You may remember a frustrated Instagram post from when we first moved into the new place….the old joys of putting together Ikea furniture Its really not that hard, its just I’m so impatient and the Husbeast insists on “doing it right”. That means lots of wood glue and waiting. I’m not good at waiting. Ask anyone who knows me, if I have to wait something out I’m just the worst. When we bought the aforementioned Ikea dresser I knew I wanted to jazz it up. Its got the really nice soft close drawers and its become a very handy storage piece in our bedroom.
At the current moment it basically serves as the only artwork/decor we’ve got in there haha. I have to say artwork has been the very last thing we’ve tried to put together in this house, so we still have none of that.
Initially I was inspired by my Metallic Ear Bud holder to try to make some very cool leather drawer pulls. After a horrendous experience with a company called Yohiba I gave up. I’ve never yet received the product or a refund and am currently battling them through my credit card company. Once it seemed that idea was out the window I dreamed up the idea of copper drawer pulls. I wanted something industrial but still shiny and purdy, and my love for copper can be seen all over the house. I was literally pondering how copper pulls might be possible when I stumbled across a post from That’s My Letter about making copper pulls. Did the stars align or what?!
And that my friends is how my copper drawer pull project happened
I initially hunted on Amazon for great supplies but ultimately found the best pricing for the copper bell hangers I needed at Zoro. The rest of the supplies came from my happy place, Home Depot.
When we first received the bell hangers (that’s what you see top left above) we realized the screws were too long, so we did replace those with other screws from Home Depot. We also purchased the copper caps from Zoro as well, though we got the piping and a clear acrylic spray at Home Depot.
What we did first was figure out how long we wanted our pulls to be, and we pre-drilled holes in the drawer fronts to attach the bell hangers too. We ended up leaving them there for a few days until we could get to Home Depot for clear enamel spray. We wanted to coat the handles so they’d stay nice and shiny. Here’s what I ooh’d and aah’d over for a couple of days….
Once we had the enamel on hand we used a pipe cutter tool to cut six 15″ sections of copper piping. We then used pipe glue to glue the caps on for durability.
We sand papered one pipe to see if we liked it scratched up but I decided against it. You can see it below.
Next we simply clear coated the pipes/caps and let them dry. Once they were dry we gave them a quick cleaning with some Barkeepers Friend and then installed them! They’re fairly simple to screw into the bell hangers, as you can see below.
We did use a measuring tape to make sure we had the same amount of copper pull hanging off both ends, essentially ensuring our pipe was centered.
And that’s it you guys! Can you believe what a simple change did for this dresser?! I’m sure it would help if I had some artwork hung above it, but you get the idea