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Bureau Drawer How-To

Source: Martha Stewart


  • 5/16-inch-wide brass nails

  • Cardboard

  • Spray paint

  • Hammer

  • Scissors

  • Small cordless dril


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

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