When we posted about eco-friendly drawer pulls recently, one of our readers asked about ideas for updating existing hardware. It's true – why spend money and resources when you can work with what you already have? Here are five simple ways to add new life to old drawers and cabinets…
• Fabric – All it takes is a little white glue to affix cotton fabric to a wooden drawer knob. (If you're using a knob that has already been finished, strip it with sandpaper before affixing the glue and fabric.) This would be a great use for any scrap fabric, or maybe even an old handkerchief or shirt. Find step-by-step instructions at A Field Journal (pictured above) and Good Housekeeping.
• Buttons – It's easy and inexpensive to add personality to drawer pulls by gluing on buttons, vintage brooches, and other small decorative objects. We haven't given EcoGlue a try yet, but it seems promising for projects such as this.
• Stones – Before you spend an arm and a leg on stone drawer pulls, raid your own rock collection or take a look around your local river or beach (just make sure gathering is legal) and make your own elegant knobs. Sea glass could be pretty, too. For tips, visit Care 2.
• Paint – Not into fabric or doodads? How about color? If you have metal hardware, remove it from the cabinet or drawer and paint using an eco-friendly spray paint.
• Corks – This option would actually replace your old knobs, but the cost is zero if you already have wine or champagne corks lying around. Check out Poetic Home for an example. Incidentally, we think cork pulls would look great alongside repurposed crates such as these also featured by Poetic Home.
Related: The Best Eco-Friendly Drawer Pulls