Hardworking Hardware

Hardworking Hardware

Sarah Coffey
Feb 17, 2010

Hardware is a small luxury that can make a big difference, whether you're refinishing an old piece of furniture or installing new switchplates. It's one of those things that the eye might not focus on, but nevertheless alters the character of a piece of furniture or even an entire room.

  1. Bin Pulls: Usually made of metals like brass, nickel, or steel, they can transform a wine crate into a kitchen drawer or elevate an unpainted wood dresser to a farmhouse-chic case piece.
  2. Italian Window Screens: On a trip to Italy last year, we spent some time photographing uncommonly beautiful window screens in Venice, Rome, and Bologna. They're a great example of the way hardware can reflect the character and feeling of a place.
  3. Wall-Mounted Water Jet: This detail is on our list of good ideas we wish we could use in our own bathroom. Mounted to the wall, this water jet is used to clean the toilet, so you'll never again need a bacteria-collecting brush!
  4. How to Upgrade Furniture with Paint and Hardware: We used Anthropologie's Zinnia knob in aqua to makeover an old chest. The store is a good resource for cabinet knobs and drawer pulls.
  5. Retro Lighting Hardware & Switchplates by Fontini: The combination of porcelain and bronze in this Spanish hardware feels very chic.
  6. Grommets: A DIYer's Best Friend: This post celebrates the humble grommet, offers ways to use it, and provides lots of links.
  7. Bocci 22: The Outlet for Minimalists: This is probably our favorite electrical outlet. It's simple but full of personality. The installation is tricky and it's expensive, but it's on our "one day" list.
  8. River Rock Knobs from Skipping Stones Studio: Rustic but surprisingly modern, these river rock knobs beg to be touched.
  9. Best Products: Rolling Shower Curtain Rings: This simple, inexpensive piece of hardware keeps our shower curtain from sticking.
  10. How to Put Wheels on an Ottoman: We've written about our love of lockable casters before. They're an easy way to make furniture mobile.


Photos: Lillian's Austrian Downsize / Small Cool 2009 (1), Sarah Coffey (2, 3, 4), Fontini (5), Shelly (6), Bocci (7), Skipping Stones Studio (8), West Elm (9), Sarah Rainwater (10)

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