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The P500 Update: Changing Drawer Pulls

Small design tweaks can make a big difference!

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Photography: Jilson Tiu

Hardware is an often overlooked accessory that can transform any drab furniture piece or even the look of a room. Although small and sometimes barely noticeable, these details can instantly turn into conversation starters for guests who have the same keen eye for design and a great way to make a generic item your own. The best part? Upgrading your hardware won't put a dent in your wallet. If you want to liven up a space or dress up an antique, you can start by making your own drawer pulls. Here's how you can do it: 

What you need: 

  • A leather belt (roughly P250 or upcycle one of your belts that you don't wear often!)
  • Knots and bolts (around P150)
  • Marker (around P50-100)
  • Drill 
  • Scissors 

How-to: 

1. If you're working with a secondhand piece, all you have to do is unscrew the original hardware and measure the length between the original holes. If it is a new or a custom-made item, feel free to choose the length of your handles. 

2. Using the drill, bore two holes on new drawers. (For secondhand pieces, remember to go as wide as the original size of the old handle to achieve a perfect fit.)

3. Draw dots on the belt using a marker to serve as a guide for where you're going to cut it. Prepare as many leather strips as you need. 

4. Place each leather strip over the holes, center it and mark where you're going to bore holes. You can use the same drill for this step, too. 

5. Secure your new handles on each drawer using your chosen knots or bolts to keep them in place. 

RL Tip: If you want to play around with texture, use the underside of the leather belt. You can also choose to work with vintage-inspired knots and bolts to give your piece rustic flair. 

Ready for more DIY tips or maybe your own makeover? Contact interior designer Ruby Besira by sending her a message via id.rubybesira[at]gmail.com. 

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