quick diy: leather strap drawer pulls

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

i’m a woman who loves diys, in any magnitude, but sometimes you just wanna do something quick and easy that’s going to give a lot of impact. one of those things is drawer pulls. they are an easy way to transform and personalize anything from cabinets to dressers to nightstands and can add a lot of interest. i have this ikea dresser which, although very nice, lacked a little personality and needed just a little something to give it more style.

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

anthro drawer pulls

several months ago i was scouring anthropologie’s sale room (which is admittedly one of my favorite things to do) and found a few ivory/leather drawer pulls for pretty cheap (maybe like 2.95 a piece?) and snatched them up. i couldn’t find enough to replace the whole dressers pulls so i had to settle for just the top skinny drawers. for months i left the original hardware on the bottom half and every. single. day it bothered the heck out of me because it looked so incomplete. but i just couldn’t quite figure out what exactly i wanted to do. i knew the knobs would never all match each other but i couldn’t envision what i wanted them to be. i looked online, and thought about making a pull bar instead having individual knobs but decided i would much rather do something quick and not have to devote a lot of time and money to doing something so custom.

then it struck me, i’ll make my own leather pulls (of course!) and it would perfectly complement the anthropologie one’s i already bought. and after the gathering of supplies the whole project from execution to installation took no more than 20 to 30 minutes and i just love it! let me show you how i did it.

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

here’s what you’ll need:

  • scrap leather; here is similar and needed two pieces
  • machine screw or bolt and hex nuts in desired finish; i just love the brass finish on mine!
  • cutting mat, exacto knife and ruler

the process is pretty simple. determine the width and length you desire and and cut out the strips. i tried to eliminate waste of material so tried to use dimensions that allowed me four pieces per scrap, which ended up making each piece 1.5″ w by 4.75″ l. i found this size to be good and allows for a few fingers to get in there when pulling.

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls


once cut, i flipped to the back side or rougher side to mark an ‘x’ as to where i was going to cut a hole for the screw to poke through. my leather was very soft so it took just a few swipes of my exacto to cut through. if you want to use thicker leather you might need a leather punch. i estimated where to the draw the ‘x’ and kept it 0.5″ from end and about halfway through that line. i’ll admit it was risky to not be precise, but actually had no troubles with the pieces lining up so it all worked out!

once the pieces were cut, i prepped them by poking the screws through. i have to add that the brass and leather look is just so. sooooooo. good.

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

design and curiosity: quick leather drawer pulls

and voila! i have to say that i am super pleased with how it turned out! it was quick (20-30 minutes) and cheap (total came in around $15 with coupon for the leather pieces) and now my dresser looks so much more stylish! what do you think?? would you add leather strap pulls to any of your furniture?

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  • Reply Taylor Jones 08/01/2016 at 9:24 am

    Catherine! This is so cool!!!!!!! Looks great!

    • Reply catherinehblu 08/01/2016 at 9:45 am

      Thank you, Taylor!

  • Reply Tina 08/17/2016 at 10:37 pm

    love this !!!

    • Reply catherinehblu 08/26/2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thanks, Tina!

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