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HOW TO SHABBY CHIC ANTIQUE CABINET HARDWARE AND DRAWER PULLS

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DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

Hi folks!

Remember when I made this fabulous under the bed rolling storage solution from an old book shelf?

GENIUS DIY UNDER-THE-BED STORAGE SOLUTION

Well, I want to share with you today how I made those fantabulous drawer pulls. Okay, well, I didn’t actually “make” the drawer pulls. That would take some serious skills. But I did refinish them to give ’em an awesome shabby chic antiqued look.

Here’s what they looked like when I first got my hands on them…

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Ewe. Ugly, right?

I found two sets of these in my dad’s back room storage stash. What’s dad’s back room storage stash? Well, there’s a small mother in law apartment in the back of their house that they were meaning to fix up (yeah, I might get around to that one day after I finish all the work on the main part of their house) and all I can say about it now is that they had good intentions. But since no one was living in there, it ended up a place for my dad’s stash. You see, my dad was a DIYer long before I was even a glimmer in his eye. And sometimes DIYers tend to keep stuff that they think might come in handy for a future job. It sorta used to drive my mom crazy. And it was never surprising to hear something like, “Hey, don’t get rid of that! That’s a good piece of wood,” come out of my dad’s mouth.

Before I got all into DIY-ing, I used to think my dad was a novice hoarder trying real hard to become the real deal. Now, I get it and I thank him just about anytime I need some random item, because there’s a good chance I’ll find it in his stash.

By the way, there is this beautiful intricately carved door in his stash that he half sanded down back in the day and it’s just waiting for me to finish the job. My mouth waters every time I walk by it. My plan is that when I get to re-finishing the kitchen later this year, I’ll use it as a back door. Oh, and the kitchen is another story. I just requested a quote for the electrical for the job (I don’t do electrical…it scares me), so another step towards getting me ready to get that job started.

Anyway, when I needed drawer pulls for my book shelf turned under the bed storage, I had no doubt I’d find something in his stash. And I did! Only they were butt ugly. But they had some good bones to them. All those dips and curves made the ugly drawer pulls the perfect candidate for some antiquing. So the vision began.

First thing I did was give them a good soap and water cleaning and then I slapped on a coat of a spray paint primer for metal. Then, using a small paint brush, I followed up with a coat of the same turquoise color I used for the storage drawer.

 

DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

 

Now, you won’t believe how super easy it was to finish this up. All I did next was dry brush some white paint over the turquoise and Voila!

 

DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

 

If you haven’t dry-brushed before, it’s simple. All you do is put some paint on your brush, wipe most of it off (I used a paper towel to wipe off the extra) and then lightly brush over your surface. So easy!

Finally, you can apply a top coat of Polycrylic protective finish to protect the finish and avoid chipping. I chose not to. I figured if they chipped it would only add to that shabby look I was going for. Although I’ve been using the pulls for a while now and there’s been no chipping.

Here are some more pics of my perdy shabby chic antiqued drawer pulls…

 

DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

 

 

DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

 

 

DIY SHABBY CHIC DRAWER PULLS

Well, that’s it my friends!

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xo! ~Jenise

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33 Comments on HOW TO SHABBY CHIC ANTIQUE CABINET HARDWARE AND DRAWER PULLS

  1. Mary
    March 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm (2 years ago)

    You go girl!! These look great!

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    • Jenise
      March 29, 2015 at 7:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank ya Mary! Only a few more weeks to vacation!!! xo!

      Reply
  2. Your handles turned out beautiful! I love that color! They look great on your pretty under the bed storage drawer. Thanks for sharing your technique!

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  3. Brenda
    March 30, 2015 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    Great Idea! Have have some drawer pull I should do this to!

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    • Jenise
      March 30, 2015 at 7:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Brenda! They definitely have a fun look! :-)

      Reply
  4. Gilly @ Colour Saturated Life
    March 31, 2015 at 5:06 am (2 years ago)

    These are just gorgeous, would not have crossed my mind to do this with hardware, great idea!

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  5. Christine
    March 31, 2015 at 4:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh! Love the shabby look!!!

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    • Jenise
      April 1, 2015 at 5:24 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Christine! And thanks for hosting!!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      April 1, 2015 at 5:24 am (2 years ago)

      Awe, thank you so much Bethany!

      Reply
  6. Suzan
    March 31, 2015 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

    These turned out so pretty !
    Great job!

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    • Jenise
      April 1, 2015 at 5:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Suzan! You’re so kind! :-)

      Reply
  7. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
    March 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm (2 years ago)

    This is such a great idea, and I love how they turned out! Hopped over from the Vintage Inspiration Party…

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    • Jenise
      April 1, 2015 at 5:22 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Linda! That’s so nice of you to say!! :-)

      Reply
  8. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    April 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm (2 years ago)

    They look amazing. You can see the detail now, these are some gorgeous pulls! Great job.

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    • Jenise
      April 2, 2015 at 9:58 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Nikki! They’re definitely fun!

      Reply
  9. Kim
    April 1, 2015 at 8:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Really great color and super easy…I love that!!

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    • Jenise
      April 2, 2015 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Kim!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      April 3, 2015 at 8:54 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Mila! I’d love to stop by!

      Reply
  10. Dominika
    April 3, 2015 at 1:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Absolutely fantastic :)

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    • Jenise
      April 4, 2015 at 4:42 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Dominika!

      Reply
  11. Jann Olson
    April 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm (2 years ago)

    Love the look! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  12. Karen
    April 7, 2015 at 8:51 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVE the colors on these!
    I hope you will stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link party Monday-Thursday :)
    Karen

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    • Jenise
      April 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much Karen! I’ll definitely pop on over!

      Reply
  13. John Abbott
    May 28, 2015 at 4:12 am (2 years ago)

    Great post! Though can you tell me exactly what shade of blue is that?

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    • Jenise
      May 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi John!
      The color is Behr Marquee Caicos Turquoise from Home Depot. I just love it!

      Reply
  14. Kati
    September 20, 2015 at 3:41 pm (2 years ago)

    These are beautiful! Now I can make any drawer pull look amazing :) Thanks for the tutorial!

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    • Jenise
      September 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank yo Kati! You’re so welcome!

      Reply
  15. sarah
    November 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

    easy and beautiful! i plan to use this technique for an entire Victorian metal headboard and footboard, i love it!

    Reply
  16. Jamie
    December 13, 2016 at 5:51 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi,
    I am having some difficulty painting some drawer pulls for a dresser that we are painting. When I used the spray paint it covered everything similar to your first picture of turquoise drawer pulls. I am nervous to try the white paint trick but am willing to get the paint and try it. Are there any other tricks to use to get some of the antique look back before I painted them.

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    • Jenise
      December 17, 2016 at 10:42 pm (5 months ago)

      Jamie, This is the only technique I’ve used for getting an antique look. I’m sure you could find more if you google the idea. But I’m guessing anything you find will include using multiple paints.

      Reply

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