Batman Called. He Wants His Hardware Back.

by Kimba on February 14, 2011

in decorating,Do it yourself

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?

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{ 44 comments }

1 Melonie B February 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

Oh I absolutely LOVE how it turned out! The hardware makes it look so modern now. I can’t believe you only spent $60, that’s a great deal!
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2 Gretchen February 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

I’m glad your furniture feels more YOU now, but I hope you saved the original hardware in case you ever pass it on or sell it to someone who appreciates the traditional style.

3 Kimba February 14, 2011 at 9:55 am

That’s exactly what I did. I saved the hardware in case someone wants to put it back on.

4 Jade February 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

I have the exact same hardware on my desk, and I was just pondering replacing it last night — timely! I was thinking about doing something very very similar to what you put on the long dresser — but now that I see it — I think I actually like the “bat signals” better, lol. Thanks so much for posting this!

5 Kimba February 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m glad I could save you some trouble!

6 Darcy@Somewhatmuddledmusings February 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

I love your changes!

You know what else is wrong with batman signals? If you have a house that has some bounce in it for any reason, those things sit and plink with the vibrations..drives me up the wall! My grandmother had a couple of those kinds of dressers and sewing cabinets in her home, and her floors had a bit of a bounce, and you’d here the plinking all.day.long!

7 Jen February 14, 2011 at 9:09 am

We spent $987,309,398.76 on a bedroom set when we first got married in 1993 so I felt compelled to keep it forever. Even though it was a very mid-90s shade of honey oak with bright brass pulls. SO last summer I got brave with 5 cans of black spray paint and some faux-antique blue glass knobs from Target. SOOOO for a little less than $100, I have a completely new bedroom set!!
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8 Kimba February 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

That’s fantastic!

9 Kimberly Dial February 14, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Jenn, any chance of you posting pics of what you did to your bedroom suite. I’ve got the same problem — a queensize headboard/footboard, 2 nightstands, dresser/mirror & chest — all in honey oak — I’ve been afraid to paint it and can’t afford to replace it! I’d love to see what you’ve done :)

10 Nadir@StitchSense February 14, 2011 at 9:34 am

I love how sharp that brushed nickel makes the dressers look! Beautiful transformation, I’m sure you’re loving it! :-)

11 kate February 14, 2011 at 9:41 am

holy transformation batman (sorry couldn’t resist!)…really looks so much better!
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12 cassie {hi sugarplum} February 14, 2011 at 9:45 am

That really make a huge difference! thanks for the hardware sources too!
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13 Loribeth February 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

They look great…. Just curious, did you consider redrilling the holes for the 2.5″ pulls so you could use 3″ pulls?

I’ve been thinking about changing the hardware on our kitchen cabinets to a satin nickel. I think it would take the 1980′s oak cabinets that Jim won’t let me paint into this century.
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14 Kimba February 14, 2011 at 10:39 am

I did consider it, but I didn’t want to add any more holes to the furniture. And then I would have had to fill in the 2-1/2″ holes with wood putty or something like that.

15 lee laurie February 14, 2011 at 10:26 am

Wow! Those knobs look so much better. I have those yucky ‘batman’ knobs on a couple of pieces of furniture…gonna have to change that soon! Thanks for the inspiration.

16 Katherine @ Grass Stains February 14, 2011 at 10:28 am

Kimba … what a DIFFERENCE! It looks so updated now, and I don’t think mixing and matching the hardware matters at all. Since the finishes are the same, it all blends so well. Love!

17 Stephanie@cre8tive February 14, 2011 at 10:40 am

Wow, those pulls really made a huge transformation . I love the name you gave your old pulls, they really do look like batmam pulls. Great deal on the hardware, it can be expensive to do a lot of furniture like that, you really scored.

18 Cheryl February 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

Isn’t it funny how those things can eat at us?
Turned out great!

Cheryl

19 Gina February 14, 2011 at 10:56 am

Looks awesome! I recently did the same thing in our kitchen, I found a vintage style draw pulls for about a buck a piece on Overstock. What a difference it made, and not just for my wallet!

20 Jessie February 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

LOVE the transformation! What a great deal too!

21 Mandy February 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

What a difference – love it!

We were still in the “cardboard box for nightsands” phase until a couple of weeks ago. I finally bought some new to us nightstands from Craigslist. I’m going to paint them today – finally, REAL nightstands!

22 Laura Beek February 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

uhm … WOW!

23 MyDesignGuide.com February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

You are right on several levels…the pulls are also known as batwing pulls…named prior to the emergence of Batman I guess, but same concept….

The new ones look great.

24 Janet February 14, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Love it!! Have those same annoying batman pulls — mind if I be a copycat??

Janet

25 Linda February 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Wow, what a transformation! We have one chest of drawers that has the “Chippendale pulls!” Just saying that makes me rush to go get myself a cup of tea, so I can raise my pinkie in the air while holding the cup! So hoity-toity!

