The One Product I Rely On to Make My Furniture Look Luxe

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brass knobs

The Spruce / Illustration by Amy Sheehan / Amazon

One thing to know about me is that I'm someone who's always on the hunt for that next great furniture piece. In my view, a house is never totally "done" being decorated. I particularly enjoy shopping at vintage stores and flea markets and giving pre-loved furnishings a new home. In my mind, there's nothing better than taking a leisurely stroll through one of my favorite secondhand shops only to encounter a fabulous piece with tons of character that's just begging to come home with me.

One thing I've learned throughout my vintage shopping adventures, though, is that even the most perfect looking furniture pieces will often need a little TLC. I'm not the most crafty person by any means, so I usually pass on anything that's in need of major refurbishing, but I am all about making small tweaks to my secondhand finds. Most often, that means swapping out the existing hardware on a desk or dresser for drawer pulls that better reflect my style.

Earlier this summer, I decided to pop into one of my favorite neighborhood thrift shops on a Saturday afternoon, and lo and behold, I found an absolutely fabulous wooden secretary desk that I knew would be perfect for my apartment. I grabbed the price tag right away and rushed to the register to claim the piece, which now sits in my bedroom and is a fantastic work from home station. That said, while the desk was an amazing price and well proportioned for my small space, its hardware was lacking. The crystal knobs that graced the desk appeared a bit dated and just weren't bringing me joy.

desk knobs

Allie Provost for Sarah Lyon

Regardless, I wasn't worried about this at all, given that hardware is so easy to swap out. I purchase most of my hardware on Amazon because the shipping is speedy and the prices are great. I decided to order four of these vintage looking brass knobs, which, at $2.97 each, were a total no-brainer. They arrived just a couple of days later thanks to Prime shipping, and as soon as I added them to my desk, I was thrilled. The piece now suits my style to a T, and I love that the hardware makeover only cost me about $12 total.

Amerock Cabinet Knob in Burnished Brass 1 ¼"

cabinet knob


Knobs like these aren't just excellent for furniture pieces; they're wonderful for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, too. Replacing cabinet knobs is one of my favorite ways to upgrade a rental. I've seldom had a kitchen that hasn't been in need of a little zhushing, and getting creative with hardware is such a simple, easily reversible way to add more personality to an apartment. Since these knobs are so easy to order on Amazon and can be purchased individually, they're also easy to replace should one or two become worn over time.

I've gotten so many compliments on my desk setup and truly think that the new knobs make the piece.