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10 DIY Ways to Revive Furniture With Decorative Hardware

Knobs, Hinges, Handles, and Pulls Can Make a Major Impact

multicolored cabinet handles
A Kaiko Chic Life

When it comes to decorating, sometimes the beauty is in the details. As is the case with knobs, hinges, handles, and pulls. Think of them like jewelry, but for your furniture.

Bored of blah accents? Swap out (or refurbish) existing hardware for something a bit more statement-making. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to upgrade even the plainest of pieces (well that, and perhaps a fresh coat of paint).

Consider sprucing up a snoozy nightstand with vintage crystal knobs or add polish to a humdrum dresser with luxe leather pulls. And these versatile accessories can just as easily bring a room together. Coordinating hardware instantly transforms mismatched furnishings into a cohesive set.

Ready to give tired drawers and cabinets a well-deserved makeover? We’ve rounded up 10 helpful how-to's that demonstrate just how easy it is to take your furniture from ordinary to outstanding.

  • 01 of 10

    DIY Faux Marble Drawer Knobs

    marble pulls on a dresser
    Mandi Johnson via A Beautiful Mess

    Marble is a major trend, from countertops to coasters, and yes, even knobs. Mandi Johnson (via A Beautiful Mess) modernized her heirloom dresser by trading wooden handles for marbleized knobs, which she DIY-ed with clay.

  • 02 of 10

    Brass Pulls

    Woman installing gold bar pull on a drawer
    One O

    Small space? Try this Ikea hack by One O. The Brimnes bed frame features four sizeable drawers—ideal for storing sweaters, jeans, and even sheets—but the plain white pulls are a bit bland. So why not swap ‘em out for some new, gold-spray painted pulls?

  • 03 of 10

    Mid-Century Starburst Pull

    End table with a starburst drawer pull
    Dream Green DIY

    Love the clean lines and unique flourishes of furniture from the ‘50s and ‘60s, but don’t want to blow your budget on an original (ready-made) piece? Take a cue from Dream Green DIY. A starburst stencil and gold spray paint impart major mid-century modern flair.

  • 04 of 10

    Maps and Leather

    drawer dresser covered with map squares and leather pulls
    Pillar Blue Box

    Want to infuse some global flair into your space? Check out this tutorial by Pillar Blue Box. Like many items from Ikea, the Moppe birchwood mini chest comes unfinished. Maps and leather pulls produce a well-traveled effect.

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  • 05 of 10

    Hexagon Door Knockers

    dresser with a hexagon door knocker
    Jared Smith via Sugar & Cloth

    Don’t limit yourself to traditional hardware. In this tutorial from Sugar & Cloth, a pair of hexagon door knockers elevates this sideboard—not to mention add a major dose of retro glamour.

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    DIY Copper and Concrete Concrete Pulls

    Copper and concrete handles on a cabinet
    A Kaiko Chic Life

    Copper and concrete is a winning combination. Need further evidence? Take a peek at these DIY pulls from A Kaiko Chic Life. Calling this industrial chic is an understatement.

  • 07 of 10

    Embellished Knobs

    Media stand and tv
    Anika’s DIY Life

    Proof that paint and pretty hardware can elevate any piece. Anika’s DIY Life transforms this media console into a faux apothecary cabinet with a rustic red paint job and embossed ceramic knobs (plus a few structural adjustments).

  • 08 of 10

    Ribbon Drawer Pulls

    Drawers with pink ribbon pulls
    Heathered Nest

    While great for organization, built-ins can often lack personality. Give closet storage a shot of kid-approved color with these cute ribbon pulls a la Heathered Nest. How cute would this be for a little girl’s room?

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  • 09 of 10

    Gold Campaign Hardware

    White dresser with gold accents
    Elsie Larson via A Beautiful Mess

    By now you’ve probably noticed that we love a furniture hack—and this is no exception. Elsie Larson (via A Beautiful Mess) ups the ante on glamour with gilded corner braces and bar pulls. The result is seriously splurge-worthy, but for a fraction of the cost of a ready-made piece.

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    DIY Leather Drawer Pulls

    white drawers with leather pulls
    Love & Renovations

    A white bureau is basically a blank slate. Love & Renovations demonstrates how easy it is to DIY leather drawer pulls. The sumptuous texture and rich stain add luxury and a refined masculinity to this boudoir cabinet.