Micro Makeovers: DIY Drawer Knobs Will Totally Transform Your Dresser

updated May 3, 2019
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Drawer pulls are one of those details you don’t spend a lot of time contemplating (totally understandable). But the second you switch them up, you’ll be surprised how much they can change the look of a piece of furniture, or even an entire room. The best part? These micro makeovers cost a lot less—and require way less elbow grease—than a full-on furniture refinishing.

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A sea-blue dresser with rope drawer pulls is going to help our urban apartments channel the beach house of our dreams. The how-to from Country Living sounds so easy, we think this project should take just one trip to the hardware store, plus 5 minutes of our time.

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1/4″ sisal rope from Home Depot, $6 for 50 feet

Total cost: $6

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Jenny from Little Green Notebook has revealed the easiest way to turn smooth agate slices into drawer pulls: Just attach screws to the backs of the stones using Sugru, a magical, moldable glue that dries into rubber. Three cheers for a heavy-duty hold, without the chemical smells of adhesives.

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Total cost: $43 (enough supplies to transform at least two dressers, or all of your kitchen cabinets)

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As a fan of minimalism and natural materials, I’ve been admiring kitchens with leather cabinet pulls (including this gorgeous one from an L.A. house tour) for years. The rich color of the pulls above by Stilzitat warms up an all-white kitchen.

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Total cost: $2 (or $17 if you don’t have a leather belt to devote to the project)

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If springing for real marble knobs isn’t in the budget, A Beautiful Mess‘s polymer clay look-a-likes will give you the same sophistication for less than 13 bucks. For a more colorful marbleized look, swap in other colors for the gray clay.

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Total cost: $13

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Leave it to the Free People Blog to come up with a DIY drawer pull that will turn our bedrooms into whimsical bohemian sanctuaries. Harnessing the power of the crystal trend, these quartz knobs will radiate good energy.

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  • Rose quartz crystals, $12 for 6-10 pieces from GeoSpecimens
  • Flat-head screws

Total cost: Less than $15

(Image credit: Mad In Crafts)

If you already have some plain porcelain knobs that just need a little sprucing up, try Mad In Crafts method for marbleizing them using polymer clay.

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Total cost: About $14, depending upon how many clay colors you mix

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Wooden knobs hand-painted with adorable animal faces would look sweet in a kid’s room. Aileen from At Home in Love shares the secret to painting tiny details in her tutorial on Sugar & Cloth.

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Total cost: About $15

(Image credit: Ada’s Interior Design)

Ada’s Interior Design takes the leather drawer pull one step further by braiding thin strips of lacing to achieve a textured effect. The look is delicate and decorative, making it ideal for a bedroom dresser.

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Total cost: $12