The last piece of major furniture I needed for the nursery was a dresser to use as the changing table. I knew from the beginning a distressed aqua piece was just the ticket. I started with this sweet little dresser that a generous blog reader passed on to me several months ago.
It was the perfect height and just the right petite size. I removed the hardware, filled in the old hardware holes, and taped off the top before painting the rest with two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. A little distressing with some 150 grit sandpaper was the perfect thing to bring out the dresser’s charm.
And then came the big hardware decision. I went back and forth between several options from my stash in the basement. (The hardware stash managed to survive the big basement purge of 2012). In the end I decided it was finally time to break out my collection of vintage glass doorknobs.
I happened to have six perfect specimens. Upon closer examination, I found that all of my door knobs had a round threaded hole, which made finding hardware to attach them to the dresser much easier. (If you are working with door knobs with the older style square hole, check out this tutorial from Infarrantly Creative on how to make them work).
I hauled my bag full of door knobs to Lowes to figure out what size hardware I needed. I ended up needing several different sizes of bolts. (Vintage hardware doesn’t exactly come in standard sizes). I went with two inch hex bolts in each of the needed diameters.
I measured each drawer to find the correct position for the knob and then drilled a hole for the new hardware. I took care to make each hole very slightly larger than the hex bolt that would be going through it. It needed to be big enough for the bolt to slip through the hole but not so large the knob would be wobbly.
Figuring out exactly where to put the hardware was in itself a bit of a decision. I was torn between lining all of the knobs up in two straight lines or keeping the hardware in the more traditional spots they were in previously. So after attaching the first two knobs, I did a little computer mock-up to see which version looked better.
Even though I did like the symmetry of the straight lines, the proportions just looked off. So I decided to go with the more classic arrangement.
I love how unique the doorknobs make this piece. And, as always, love when a great project comes together without having to buy anything. (Well, I did have to spend $5 on some bolts). For more ideas for repurposing vintage door knobs check out this post.
Have you ever used vintage door knobs as drawer pulls? Or used them anywhere else around the house?