I have always been a huge fan of hardware and changing it on a piece to create a one of a kind look. Typically I buy a piece second hand or from Ikea and by simply adding new cabinet/draw pulls it makes the piece seems more high end and custom. When I bought these Billy Bookcases from Ikea I knew I needed to upgrade the pulls so I searched my favorite places like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters for the perfect addition. I even ordered a few but unfortunately they didn’t make the cut.
Then I bought these baskets from Target and immediately thought leather! I could buy leather pulls and that would complete the look. But…it was the weekend and I didn’t want to wait a whole week for new ones to arrive. I was impatient but it paid off because I started to think, what do I have at home? Then I remembered I had left over leather from this project.
With the left over leather from these leather wrapped candles I was able to make 12 leather pulls. I only needed 6 but I’ll save the rest for another project. Wait until you see how much they cost, your mind will be blown!
What you will need for this project:
a sheet of leather (mine is light khaki, buy 12″ x 12″ or 10″ x 10″)
an exacto knife or scissors
brass bolts ( mine are 1/8″ x 1 1/4″)
decorative brass washers to go around top of screw/bolt (mine are 1/2″ in diameter)
nuts (mine fit 1/8″)
First you will need to cut your strips. I used the width of the ruler which is a little over an inch. You can adjust your width to any size.
After I cut the strips I trimmed them to the length of 4.5″. They will make 2″ loops. You can trim this length before you cut the strips, it might be easier. I also marked holes on the top with a cardboard template. Then I drilled with a drill bit that fit the bolt. Do the top and bottom holes separately for better accuracy.
This above is what your 3 parts will look like; your bolt, washer and nut.
The holes you make on the top, for the face you will also need to make on the bottom. I put them together and marked with a pen. Then I drilled the bottom hole.
Loop them together and insert your hardware. Viola, and there you have it, simple DIY leather draw pulls for $1.10 a piece!!
I love how it complements the darker wood tones in the room as well!
Have a happy day!