DIY Leather Pulls

DIY Leather Pulls

Okay, so we are finally finishing up Camden's room! I have been dragging my feet on getting him a bed since he sleeps with us and once a bed goes into his room, he won't have as much space to play with his toys. But I think it's time to put a bed in his room.

I've had his dresser for a while now and I just finished it. I couldn't find a dresser for him that I liked that wasn't a couple thousand dollars or if I did find one that was more affordable, it was not great quality. So I went to craigslist and was on the hunt for a long time until I found the one. I began the painting process. I wanted a certain look and took some practice to finally get it right. I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then clear wax. I will link the colors below.

Now on to the pulls. I really wanted leather pulls but I wanted them in an exact color and I wasn't able to find what I was looking for. So I decided to do a little added dIY. After a few attempts at buying leather straps online and returning them because it wasn't the right color, I finally found the color I was looking for. However, when I received the leather, it was too thin. Luckily, I couldn't return one of the leather straps that I purchased prior so I gorilla glued two together and it worked perfectly.

So here's a little DIY!


Dresser: Craigslist

Leather Straps:
What I ended up doing to get the color I wanted was purchased these Here and glued it to this thick leather strapping Here.

Other thick leather strap options:
Here and Here

Screws and bolts



-Measure the distance between the pre-drilled holes in the the dresser drawers.

-Measure out the leather and cut your pieces two inches longer than the distance of your pre-drilled holes. Mine were 5.5" for the large drawers and 3.25" for the small drawers, so I cut my leather straps to 7.5" and 5.5". This will allow for space to put your hand in to pull out the drawer. When cutting the leather straps, I used an xacto knife.

-To drill the holes, I found a piece of wood in our garage to back the leather straps. I measured 3/4" in on each side, marked it and then drilled the holes. Repeat for each strap.

-Put the screws in the washer, then through the leather straps, then through the hole in the drawer and attach it with the bolt.

*Like I stated above, I bought a suede strap and gorilla glued it to a leather strap. I just couldn't find the right color leather. Gluing the two together was the first step prior to cutting and drilling holes.

Other info:
Grey Paint here
White Paint here
Wax here
Brush here

How I painted:
This is going to take some practice and it depends on the look that you are going for. I mixed the grey paint with some water so its almost like a wash. Then I went over the entire dresser and drawers. Then I went and wiped off where I wanted the original stain to show through. Then once that dried, I repeated this same thing with the white and wiped off the areas where I wanted the stain and grey to show through. I would say that I repeated this process a number of times to get the look that I wanted. Once I was happy with the look, I went over it with the wax. I just used an old cotton t-shirt. I would do a few thin coats of wax.

Tanya R Ng

Tanya R Ng

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