Monday, January 6, 2014

The Secret to Painting Furniture Pulls


I love furniture handles, pulls, and knobs.  It's that bit of accessory that can dress up the furniture, kind of like your favorite pair of earrings that completes the outfit.

Replacing or refinishing the hardware is always a question I need to answer before starting a piece. The last dresser I worked on had 12 handles that needed an update.  It would have been a pretty penny to replace all of them.  And often I will come across very dated hardware and brand new pulls won't fit the original holes.  In these cases, I choose to paint them.


In the past, I would lay out the clean hardware on a flat piece of cardboard and spray paint them.  But that always left a little pile of dried paint where the handle of the pull would lay.  And I would have to flip the pull over and get the other side, leaving another little pile of paint.  I knew there must be an easier way.  So I created one.


I've had this rough piece of 4X4 sitting around for quite sometime.  (NOTE: Since taking this photo, I have screwed into the bottom a square piece of plywood so it would sit easier on any surface.) I wanted my "painting station" to be freestanding and this fit the bill.  I had 12 handles, so I used 3 nails on each side.

It can also double as a medieval torture tool.


I just hung each handle on the nail, using the screw hole in the back.  Before I painted, I made sure the pull part of the handle was sitting in the middle, so as not to touch either side.



I then spray as directed.


Just a few light passes and these babies were done.


Here they are accessorizing their new home.


This method created a beautiful finish.  And I love that my painting station is re-usable.  I hope this little tip helps you the next time you are pondering painting or replacing your furniture pulls.

Have a fabulous day,

Debbie

22 comments:

  1. Awesome tip why didn't I think of that lol thanks so much for sharing will definitely be using this tip

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  2. What a great idea! I love it when other people are smarter than me and I get to benefit. I will be doing this come summer, as I just moved and need to do some updating without spending a ton

    Marissa

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  3. Hi Debbie, I saw this at DIY by Design. This is SUCH a good idea, I totally hate painting those type of pulls too, and this is a great solution. Will definitely pin this for future reference. Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. such a brilliant fix
    for an annoying problem

    love it!

    would like to invite you
    to share at Fridays Unfolded this week too!

    Alison
    Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

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  5. Great idea!! I'm so glad you shared this! I painted a chest of drawers and the pulls look just like yours.♥♫

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  6. Great idea!!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

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  7. That is dedication to your craft! Great idea!

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  8. What a great idea! My grandmother always said, "necessity is the mother of invention". You needed a fix and created something to fix that. Way to go!

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  9. What a terrific idea! I struggle with my hardware and nothing I've tried has been wildly successful. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

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  10. Great tips and tricks. I will be featuring this tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

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  11. Thanks so much for sharing them with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

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  12. just wanted to let you know
    that your post is being featured
    on Fridays Unfolded this week!

    Alison
    Nancherrow

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  13. Ingenious!! I've always done it the old way and lately I've been painting them with chalk paint and a brush...time consuming. I love your idea, thanks!
    Debbie :)

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  14. What a great idea - makes it so much easier. Cathy

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  15. Very cool! Do you have to put any protective coating on the hardware after spraying them? Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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  16. Wow thank you for the share. I am off the set up my paint station. sheryl

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  17. Smart solution! Thank you for sharing your awesome idea! I'll be pinning this for sure.

    Val @ artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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