Friday, June 13, 2014

Dresser Makeover with Leather Pulls

dresser makeover with leather pulls

A simple dresser makeover with new diy leather pulls for my son.  Some red paint and brown leather made this dresser new and masculine.

dresser makeover before and after

More is less when comes to kids and keeping their clothes neat, and by that I mean more smaller drawers versus large oversized drawers.  This dresser with 5 medium size drawers is very managable for my six year old son.  He can see what's in the drawers and easily operate them which means he has no excuse not to put away his clean laundry!

diy leather pulls detail

The leather pulls are my solution in place of using knobs.  I like the contrast of the leather against the industrial look of the shiny screw and washer.

diy leather pulls on red dresser

painted dresser with leather pulls collage

The edges are distressed just enough to mimic normal wear and tear and allow for a bit of the wood tone to peak through.

distressed painted dresser detail

How to makeover a dresser with leather pulls:

how to makeover a dresser

Step 1: Remove hardware (keep screws to reuse) and sand surface smooth.

painting a dresser

Step 2: Paint two coats (I used a mix of colors I had on hand to get this red.)  Sand in between coats.

Step 3: Seal with 2 coats clear satin polyureathane.

cutting leather into pulls

Step 4: Cut leather strips 1 1/4"w x 4"l.

holes in leather pulls

Step 5: Fold strip in half and cut small hole.

attaching leather pull to drawer

Step 6: Fold strip in half, place a washer then screw into drawer front.
If necessary use a nut on the interior to keep screw in position.

boy's bedroom makeover

To see the rest of this boy's bedroom click here.


  1. It looks great! I love the leather pulls.

  2. love those! i have been wanting to do some leather pulls!

  3. What a difference! It looks great painted and with the new pulls, nice job!!