Our Best-Kept Secret for Giving Furniture a Newly Restored Look

Plus, our editor's best sources for furniture legs, hardware, and other fixtures.

IKEA Besta cabinet chair and coffee table
Photo: Courtesy of Prettypegs

It's a DIY trick worthy of David Blaine himself: New hardware is all it takes to levitate—er, elevate—a piece of furniture. Consider the IKEA Besta Cabinet ($109, ikea.com) pictured above: Outfitted with slender matte-black Sara Legs ($30, norseinteriors.com) at the ends and Ilse Legs ($25, norseinteriors.com) in center, Marlen knobs ($10 each, norseinteriors.com) as well as textural caned doors ($480, norseinteriors.com) all from Norse Interiors—ta da!—it looks like a million bucks. To update more items, head to Living home editor Lorna Aragon's other go-to websites, and pull some magical accents out of a hat.

To customize or refresh any desk, dresser, side-board, or sofa, screw in new fixtures. Here are four places to find legs, knobs, and more.


The founding of Prettypegs was inspired by a trip to IKEA. Founders and real-life couple Jana Cagin Mikael Söderblom were browsing the aisles, discouraged by the lack of style in a fixture's details such as a sofa or a table with plain legs. Today, they specialize in furniture legs, knobs, and handles that can be swapped out and personalized in a one-of-a-kind upgrade. Shop our editor's pick: the Elsie Adjust Aluminum Furniture Leg ($21, prettypegs.com).


Designer Matthew Burak's story similarly started with attention to detail—an antique leg under a hotel lobby table. His interest in woodworking eventually inspired his family's home restoration project: an 18th century farmhouse in the town of Danville, Vermont. His team specializes in the architecture and furnishing styles of colonial America. Shop our editor's pick: the Circa Round Furniture Foot, 4", in Maple with Satin Brass Tip ($18, tablelegs.com).


Twenty years in business, MyKnobs.com offers a selection of decorative fixtures, including kitchen and bath cabinet hardware, plus lighting, switch plates, and tiling. Their showroom is located on Long Island Sound in New York but they ship nationwide. Shop our editor's pick: the Manzoni Hardware Designer Wood Groovy Designer Wood Pull ($19, myknobs.com).

Build with Ferguson

The supplier Build with Ferguson offers fixtures in practically every category of home improvement—from lighting and plumbing, to hardware and major appliances—with an eye for modern quality. Shop our editor's pick: the Lews Hardware Round Bar-Cabinet Knob ($6.25, build.com).

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