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Bureau Drawer How-To


  • Tack drawer template
  • 5/16-inch-wide brass nails
  • Cardboard
  • Spray paint
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Small cordless dril


  1. Step 1

    Push points of 5/16-inch-wide brass nails into cardboard; those with a matte finish are best for painting. Prime, and paint with spray paint made for use on metal; let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary.

  2. Step 2

    Enlarge template to desired size. Cut out and center template on drawer; adhere to drawer with painters' tape. With a small cordless drill and a bit that is slightly smaller than the nail shank, drill holes through template. (If your bureau is made of a soft wood, such as pine, you may not need to drill.) Remove template.

  3. Step 3

    Tap nails into holes with a nylon-tipped hammer. Repeat for remaining drawers.