We refaced our cabinets and found that the ugly vintage hardware was very difficult to replace. The sizing of modern hardware had changed, and not wanting to redrill/refill holes on all the freshly painted cabinets, I knew I had to come up with a quick fix — fast. Problem was, I really didnt like the look of the hardware. Painting alone didnt seem to cut it; I wanted a certain look. When I saw the the rope pull from Anthropologie, I was inspired.
The Redressed Cabinet Pull AFTER:
As you can see, it is a dramatic difference. An entirely different look. What makes this project exciting are the possibilities. I used grey paint because our counters will be concrete and i wanted a subtle contrast with an all-white paint job. I also used a regular garden twine because thats what i had in my box, although one could experiment with ropes and twines of different shades and textures. Finally, as you can see above (one grey – one brown), you can customize the screw color, offering contrast, or paint them the same. Both options have totally different results. My directions are below. You may have to play around and adjust according to your materials and pull. But this is very doable. I did it in one day. If you come up with good techniques or awesome results — we wanna see!!!!
Oh and just for fun—-Heres another picture of our glorious 1970′s cabinetry and hardware. Im sure when Betty originally installed them she was tickled pink. That brass and brown shine is blinding.
Here is the how to:
1. Clean your hardware if its old or has been used!!! I had to use a bowl of soapy water and a brillo pad, discovering that there was an unrecognizable oil slick on the handles. You can’t tell- until you start scrubbing. Ewww!
2. Paint. If you are painting, make sure you’ve cleaned. You’ll need an enamel paint or something similarly tough. Especially on metal, or it will just peel and chip right off. I used Rustoleum and custom mixed my own colors.
3. After dry, get out your rope! I used regular garden twine because that’s what I had in my bucket of craft stuff, but you can go explore. I bet there are some better options out there. You may find me retwisting one day if i find a better rope (insanity).
4. I tied three pieces of rope together and put them on the underneath of the handle. Slowly twisting the rope, I began to twist around the handle, starting on one side and working down, basically wrapping over the knot on the underside. (Remember to continually twist if you want that tight twist look!)
5. Keep twisting all the way to the end of the handle. At the second to last loop around, make it big so you will be able to pull the rope through on the underside. This will become your end knot. You will be able to tighten it after.
6.Pull the loose ends through the open loop on the underside of the handle and then pull to tighten the loop. At this point, your handle should be wrapped. Next tie several small tight knots with the loose ends. I finish by cutting closely and using glue to coat the knotted area. This keeps it extra tight and helps to keep it from unraveling itself.