Anyways…I have been given new hope that I can also makeover our dresser and chest of drawers (they don’t match.) Maybe by our 10 the anniversary?! I have a couple more years!

26 Jamie February 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

That is a HUGE transformation! I’ve seed good priced, solid wood pieces at yard sales and on craigslist that have batman themed hardware and I could never look past that and would opt not to buy the piece. But, I’ll be looking a little harder/closer now. WOW!

27 Patti G February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Okay – “Chippendale Pulls” – I just HAVE to say this…….they don’t remind me of any chippendale I’ve ever seen. (smirk)

28 Tys February 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm

We had that same issue a few years ago! Our bedroom furniture was my hub’s that he got in the 8th grade! Oh my! honey oak & brass bat signals (lol!) ;)

We couldn’t replace them because they had etched into the wood and no pull would cover it. Anyway, we just painted the bat signals bronze and wow did that help… now it’s all in the guest bedroom, but i’m glad it gave it further life.

Point being… your stuff looks great! Good job on all accounts!
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29 Heathahlee February 14, 2011 at 7:22 pm

WOW! I love the transformation! Definitely updates the room.
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30 Gina February 14, 2011 at 7:33 pm

The new look is sleeker and very chic – matchy-matchy is soooo over-rated!! Glad you were able to make it look more modern, less Batman!

31 antiquechase February 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I may never be able again to look at hardware like that without hearing the batman song!! Great job on your update!
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32 Katie February 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

When I first married my husband, I so wanted to have a grown up home and since we had the money to do it, we went crazy. Now we have a matching oak honey stained rustic bedroom set and a dark stained dinner table and matching china cabinet. I think as nice as it all is, I love change and I love to DIY all over everything but there is no way I can paint my bedroom furniture or dining stuff white or change it out for some cool $10 garage sale find. We did however have leather book furniture and now having children did decide to give it away. So at the very least I am in the market for a coffee table and side table preferably some $10 find at a garage sale or free road side find that is in need of some rebirth via paint. That way if I hate it later it can go into our garage sale or where ever.

33 Pine Tree Home February 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm

All that research looking for hardware totally paid off. It looks like a whole new set. Wonderful job.

34 Kimberly Dial February 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm

The new hardware looks great & the price is remarkable! Way to shop (& spend) wisely! Bravo!

35 Christy February 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm

You’re not alone!! I see the Bat symbol in there, too, and my hubby would love that if it existed on our bedroom furniture. Thank God it doesn’t. :)

When we first moved into our house, all of our cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms had the ugliest handles and pulls that were this wannabe brass color, and they were peeling and tarnishing like crazy. Took me no time flat to get all of those switched over to a brushed silver, and my sanity was saved. Very cheap, too, which is always good. :)
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36 Anna February 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

WHOA! And that is why you’re KIMBA! Way to go!!! We’re working on cheap and easy changes for our homes during the rest of the week on our blog. No way we’ll come up with anything as great as your drawer pulls. I’ll have to link to you. I just can’t believe how much that updated your look. AWESOME!
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37 darlene February 15, 2011 at 12:35 am

Love the transformation. I call them “bing bong” handles. I know the weirdest thing ever! My hubby had a dresser when we were first married with those knobs. For a while it landed up in our garage. I quite despised it. Until we had our first daughter and were moving into a new house and needed a dresser. I removed the handles painted the dresser white and the drawer fronts a purple gingham (super slick technique) and put on new handles. No one could believe the transformation.

Love the look you got…super slick!
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38 ches February 15, 2011 at 10:10 am

Great deal on your hardware. I really love those cup pulls, exactly what I am putting on my kitchen drawers. Your furniture looks so much more modern, its amazing what a little tweaking will do.

39 Amanda February 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

Oh my goodness!!! I have the same batman pulls on our dresser and nightstand! I call them eagles though. Hate them. I did buy some new ones and they didn’t fit when I got home…….ugh! So, I painted them a blue gray for now. Love what your new ones. It looks great.

Amanda

40 Chara Michele February 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Wow! I am amazed at how much this changed your bedroom set! I love the new knobs & pulls!
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41 Laryssa @Heaven In The Home February 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Wow! What a difference. It looks great!

42 Megan February 23, 2011 at 9:56 am

Wow, what a transformation. I have a set that was my Grandmother’s, and I love it. It’s soo sturdy and classic, but I’ll bet changing out the hardware would do wonders for it. You’ve given me something to think about. Thanks!

43 Holly February 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Oh see I don’t even think it looks like the same pieces of furniture with the new pulls! The brass really dates the furniture and makes them look cheap and I dont think thats ever a good thing!!

Awesome job!!! I love it =)
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44 Kim March 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

This is an awesome idea! Looks great!

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