had this one for years, and it just makes everything slightly easier.)
About 20 minutes of drilling and fastening time later, the new hardware was in place…
The dresser is much more “us” with the new hardware, and I think it makes the statement we always wanted it to. Because of where the bed is placed, it’s hard to get a straight on shot of the dresser, but here’s a slightly better angle to see the hardware spacing…
Oh, did I mention I’m kind of obsessed with cup pulls right now? Every time we go to the hardware store, Ash has to stop me from suggesting things to put cup pulls on. I know that sounds weird coming from me and that that’s saying a lot coming from this non-home decor geek. I just like them. This project has scratched the itch for now, but keep an eye out for more of them in the near future. It’ll be like an Easter egg hunt. Too early?