This is the hardware that, until yesterday, was on all of our bedroom furniture. I am well aware that they are solid brass Chippendale pulls. Call them what you want. They look like the Bat Signal to me.
We were incredibly lucky to receive a beautiful bedroom suite when we first married. It came from my husband’s aunt’s estate and it is of crazy-high quality. We never would have been able to afford a bedroom set like this. I’m convinced that if we didn’t receive it, our bed would still be on the floor and we’d be using cardboard boxes for nightstands.
I am grateful.
But for nearly 10 years, those Bat Signals have bothered me. They’re not my style. Never will be. If you love the Bat Signals, that’s great! They’re just not for me.
So, after nearly 10 years, I decided it was time to make a change. The only problem was that I didn’t want to spend a ton of money and I needed A LOT of drawer pulls. 41 pulls and 3 knobs to be exact. I didn’t want to spend more than $2.00 per pull.
The problem was compounded by the fact that I needed 2 different sizes of pulls. The long dresser needed the standard 3″ on-center pulls. Everything else needed a hard-to-find 2.5″ on-center pull.
I turned the internet inside-out trying to find a single piece of hardware that came in those two sizes. It doesn’t exist. Except, of course, the Bat Signal hardware.
So I compromised and chose two different styles of hardware from the same manufacturer (Amerock) in the same finish (satin nickel), so that I knew the color and finish would at least match. Of course, I would prefer if they all matched, but that would have required hand-forging my own hardware. This imperfection will have to do.
I ended up purchasing my hardware from CabinetParts.com. But some other sources that I considered were Ebay (some great deals to be found if you’re flexible), Amazon (is there anything they don’t sell?), Kitchen Cabinet Hardware (big selection with good prices), and Simply Knobs and Pulls (ditto). And, of course, Lowe’s, Home Depot and even Target are great sources for knobs and pulls.
I managed to stay well within my budget. The cup pulls were $1.37 each. The regular pulls were $1.16 and the knobs were $.97. Count me happy.
For about $60, I was able to transform my furniture from something that I was incredibly grateful to have into something that I love. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that the new hardware changed the whole feel of the room.
Do you have some little thing that continually bugs you? What could you do to change it?