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Give Your Dresser a Stylish Makeover with Easy-to-Install Drawer Pulls

Boring old wardrobe, no more!

ikea dresser with leather cord handle upgrade
Photography by: CHELSEA CAVANAUGH

Much as replacing plain buttons with jazzier ones can transform an old coat, new drawer pulls can elevate a basic dresser. Even better, our DIY ideas will work on any drawers, including ones with oddly spaced holes or vintage hardware.

 

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Get Strap Happy

Use a leather punch to put a hole in each end of the natural-leather strips, then fasten them onto drawers with flat-backed brass machine screws in front and acorn nuts in back.

 

Above: IKEA Tarva chest, in Pine, $229, ikea.com. Chance handpainted sun hat, $255, chanceco.com, Tandy Leather natural cowhide leather strip, 2" by 50", $17, amazon.com; Art-Minds leather punch, $10, michaels.com

dresser handle upgrade braided leather cord loop
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Add a Loop

Double a short length of braided leather, thread it through a brass wing nut and the drawer hole, then knot the ends together to secure it.

 

M&J Trimming braided leather bolo, 6mm, in Natural, $10 a yd., mjtrim.com

 

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dresser handle upgrade leather cord metal brass tube
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Go Long

Trim a brass tube to size with a tubing cutter. Knot one end of a thin leather cord, and feed it through a drawer hole. Add the tube, feed the other end of cord through a second hole, and knot it.

 

M&J Trimming round leather cord, 2mm, in Natural, $2 a yd., mjtrim.com; Metal round tube, in Brass, 12″ by 1/8″, $1.50, grainger.com

handle upgrade braided leather strap
Photography by: Peter Ardito

Do a Twist

Bend an eight-inch piece of flat leather braid. Push a flat-backed screw through it, and secure it onto the drawer with an acorn nut.

 

M&J Trimming two-color braided vinyl (similar to shown), 1.″, $8 a yd., mjtrim.com

 

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