Pretty Pulls

{I will have you know that I had to think long and hard about that post title.  Anything with the word “knobs” was nothing more than an invitation to some unfortunate googling.  This blogging gig is hard.  Just so you know.}

I love details.

One of my favorite things to do is seeking out ways to make a bitty tiny (inexpensive!) change that makes a big impact.

I’ve already told you about my affinity for lighting.  I even wrote an entire post dedicated to nothing but hooks.

My fascination with hardware continues.

It’s like the fun drop earrings on an otherwise boring little black dress.

I have actually had this post sitting in my drafts half finished for over a year.  Somehow, other, more pressing issues would come up, or I didn’t like one of the pictures I took, or some kid was bugging me.

Today, I take you on a tour of the hardware in my home.

If it was any more exciting, I’d need a permit.

(Pumpkins on the entry table?  October.  Of 2011.  That’s how long I’ve been meaning to write this post.  About pulls.  Not knobs.)

This is probably my favorite pull in the whole house.

Mustard and orange damask against dusty blue.

I got it in the dollar bins at Michael’s.  75% off.  So my favorite piece of cabinet hardware was a whopping quarter.  Few things excite me as much as this.

I even got real crazy and bought a few extras.  Just in case.

This is a small buffet in my living room that clearly needs cleaned.  These clunky metal rings came on the piece when I bought it, and I love them.

Plus, they clank loudly and alert me when certain someones try to open the doors.


You know…taking close up pictures and then having them real big on your computer screen shows what a lousy window cleaner you are.

But it’s still dark out.  And this post has waited long enough.  I’m not taking a new one.

Truth in blogging.  See?  I did it on purpose.  To be authentic.  Or something.

It’s what they tell you to be in those fancy blog conferences.

You know how people ask what you would grab from your house if it was on fire?

Well, besides the obvious of kids and my computer tower (since it holds every picture I’ve ever taken)…I would find a way to haul out this antique buffet.  In fact, I think this buffet deserves its own post.  It’s that awesome.


I love this whole thing.

Every imperfect, wonky inch.


When we updated our kitchen, I insisted on pretty hardware and was willing to splurge on it.

Replica glass knobs and hand cast bin pulls were my final choice.


They weren’t super cheap, but I think they really add the finishing touch to the kitchen.

I’d buy them again in a heartbeat.

(Besides, with as much use as they get in a kitchen, you probably don’t want to go cheap on them anyway.)


This tall dresser started as a piece purchased at one of those unfinished furniture places by Andy’s grandma and grandpa 30+ years ago.  It used to be peach with brass hardware.

A coat of black paint and glass pulls gave it new life and added bling to the girls’ room.

An armoire in the girls’ room has more glass knobs.

I adore these.

(I found all of the girls’ glass hardware on eBay for cheap.)

When I re-did my master bedroom a few years ago, I painted a giant hutch/armoire thing the same blue as the table in my entryway (yay for leftover paint!), and added these gorgeous handpainted knobs from Cost Plus World Market.

The little brass button in the center is perfect.

The dresser in my room had big brass pulls on them…a coat of white paint and simple black hardware with just a touch of detail updated the entire thing.  (You can click here to see the before/after of my bedroom furniture.)

My nightstands also got a coat of white paint and navy blue and brass ceramic knobs (also from Cost Plus World Market).

blue curtain

My newest set of pulls are these pretty pale minty blue ceramic ones I found at Pier 1 last weekend.  (They also had sunny yellow and an orange/red if you’re interested…$5 each!).

They match my curtain panels perfectly and they’re not too obnoxiously obvious against the white cabinets…if you’re astute (or a creepy stalker), you’ll notice that I recently painted this cabinet too.  You can see it in its builder-grade orange honey oak glory here…first pic.)

(Side note: I put those pictures together be all fancy and collage like I’ve seen on Pinterest…but it just looks like I have a curtain in front of my cabinet.  Fail.  Someday I’ll be a professional blogger.)

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen pretty hardware in a store and stood there trying to make up a place to install them.  Next up on my project list is the kids’ bathroom.  Which will certainly include new hardware.  Now to find the energy to paint MORE cabinets.  Grrr…

Do you have pretty cabinet hardware in your house?  


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    What is your process for painting cabinetry? Have you ever done cabinets that are cheap-o press board?
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    wow, you really have enough cute PULLS to write an entire post! love them. :)

    we used to have that ikea cabinet with the lock. i bought it for the look and the storage and put it together while my(then)toddlers were napping. when i realized that the lock actually worked, i was thrilled and promptly locked that sucker up! first thing my littles did when they came down from their rest was pull at those doors. Ha-ha! tv equipment saved from grubby (sweet) little hands at last!
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    When we re-did our kitchen 2 yrs ago, we saved a little bit of money by not adding knobs/pulls. I always meant to buy them… I just never did. Now I am inspired. // Super bummed that the World Market in town closed, though. // I need to work up the nerve to paint my furniture. I love the blue table and armoire. // Thanks for letting us see the streaks on your TV cabinet… now I feel better.
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    super fantastic – we share the same affinity for pretty pulls! my favorite kind are the antique ones or looking ones but I also like the painted fancy ones!

    one day soon, I will have my own place and am going to spruce up my furniture with new pulls!! Oh and love hooks too – that post you did on hooks made me drool.

    have a great day!


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    I have never realised one can write such a great post about pulls…:) I like the first one, mustard-orange, the best. It fits so perfectly even though it is not supposed to fit, if you know what I mean! :)
    I don’t think I put any attention to these little things although now when you pointed that out I am looking around my room and checking all the pulls out! ;)

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    It is jewelry for furniture! The pull in the first image is lovely and unique.

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    All of our kitchen cabinets have different colored pulls on them – all from Cost Plus. I’ll have to do a post and take some pictures :)

    Where did you get the paisley blue and green curtains? Those are awesome!
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    ok, you have such cute furniture and darling pulls/knobs! love them allllll:)
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