Thursday, November 4, 2010

Painting drawer pulls

Before I painted the cabinets, my drawer pulls were a satin nickel finish.  I found them at Pottery Barn.  The bin pulls were a fabulous price and I couldn't resist them.  I got the knobs at a discount center for super cheap and they work well with the bin pulls.

Drawer pulls are serious jewelry for your cabinets!  Without them, my cabinets were pretty much lifeless.  When I painted the cabinets the creamy white, I really thought the pulls needed to be darker, and coordinate with the appliances.  But, I really didn't want to buy new hardware!!  My man, would not have liked that!  So I did the next best thing!!  Enter, paint!

Spray paint, to be exact!  Rust-oleum has the best collection of colors to choose from.  Here's how I did it.
  1. I took all hardware off the doors, cleaned them in hot soapy water and laid them down on paper in the garage.
  2. I used the Rust-oleum primer and gave them all one coat.
  3. Then I took the metallic spray paint and did two coats.

I flipped the bin pull down instead of up this time.  We constantly had crumbs in the handle, and I couldn't get to it to clean them out!  Gross!!!  This way, my bin pulls stay clean!  YAY!


I was pleasantly surprised at how easy all this was!  In no time at all, I had a completely new look!  The key is the primer.  DO NOT skip this step!!!  You will end up with chippy drawer pulls.  The paint just won't stick to the bare metal!  I tested that theory out on one knob.  So, if you've got pulls that need to be updated and you don't want to buy new ones, get busy!  Start painting!


  1. good for you! cheep cheep and they look fantastic :)

  2. Nicely done! I got a tip from a former auto-body shop owner now working at Home Depot to use a spray can of auto-body primer then your choice of spray pain on top, that way the paint will never chip off. He used it on door knobs in his house...I have the paint and it's on my list to get rid of that lovely gold color on the cheap without having to buy new ones.

  3. I love this! There are no words to describe how much I hate my tarnished brass 1980's pulls! I always wondered what to do to make it stick. I don't know why primer never occurred to me. :)

    Thanks for sharing your makeover.

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  5. What is this spray paint color? Exactly the look I'm going for!

  6. Decide what size knobs you want. The trend right now is for large scale knobs, but you need to be careful. Huge knobs on small scale furniture can look a bit cartoonish, which may be just the look you're after.

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  9. I like different types of drawer pulls! Drawer Handles and Pulls are best accessories for home improvement. Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love your "how to" on painting the drawer pulls. They are gorgeous. I wanted to "pin" this on Pinterest, but sad to see you didn't have the pin button. Is there any chance you will have it so we could?

  11. Thanks so much Erin! I can not wait to do this in my kitchen and my daughter's furniture.

  12. I'm gonnna really need to do this soon, thanks for sharing your great guide!


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