I really loved the idea of these handles and so the pantry pulled me back in (pun intended). Now I said I loved the idea of these pulls. I didn't like the finish of these for our pantry and the gauge of the rope was a little small for me. Also, with shipping, 3 of these pulls would have cost me $45 and that seemed a little high for drawer pulls that I didn't absolutely love (you can call me cheap; I fully embrace it).
This is where Nate and my skills work really well together. I described what I wanted to Nate, who never saw the pictures. He then interpreted this idea and, with the help of a Lowe's guy who was willing to think outside the box, figured out how to make it happen.
This is our end result
And this is how we did it. We started with 5/8 twisted manila rope and cut it into sections long enough for our 5" hole spacing on our drawers. We put a thin layer of electrical tape at the end so it wouldn't fray.
Then we took a 5/8" zinc plated regular nut which was twice as long as we wanted and Nate used his sawzall to cut it exactly in half. We then screwed the nut onto each end of the rope so that the non-cut end was toward the rope. Since both rope & nut were 5/8", this was a pretty snug fit, but we added some glue so that it would not pull out.
Then we used well nuts to secure the nuts to the drawer. These are really cool. they are rubbery and as you screw a regular screw in, it bulges out and hold on to the nut. We cut the top off so that we wouldn't see the black against the drawer.
Here is our handle ready to be attached to the drawer.
We had to make sure that the nut was flush with the draw while we attache the screw so that the well nut would expand inside the nut.
Once one side was attached, we yanked on it to make sure it really was attached. Then we attached the other side and we were done (well 1/3 of the way done)
Here is the new handle next to the old handle
We really really love how these turned out. The rope really pulls in the burlap floor and the counter and the nuts incorporate the pipes in our shelving.
Here is another finished pic. This project didn't take very long at all and we love the result!
Here's the break down in price:
Rope: $0.58/foot x 2 feet = $1.16
Nuts: $2.87 x 3 = $8.58
Well Nut: $1.32 x 6 = $7.92
Screws and washers: $3.52
Total with Tax and 5% Lowe's discount: $21.54
Savings off of the Anthropologie handles: $21.42
Do you love these but don't want to build them yourself? We'll make them for you! Click here for large pulls and here for small pulls
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