7th House on the Left

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.

Ikea Dresser Before / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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…

Ikea Dresser Before / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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.

How to Switch Out Dresser Hardware / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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.

How to Switch Out Dresser Hardware / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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.

How to Switch Out Dresser Hardware / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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…

How to Switch Out Dresser Hardware / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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…

How to Switch Out Dresser Hardware / 7thhouseontheleft.com

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 dreaming up 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?


posted by Ashley  /  34 Comments

Over the last year (or more), I’ve been having a “crisis of decorating style”. I have no idea what our “style” is. Naturally, we just gravitate to things we love and put it together as we go (which is how I think a home is successfully created – but that’s another whole blog post). On the other hand, I tend to jump all over the place.  One minute I’m picking out a rustic reclaimed wood dining table and 2 minutes later looking at mid-century(ish) modern sofas. I really want to find a way to wrap it all in one pretty package. I’ve felt like I’ve been getting a tad closer and closer to the “pretty package” (in my head anyway, not in the house just yet), but I’ve had no earthly idea what to call it.

Last night, I was browsing the Internet (more specifically, I was Googling around for photos of sectionals to gain some inspiration for our living room) and wound up on HomeGoods’ website, which caused me to stumble on their Stylescope quiz. Have you guys done this quiz?! It’s pretty cool. All you do is pick five images that “speak” to you and it narrows down the name of your style. Because of my huge, gigantic, year-long “crisis of decorating style”, I didn’t have high hopes for this quiz – I mean, what can five photos tell you, right? Much to my surprise, it’s crazy kinds of accurate. At least for me I think it was. My result was “Farmhouse Glam with a touch New Country”. Um, yes. That’s it!

HomeGoods Stylescope Quiz Results // 7thhouseontheleft.com

The description said, “Farmhouse Glam is very approachable elegance, layering texture rather than color to create a look that is modern and rustic. Chandeliers above picnic tables. Ornate candlesticks alongside weathered pieces.” We may not have any picnic tables under chandeliers, but we love the concept of layering texture rather than color, “approachable elegance” and joining modern with rustic.

HomeGoods Stylescope Quiz Results // 7thhouseontheleft.com

As for the second half of my results (the “touch new country”), I think the “new” is more accurate for us than the “country”. Greg and I both love clean lines, not a lot of clutter and generally keeping things simple – which I think translates over into the “new”. This might be why we’ve been looking at mid-century modern(ish) sofas. They’re clean-lined and simple.

All in all, even though we aren’t quite “there”, it feels good to be able to put a name to an idea that’s been rolling around in our heads for a long time. Click here to take the quiz for a spin. Share your results with us! It will be interesting and fun to see everyone’s style names and if they’re accurate.

Images from here. This post was not sponsored by HomeGoods. Just recanting my Google-searching rabbit hole.

Today we have a fun giveaway coming to you from Dana, an independent consultant for Scentsy. I first became aware of Scentsy when I was given one as a gift. I’m an avid candle lover, so I wasn’t too sure if I would warm up to the idea of a “flameless candle”. The specially formulated wax Scentsy Bars with the heat of a low-watt light bulb and fills the room with fragrance, just like a candle would. It’s safer than a traditional candle (no flame), there are tons of scent options to choose from, and you can switch the scents out without having to buy a whole new candle. Sure, if you’re a die hard candle-lover like I, it won’t replace the ambiance of a real candle, but it’s a perfect thing to have on all day to get the fragrant aroma of one (we have one in our laundry room that we keep on pretty much all day every day). In other words, we’re fans. Psst… find out how everyone can get a special 7th House discount near the end of the post.

$100 Scentsy Giveaway // 7thhouseontheleft.com

Today, we’re excited to give one lucky reader a $100 Scentsy gift certificate! Here’s how to enter… Scroll down to the giveaway widget below and log in with your Facebook account. If you’d rather not use your Facebook account, or don’t have one, just enter your email address (registering, adding a password, etc is not required and as always, your information is kept private!). Once you’ve done that, you’ll be shown the entry requirements set by yours truly. Click the “Do it!” button, type the phrase in the blank in the widget, then click “Enter!” Once you’ve entered, you’ll see some optional entry options. To gain additional entries and increase your chances of winning the prize, you can do one or all of them – or none, it’s up to you. If you already follow Dana’s Scentsy page or 7th House, go ahead and enter your Facebook or Twitter info, and you’ll be automatically given the extra entries. This giveaway is open to everyone in the US, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Oh, Canada (woo hoo!). As usual, the winner will be chosen using Random.org.

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If you email your order directly to Dana and mention 7th House in your email, she’ll hook you up with a special deal. If you go this route, she’ll take care of your payment over the phone. To pay online, just place your order here. Good luck, everyone!

Disclosure: Dana is my cousin and a long-time 7th House reader (since day 1!). As with any giveaway, we aren’t receiving any payment, commission or “perks” for hosting it.