In my last post I explained how I went about painting these two wonderful, but old, pieces of furniture. Here they are!!
These are the same two pieces?! Haha, I love seeing before and after pictures so if you want to skip all the text to see the pictures, go ahead. For now, I will explain how we went about making the ring pulls and installing them.
DIY Ring Pulls:
(Thanks to Sarah M. Dorsey Designs for her tutorial!)
Kingchain 2 inches harness ring- $1.48 @Home Depot
Kingchain 1 inch harness ring 2 count- $1.23 @Home Depot
3/16×2 cotter pin 5 pack- $1.20 @Home Depot
5/16×2 cotter pin 5 pack- $1.20
Flat washer .11 each*
Bevel washer .11 each*
*We bought smaller sized washers for the 1 inch rings but I threw out the receipt before I wrote down the price.
I spent a good month or more looking for a set of ring pulls that suited my style. I knew I wanted silver but in Canada, not only are ring pulls hard to come by, the colour selection is pitiful. There were these neat handmade forged iron ring pulls from Lee Valley that I loved but I could not see them working with my decor. They may have use for future projects though 🙂
Feeling disappointed that I could not find the rings and thinking I may have to go with another design, I took one last shot searching Pinterest and did my search prove worthwhile! I found Sarah M. Dorsey’s DIY tutorial and could not believe how easy it was to make the pull rings. The overall total cost of the rings being under $2 each was an added bonus!
*For another neat take on this tutorial, check out Heroth Home. Her use of conduit locknuts make for very unique ring pulls.
I found all my supplies at Home Depot. The rings are actually heavy duty harnesses, probably for boats and docks. Good ole Hubby did the math and picked out the sizes I needed for the cotter pins and washers. At first I was only going to use 2 inch rings on all the drawers, but I could not figure out where to place the rings on the top two drawers (they give off the illusion they are 4 drawers but are really only 2 drawers.) We decided to install the rings on all the drawers except for the top two until I decided what I wanted to do. I then saw that Home Depot carried 1 inch rings and thought they would look really cute at the top of the dresser. In the end we ended up making 8 1-inch ring pulls and 11 2-inch ring pulls.
To make the rings, Dan opened the cotter pin and squeezed it over the harness ring. You could use a ruler to help open the pin but he used his nails. Probably not the best choice, his hands hurt for a week afterwards. You want to slide the ring to the end of the cotter pin’s head. Pinch the pin together so you can slide the beveled washer over it, resulting in the picture below.
The beveled washer gives the illusion that the ring pull is all one piece molded together. It is really neat how she came up with this idea and I like them better than the store bought. Now you will need to measure where you want your rings to sit. There are probably two options:
1) Line the ring up so the beveled washer piece is centred with the middle of the drawer.
2) Line the ring up so the middle of the ring is centred with the middle of the drawer.
We did the 4 bottom drawers of the dresser first and I thought it would look better with the washer being in the centre of the drawer. After we measured we drilled the holes, sliding the cotter pin through the hole until the beveled washer was flush against the front of the drawer. We used a mallet to gently push the cotter pin through.
*Dan accidentally applied too much pressure to the one drawer that had a pre-existing crack so I had to touch that up a bit. A little noticeable but nothing too worrisome.
When we stood back to admire those 4 drawers I had a bad feeling. I started to wish I had centred the rings with the dresser drawer, not the washer… Problem is that I am lazy and did not want to fill in the holes, repaint and drill the holes again. We decided to centre the rings on the end table and I loved the result!
However, the more I thought about it, the more I liked both ways. So, with the small 1 inch rings on the top two drawers, we decided to centre the rings. This way, those two drawers matched the end table and the bottom drawers stood out a bit more. I mean, it is hardly noticeable, the bottom rings may be an inch lower at best. But make sure you look at various dressers before you make up your mind. I saw that the choice was 50/50 when going through other dressers with ring pulls online.
The 1 inch rings were a perfect fit. When we first brought them home I was shocked at how small they were, but it added a whole new element to the dresser. I am glad all the whim decisions turned out for the better!
To secure the rings, open up the cotter pins so that one pin leg points up, the other points down. They will be rough to open so a ruler may come in handy here. Use your mallet to hammer them done flush against the inside of the dresser. Woohoo! All done! And just for fun, here is the before and after picture! What a difference. I thought with the end table being repainted white that I would see no difference but I am glad I have the before picture as a reference.